PORTLAND, Maine – Jakob Butturff, the second-highest seeded player in the PBA Playoffs, makes his debut in the show that airs tonight as he takes on Wes Malott.
The other matchup features Bill O’Neill battling Jesper Svensson. The show airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast for U.S. audiences on FS1 while international fans can watch on FloBowling.
Here are the two matches for tonight’s PBA Playoffs show:
No. 2 Jakob Butturff vs. No. 15 Wes Malott
By evidence of earning the second seed in the PBA Playoffs, Butturff is having a very strong season.
He entered the PBA Playoffs fresh off a victory at the USBC Masters and a second-place finish at the PBA World Championship. Since then, he finished second at the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, although that happened after the PBA Playoffs were taped.
Butturff won the PBA Oklahoma Open earlier this season and finished second in the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic.
Malott, meanwhile, survived a shocking first-round matchup with Josh Blanchard in which he won sitting on the bench. Blanchard needed nine pins on his fill ball to eliminate Malott and instead got seven to lose.
No. 7 Bill O’Neill vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson
O’Neill kicked off the season in the best possible way, winning the PBA Hall of Fame Classic for his first singles title in three years. That kicked off what has been a strong 2019 campaign for the PBA Hall of Fame eligible bowler.
At the World Series of Bowling X, O’Neill was the only player to make the cut in all four events and finished in the top 10 in every event. After finishing eighth at the PBA Cheetah Championship, he was 10th at the PBA Chameleon Championship.
He made the show in the final two events, finishing third at the PBA Scorpion Championship and fourth at the PBA World Championship.
Svensson pulled off the biggest upset in the Round of 24 when he defeated No. 10 Marshall Kent, 206-190. Needing a strike and eight pins to beat Kent, he struck out to survive and advance.