2021 Kia PBA Playoffs Quarterfinals Begin This Sunday on FS1

Quarterfinalists resume battling for the $100,000 top prize and WWE championship title belt

Milford, Conn.—Eight Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour players continue their quests to become the 2021 Kia PBA Playoffs champion with the quarterfinals airing this Sunday and Monday on Fox Sports’ FS1. Sunday at noon ET, Kyle Troup will face Thomas Larsen and François Lavoie will take on defending champion Bill O’Neill. Monday at 8 p.m. ET will feature EJ Tackett batting Cristian Azcona and Tom Daugherty against Sam Cooley.


No. 1 Kyle Troup vs. No. 9 Thomas Larsen

Top seed Troup advanced to the quarterfinals after a roll-off victory over No. 16 seed Anderson. Troup, who has three top-10 finishes in majors this season including his first major title in the PBA Players Championship, has already earned $369,200 this season. Troup will face Thomas Larsen, who also won his first major title this season in the USBC Masters. Larsen earned his way into the quarterfinals with a 2-0 sweep of Anthony Simonsen.


No. 4 François Lavoie vs. No. 12 Bill O’Neill

Lavoie, the winner of both the 2021 Kia PBA Tournament of Champions and Guaranteed Rate PBA Super Slam, is looking to win his third six-figure prize check of the season in the PBA Playoffs. Lavoie defeated Dick Allen in a Round of 16 roll-off to earn a match with defending Playoffs champion O’Neill, who also advanced via a roll-off, defeating Jakob Butturff. O’Neill finished second in the 2019 PBA Playoffs before winning in 2020.


No. 10 EJ Tackett vs. No. 15 Cristian Azcona

Tackett advanced to the quarterfinals by eliminating 2019 PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather in a roll-off. Tackett has two third-place finishes in 2021, including in the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship. Azcona upset No. 2 seed Chris Via in two straight games to move into the quarterfinals. Azcona finished fourth in the U.S. Open, winning the opening match on the stepladder to guarantee himself a Playoffs berth.


No. 3 Tom Daugherty vs. No. 11 Sam Cooley

Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship winner Daugherty needed an additional roll-off to get past Jason Sterner in the Round of 16. After the players each won a game, they tied at 39 in the ninth-and-10th-frame roll-off, requiring an additional, sudden-death one-ball roll-off. Daugherty struck to Sterner’s nine to advance. Likewise, PBA Scorpion champion Cooley needed several roll-offs to get past Jesper Svensson. With Cooley trailing 1-0 in the match, he and Svensson tied at 223 in game two. Cooley broke that tie in a one-ball roll-off to force a ninth-and-10th-frame roll-off to decide the match. Cooley advanced with a 35-16 win over Svensson in the deciding roll-off.


The winner of the PBA Playoffs, which conclude May 16 on FOX Broadcast Channel, will earn $100,000 and a custom WWE championship title belt.


Kia PBA Playoffs Upcoming Television Schedule

Sunday, May 9 at noon ET on FS1 – Quarterfinals

Monday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 – Quarterfinals

Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m. ET on FS1 – Semifinals

Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX – Championship


Kia PBA Playoffs Champions Since 2019

2019 – Kris Prather

2020 – Bill O’Neill


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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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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