Bill O’Neill Leads PBA Scorpion Championship, World Championship Heading into Final Qualifying Round
by Jerry Schneider | Thursday, March 14, 2:24 PM
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Ten-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill tied with one-time PBA regional winner Kevin Donovan with a 1,179 five-game pinfall total Thursday to lead the first round of the PBA Scorpion Championship, the third tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes.
O’Neill’s performance in the first round of the Scorpion Championship also moved him into the qualifying lead for the PBA World Championship with a 5,695 pinfall for 25 games heading into this evening’s final Scorpion Championship qualifying round this evening at 6:30 p.m. ET.
In the Scorpion first round, O’Neill had games of 236, 254, 266, 214 and 209 while Donovan bowled games of 247, 249, 256, 179 and 248.
The top 16 players will advance to best-of-five single elimination match play on March 20. After match play, the top four players will advance to the Scorpion Championship finals on live on FS1 March 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
O’Neill and Donovan have a five-pin lead over 10-time PBA major winner Jason Belmonte in third with 1,174 and nine-pin lead over two-time tour winner Thomas Larsen of Denmark in fourth with 1,170.
After Scorpion Championship qualifying concludes, the top 45 players from the 135-player WSOB X field will advance to two five-game casher’s rounds on Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET. After the casher’s rounds, the field will be cut to 16 players for two eight-game round robin match play rounds on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the World Championship finals that will be aired live March 21 on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET.
O’Neill holds a 32-pin lead over two-time tour winner Tom Daugherty in second in World Championship qualifying who has a 5,663 25-game pinfall after the first Scorpion round.
Currently third in World Championship qualifying with a 5,655 pinfall is 2017 World Championship winner Belmonte, who is trying for a record 11th PBA major title if he can win the third major of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. Rounding out the top five are Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 5,605 and BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5,600.
For complete Scorpion standings click on https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2769
For World Championship standings click on https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2770