The World swept the USA, 2-0, in consecutive best-of-three matches to win the special USA vs. The World match to close out the 2019 PBA World Series of Bowling.
The USA was represented by EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Tom Daugherty, Kyle Sherman and Bill O’Neill, while The World team members were Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, Andres Gomez, Pontus Andersson and Sam Cooley.
The five players for each side were determined based on their 30-game qualifying totals on the animal patterns, Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion, last week. Each team was captained by a PBA Hall of Famer with Marshall Holman leading the USA team and Amleto Monacelli leading the international squad.
The format featured two best-of-three Baker matches with the third "game" being a sudden-death roll-off. Both matches split 1-1 and The World picked up overtime victories in each match to take the bragging rights, 2-0.
The opening match went to a roll-off after the teams split the two games. In overtime, Tackett and Belmonte both struck to kick things off but Simonsen stepped up and left the 2-10 split in the second roll-off. Needing just nine pins, Barrett struck to take the first match.
Tackett needed a double and three on the fill to lock up the first game after Belmonte struck out to finish the game first. Tackett delivered two perfect strikes and got the count for a 234-227 victory.
The second game also had a dramatic finish except this time Tackett didn’t deliver for the USA. Needing all three strikes to shut out the world in the final frame, Tackett left and missed the 1-2-4-10 washout. Belmonte stepped up and tossed a strike to even the match and send it to overtime with a 213-202 victory.
The second match also went to a roll-off after splitting the two games. After Tackett left a 2-8-10 split on the first shot of the roll-off, Belmonte stepped up and left a 10 pin to lock up the victory.
Belmonte could have thrown two strikes and eight pins to give The World a win in the opening game of Match 2 but instead tossed one strike and followed it up with a 7-10 split. Tackett then needed two strikes and three pins for the win and struck out to give the USA a 184-176 victory.
The second game of Match 2 was a blowout with The World taking a 204-156 victory after the USA left three straight splits for open in the middle of the match.
The USA vs. The World match was the final event of the 2019 PBA World Series of Bowling and capped off five consecutive nights of broadcasts on FS1 and FloBowling.