For the third consecutive PBA Tour event, Jakob Butturff earned the top seed for the stepladder finals after going 10-6 in match play at the 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open.
Butturff, who earned the No. 1 seed at the 2018 season-ending U.S. Open and last week’s PBA Hall of Fame Classic but finished second at both, will look to end his stepladder slump Sunday during the finals at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
After 37 games of qualifying and match play, Butturff averaged 244.92 and finished with a total of 9,362, including bonus pins.
Butturff is a unique left-hander who utilizes the fact that he’s double jointed to put an incredible amount of revolutions on the ball. Adding to the intrigue is that Butturff is the only player on the PBA Tour who uses a conventional grip drilling.
Joining Butturff in the stepladder finals in the No. 2 seed is Canada’s Patrick Girard, who went 12-4 in matches and totaled 9,251. Girard only bowled in four events on the PBA Tour last season, making the show and finishing fifth at the PBA Players Championship.
Also advancing to the show was third seed Jesper Svensson with 9,214, fourth seed Dom Barrett with 9,187 and fifth seed Tom Daugherty with 9,146.
Daugherty outdueled Jason Belmonte in the position-round match, 279-267, to jump from eighth place after 36 games into fifth place. Belmonte finished sixth, missing the show by 13 pins. Nick Pate, who was fifth going to into the position round, dropped to ninth place after a 199-182 loss to EJ Tackett.
The stepladder finals of the PBA Oklahoma Open will air live on FS1 at 11 a.m. Eastern for U.S. audiences, while international audiences can watch live on FloBowling. The finals will be available for on-demand viewing on FloBowling seven days after the show airs.
The action in Oklahoma continues tonight live on FloBowling with the first round of match play at the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. The Top 12 teams will bowl Baker doubles matches starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.