Round-robin match play streams live on FloBowling tomorrow beginning at noon ET
Tampa, Fla.—After 40 games of qualifying, 13-time PBA Tour champion EJ Tackett leads 16 players into PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship match play. Tackett, averaging 225, has been the World Championship leader at the end of all four days of World Series of Bowling XII action and holds a 442-pin lead over sixth place. The top five players after 16 games of match play qualify for the stepladder finals, airing live on FOX Broadcast Channel Saturday, Mar. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.
Tackett, who won the PBA World Championship in 2016, is one of seven major champions to qualify for match play, including Walter Ray Williams Jr., the all-time record holder with 47 PBA Tour titles. The 61-year-old PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time major champion, including three World Championship titles, qualified ninth with a 212 average.
Two-time PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty qualified second, 45 pins behind Tackett and 149 pins ahead of third-place Jakob Butturff.
The top 16 players in the World Championship begin round-robin match play tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.
PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship Match Play Qualifiers
AMF University Lanes – Tampa, Fla.
EJ Tackett +1,000
Tom Daugherty +955
Jakob Butturff +806
Kris Prather +650
Bill O’Neill +573
AJ Johnson +558
Tommy Jones +524
Chris Via +511
Walter Ray Williams Jr. +502
BJ Moore +501
Dom Barrett +496
Dick Allen +493
Kyle Troup +489
Shawn Maldonado +479
Zach Weidman +460
Kyle Sherman +460
Full PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship standings: www.pba.com/node/118416
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.