ALLEN PARK, Michigan – Jason Belmonte is just 16 games away from earning the top seed in all three majors so far this season on the PBA Tour as he leads the 2019 PBA World Championship heading into match play.
Belmonte, who won the PBA Tournament of Champions and finished second at the PBA Players Championship earlier this season, has a 40-game total of 9,247, a 231.18 average, at Thunderbowl Lanes.
The field of 45 cashers was trimmed to the top 16 for Saturday’s round robin match play, which begins at 9 a.m. Eastern live on FloBowling.
Belmonte led by 205 pins heading into the final round of qualifying and extended that lead to 259 pins with 16 games of match play remaining before the cut to the top five players is made Saturday evening.
BJ Moore jumped into second place with 8,988, while Tom Daugherty is third with 8,901. Kris Prather sits in fourth place with 8,852, and Bill O’Neill dropped from second place to fifth with 8,848.
O’Neill was the only player to make every cut this week as he made match play in all four events – the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and World Championship.
PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes earned the last spot in the World Championship match play in 16th place with 8,602, a 215.05 average. Andres Gomez shot 247 the final game but just missed making the cut by five pins.
Other advancers to match play included Kyle Sherman, Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, AJ Chapman, Shawn Maldonado, Anthony Simonsen, Norm Duke, Matt McNiel, Dick Allen and Rhino Page.