Svensson Tops Rash To Win In Thailand

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After putting on a dominating display in the fourth round, Jesper Svensson went on to win the PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand event as the top seed Saturday for his eighth career PBA Tour title.

Svensson defeated Sean Rash, 211-181, in the championship match to earn the top prize of one million Thai Baht, the equivalent of $32,358.06, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Svensson out-averaged the field by more than 35 pins again in the fourth round to earn the top seed. He fired games of 289, 300, 290, 218, 279 and 195 for 1,571, a 261.83 average. Rash earned the second seed with 1,354, a 225.67 average.

The hard-throwing two-handed lefty used his trusty Storm Pitch Black urethane ball to help him win the title in a low-scoring final match.

Rash and Svensson only threw one strike between the two of them in the first five frames of the title battle, but Svensson was able to throw a critical three-bagger in frames six, seven and eight to build a 33-pin lead.

Svensson left the difficult 2-4-7-8 spare in the ninth frame, which could have opened the door for Rash, but he was able to convert the spare. He struck on a light mixer on his first shot in the finale frame to essentially shut Rash out.

Rash struggled early on in the championship match, going high on his first five shots. He left a 3-6-9-10 in the first frame, 4-6 split in the second, 3-10 split in the third, 4-9 split in the fourth and a three pin in the fifth.

Rash did manage to find his way and toss a double in the seventh and eighth frames, but a high shot in the ninth frame that left a three pin kept him from mounting a comeback.

The championship round featured eight players, including the top woman and top Thai bowler.

In the opening match, Wes Malott, Yannaphon Larpapharat and Liz Johnson faced off with the highest scoring advancing. Larpapharat shot 225 to advance, while Johnson had 193 and Malott shot 182.

The next match was a similar three-way battle with the winner advancing as Ryan Ciminelli posted 220 to eliminate Larpapharat (216) and Cheah Ray Han (186).

The final three matches of the championship round were heads up as Ciminelli took down Dom Barrett, 206-184, and then lost by a narrow margin to Rash, 209-208, in the semifinal.

To watch the championship round (with commentary in Thai), click below:

Championship Round Results

Results courtesy ABF-Online.org

Rnk BowlerCountryM1M2M3M4M5Results
1 JESPER SVENSSONSWE



211Champ

 SEAN RASHUSA



1812nd









2 SEAN RASHUSA


209
Advance

 RYAN CIMINELLIUSA


208
3rd









3 DOMINIC BARRETTENG

184

4th

 RYAN CIMINELLIUSA

206

Advance









4 RYAN CIMINELLIUSA
220


Advance
5 CHEAH RAY HANSGP
186


6th

 YANNAPHON LARPAPHARATTHA
216


5th









6 WES MALOTTUSA182



8th
7 YANNAPHON LARPAPHARATTHA225



Advance
8 LIZ JOHNSON (F)USA193



7th


Round 4 Results

Results courtesy ABF-Online.org

Pos BowlerCountryScoreAveCut
1 JESPER SVENSSONSWE1571261.83264
2 SEAN RASHUSA1354225.6747
3 DOMINIC BARRETTENG1348224.6741
4 RYAN CIMINELLIUSA1327221.1720
5 CHEAH RAY HANSGP1319219.8312
6 WES MALOTTUSA1307217.830
 Top 6 plus top Thai and top Female bowler outside Top 6 makes cut for TV Finals
7 KYLE TROUPUSA1300216.67-7
8 MITCH HUPECAN1282213.67-25
9 DARREN TANGUSA1281213.5-26
10 TOMMY JONESUSA1279213.17-28
11 OSKU PALERMAAFIN1276212.67-31
12 ANTHONY SIMONSENUSA1271211.83-36
13 YANNAPHON LARPAPHARATTHA1270211.67-37
14 LIZ JOHNSON (F)USA1257209.5-50
15 CHONG JUN FOOMAS1211201.83-96
16 WU SIU HONGHKG1206201-101
17 MICHAEL TANGUSA1204200.67-103
18 AHMAD MUAZMAS1197199.5-110
19 DANIELLE MCEWAN (F)USA1167194.5-140
20 AJ JOHNSONUSA1107184.5-200

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