PBA Guaranteed Rate World Series of Bowling XII Starts Sunday

Five titles, including the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship, to be decided

Tampa, Fla.—The PBA Guaranteed Rate World Series of Bowling XII begins this weekend in Tampa. Five PBA Tour titles—the Cheetah Championship, Chameleon Championship, Scorpion Championship, Mark Roth Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship—will be on the line at AMF University Lanes. The qualifying and match play rounds will be streamed live on FloBowling, Mar. 7-17, and the stepladder finals will air Mar. 13-17, live on FOX Broadcast Channel (World Championship) and Fox Sports’ FS1 (all other events).

Here are some of the top storylines heading into the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Series of Bowling XII:

Belmonte’s Recent World Championship Dominance

Jason Belmonte has won each of the past three PBA World Championship titles. The PBA record holder in major titles with 13, Belmonte won his first World Championship in 2017 over Jesper Svensson. The event wasn’t held in 2018, but Belmonte successfully defended his title in 2019, earning his record-breaking 11th career major title. Belmonte won again in 2020. If he can win this year, he’ll be the first player ever to win the World Championship four times in a row. He’s currently one of two players ever to win three in a row, although the other—Earl Anthony—won the event in three consecutive seasons on two separate occasions (1973-1975, 1981-1983).

Major Performances from Lavoie and Simonsen

François Lavoie and Anthony Simonsen have qualified for the televised finals of both majors so far this season. Lavoie finished third in the PBA Players Championship, then won the Kia PBA Tournament of Champions. Simonsen was fifth in the Players Championship and second to Lavoie in the Tournament of Champions. Going back to the final major of 2020—the PBA World Championship—and both players were in the top five there as well, with Lavoie finishing fourth and Simonsen second.

Animal Patterns in Play

Ten games of qualifying on each of three animal patterns—Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion—will determine the 16 finalists for each animal-pattern event as well as the 30 players who will advance to PBA World Championship cashers round and the 16 teams that qualify for Roth/Holman Doubles match play.

Sean Rash (Cheetah), Belmonte (Chameleon) and Carsten Hansen (Scorpion) enter as the defending champions on each animal pattern. Belmonte has won the Chameleon Championship three times, including each of the past two seasons.

Roth/Holman Doubles Returns to World Series

The Mark Roth Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship returns to the World Series of Bowling for the first time since WSOB III during the 2011-2012 season, when Norm Duke and Wes Malott took their first of two victories in this event. Duke and Malott repeated as champions in 2015, the next time the event was held.

Defending champions Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson have also won the event twice, winning in Portland, Maine in 2017 and Indianapolis last season.

The qualifying and match play rounds of the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Series of Bowling XII will be streamed live on FloBowling beginning Sunday, Mar. 7 at noon ET from AMF University Lanes in Tampa, Fla. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.

For the full PBA Guaranteed Rate World Series of Bowling XII schedule, visit pba.com/node/118416.

PBA Guaranteed Rate World Series of Bowling Streaming and TV Schedule

Qualifying and match play – Mar. 6-12, 15-17, noon ET on FloBowling

PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship – Mar. 13, 2 p.m. ET on FOX

Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship – Mar. 14, 3 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA Cheetah Championship – Mar. 15, 8 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA Chameleon Championship – Mar. 16, 8 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA Scorpion Championship – Mar. 17, 8 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA World Championship Winners Since WSOB I

2009-10 – Tom Smallwood

2010-11 – Chris Barnes

2011-12 – Osku Palermaa

2012-13 (WSOB IV)* – Parker Bohn III

2012-13 (WSOB V)* – Dom Barrett

2014 – Mike Fagan

2015 – Gary Faulkner Jr.

2016 – EJ Tackett

2017 – Jason Belmonte

2018 – event not held**

2019 – Jason Belmonte

2020 – Jason Belmonte

PBA Cheetah Champions Since WSOB I

2009-10 – Norm Duke

2010-11 – Eugene McCune

2011-12 – Eugene McCune (not a WSOB event)***

2012-13 (WSOB IV)* – Bill O’Neill

2012-13 (WSOB V)* – Wes Malott

2014 – Anthony Pepe

2015 – Parker Bohn III

2016 – Mike Wolfe

2017 – Jesper Svensson

2018 – event not held**

2019 – Dick Allen

2020 – Sean Rash

PBA Chameleon Champions Since WSOB I

2009-10 – Bill O’Neill

2010-11 – Scott Norton

2011-12 – Jason Belmonte

2012-13 (WSOB IV)* – Scott Norton

2012-13 (WSOB V)* – Ryan Ciminelli

2014 – DJ Archer

2015 – Jesper Svensson

2016 – Mitch Beasley

2017 – Liz Johnson

2018 – event not held**

2019 – Jason Belmonte

2020 – Jason Belmonte

PBA Scorpion Champions Since WSOB I

2009-10 – Mike DeVaney

2010-11 – Yong-Jin Gu

2011-12 – Dom Barrett

2012-13 (WSOB IV)* – Tom Daugherty

2012-13 (WSOB V)* – Tom Smallwood

2014 – Michael Haugen Jr.

2015 – Jon Van Hees

2016 – Tommy Jones

2017 – EJ Tackett

2018 – event not held**

2019 – Kris Prather

2020 – Carsten Hansen

*As the PBA transitioned into a calendar-year season, two World Series of Bowling events were held in 2012-2013.

**World Series of Bowling X was moved to spring of 2019 as the PBA began its partnership with FOX.

***The 2011-2012 Cheetah Open took place at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. and was streamed live on PBA Xtra Frame.

Mark Roth Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Champions Since 2011

2011-12 – Norm Duke and Wes Malott

2012-13 – not held

2014 – not held

2015 – Norm Duke and Wes Malott

2016 – Connor Pickford and Anthony Simonsen

2017 – Jesper Svensson and Kyle Troup

2018 – Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill

2019 – Matt Ogle and Sean Rash

2020 – Jesper Svensson and Kyle Troup

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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