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With just one event remaining on the World Bowling Tour, a handful of players still have the opportunity to earn a spot in the season-ending WBT Men’s Finals, which will be broadcast by the PBA in 2019.
The World Bowling Men’s Championships, which will be broadcast live on FloBowling, will finalize the three men who advance to the WBT Finals show.
Anthony Simonsen and Stuart Williams are not competing in the World Championships in Hong Kong but have secured enough points to lock up the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the finals. The last spot, however, is still up for grabs.
Jason Belmonte currently occupies the third spot, but he is also not competing in Hong Kong, opening the door for four players to potentially take that final spot.
Belmonte has 1,441 points and is trailed by EJ Tackett (1,423), Andrew Anderson (1,382), Kyle Troup (1,366) and Thailand’s JoJoe Yannaphon (1,164), all of whom are competing in the World Championships.
Points in Hong Kong will be determined based on each player’s finish in either all-events or Masters match play. Points are awarded to the top 50 players with positions 17 through 50 based on all-events totals. Positions one through 16 will be determined based on finishing position in the Masters event at the World Championships, which consists of the Top 16 from the all-events standings.
The bottom line is this: Belmonte is very likely in jeopardy of being passed by Tackett, Anderson or Troup and who makes the finals will be based on where they finish in Hong Kong. Yannaphon is a longshot to make it and needs the others to perform poorly at the World Championships while finishing near the top of the standings.
As for the WBT Women’s Finals, that show is set with Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson and Daria Pajak advancing.
The finals for both the men and the women will be taped on Jan. 6 in Arlington, Texas, for broadcast on FS1 on March 10 at 10 p.m. ET.