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Belmo Wins 9th PBA Major at WSOB

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The two-handed Australian bowling star has done it again winning his 9th PBA Major at the World Series of Bowling in the US to firm as one of the greatest bowlers of all time.

On Monday morning (AEST) Belmonte won the PBA World Series of Bowling, his third Major for 2017 to not only take $60,0000 (USD) in prizemoney but become the first bowler in the history of the sport to win three majors in one calendar year.

In the championship match against Sweden’s Jesper Svensson the pressure was on and in the 10th frame Svensson left a seven and the title became Belmonte’s for the taking.  With the Australian only needing a strike and nine pins in his final frames victory was in reaching distance. 

With the pressure mounting, the Orange bowler delivered in both frames to take the historic title and move one step closer to Earl Anthony and Pete Webber who sit on top of the all-time PBA major winners list with 10 each to their names.

The win will also see the Australian firm in the PBA Player of the Year award, an accolade the 34-year-old has already won three times in his career.

During the tournament Belmonte made the TV finals for the Scorpion Championship and the Cheetah Championship alongside fellow Australian Sam Cooley.

With 4 PBA animal pattern titles on the line, Belmonte finished second in the Scorpion finals and fourth in the Cheetah finals with Cooley making only his second PBA TV finals to finish third on the Cheetah pattern.

Following the conclusion of the WSOB, Belmonte competed in the USA vs the World tournament and the World Bowling Tour Finals.

Part of a taped telecast on ESPN The World team took on the USA in a five-man baker format. In the two match event the USA defeated The World team 226-213 and 279-191.

In the World Bowling Tour Finals the Australian defeated Marshall Kent of the US in a one-ball roll off 10-8 to win the men's title and $12,500 (USD).

For all the final standings click here.