PBA World Series of Bowling XII Begins Monday

By Matt Stevens
March 6, 2021

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

The PBA World Series of Bowling XII begins on Monday (Australian time) in Tampa, Florida. Five PBA Tour titles—the Cheetah Championship, Chameleon Championship, Scorpion Championship, Mark Roth Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship (Major)—will be on the line at AMF University Lanes.

The qualifying, match play rounds and finals will be streamed live on FloBowling for Australians from Mar. 8-18, with the stepladder finals set to air Mar. 14-18.

Australian duo Jason Belmonte and Sam Cooley will be competing in this year’s events. Belmonte will be looking to continue his recent World Championship dominance as play gets underway.

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).

The Belmonte Family after Jason won the 2020 PBA World Championship XI

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.

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.

All the action from qualifying, match play rounds and finals from the PBA World Series of Bowling XII will be streamed live on FloBowling for Australian’s beginning Monday, Mar. 8 at 4.a.m AEDT from AMF University Lanes in Tampa, Fla. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com. All the latest news and results can also be found on the PBA website.


Schedule – All times in AEDT

Monday, March 8

4 a.m. – Cheetah Qualifying Round 1 (five games)

10 a.m. – Cheetah Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Top 16 advance to Best of 5, Single Elimination Match Play

Note: All qualifying games carry over to the PBA World Championship & PBA Roth/Holman Doubles

Tuesday, March 9

4 a.m – Chameleon Qualifying Round 1 (five games)

10 a.m – Chameleon Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Top 16 advance to Best of 5, Single Elimination Match Play

Note: All qualifying games carry over to the PBA World Championship & PBA Roth/Holman Doubles

Wednesday, March 10

4 a.m. – Scorpion Qualifying Round 1 (five games)

10 a.m. – Scorpion Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Top 16 advance to Best of 5, Single Elimination Match Play

Note: All qualifying games carry over to the PBA World Championship & PBA Roth Holman Doubles

Top 30 players advance to the PBA World Championship Cashers Rounds based on cumulative qualifying pin-fall of the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon & Scorpion Championships.

Top 16 teams advance to the PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Baker Match Play Rounds

Thursday, March 11

4 a.m. – World Championship Cashers Qualifying Round 1 (five games)

10 a.m. – World Championship Cashers Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Top 16 advance to PBA World Championship Match Play

Friday, March 12

4 a.m. – World Championship Match Play Round 1 (eight games)

10 a.m. – World Championship Match Play Round 2 (eight games)

Top 5 advance to the Stepladder Finals

Saturday, March 13

4.a.m.– Roth/Holman Doubles Match Play Round 1 (eight games)

10 a.m. – Roth/Holman Doubles Match Play Round 2 (eight games)

Top 5 teams advance to the Stepladder Finals

Sunday, March 14

5.a.m. – PBA World Championship Stepladder Finals*

Monday, March 15

6 a.m. – PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Stepladder Finals*

Tuesday, March 16

4 a.m.– Cheetah Round of 16 (best of five)

6 a.m. – Cheetah Round of 8 (best of five)

11 a.m. – Cheetah Championship Round*

Wednesday, March 17

4 a.m. – Chameleon Round of 16 (best of five)

6 a.m. – Chameleon Round of 8 (best of five)

11 a.m. – Chameleon Championship Round*

Thursday, March 18

4 a.m.– Scorpion Round of 16 (best of five)

6 a.m. – Scorpion Round of 8 (best of five)

11 a.m. – Scorpion Championship Round*


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

  • Credit to the PBA for the images

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