2020 PBA Tour Finals

PBA Title On The Line This Weekend

PBA Title On The Line This Weekend

A PBA Tour title will be on the line this weekend for the first time since March when eight players compete in the 2020 PBA Tour Finals.

Jul 15, 2020 by Lucas Wiseman
PBA Title On The Line This Weekend

A PBA Tour title will be on the line this weekend for the first time since March when eight players compete in the 2020 PBA Tour Finals.

Defending champion EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Bill O’Neill, Sean Rash, Jakob Butturff, Kris Prather, Kyle Troup and Norm Duke will make up the field for the event, which will take place Saturday and Sunday live on CBS Sports Network (United States) and FloBowling (international).

It’s the first time a national title will be up for grabs since the PBA shut down during the middle of the 2020 PBA World Series of Bowling in mid-March. Despite ending the WSOB early, they were able to finish out the PBA World Championship, won by Jason Belmonte.

Belmonte qualified to participate in the PBA Tour Finals but is unable to attend due to travel concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the Australian two-hander unable to compete, Duke was the next player in line to fill out the event. Players qualified for the PBA Tour Finals based on a combined points list from the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The PBA Tour Finals will take place at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida, the same location as last month’s PBA Strike Derby and PBA Summer Clash. The event will feature nine hours of live coverage.

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Details on the format of the event were released last month by the PBA:

The PBA Tour Finals will incorporate the same format as the past two years, with the eight-player field divided into two four-player groups. The field will bowl four games of qualifying in their respective groups.

The four-game pinfall totals for each player will be used to determine the seeding for a separate stepladder finals in each group. The final match of each group’s stepladder will be a Race to Two Points match with each game worth one point and, if the two games are split, the final point is awarded via a 9th and 10th frame roll off.

The two group winners will then meet in another Race to Two Points championship match that will also use a 9th and 10th frame roll-off should there be a tie after two games.

The four total pinfall seeding rounds will air Saturday, July 18, at noon and 2 p.m. ET and will determine the order for the Group 1 stepladder matches at noon ET on Sunday, July 19, and the Group 2 stepladder at 2 p.m. ET. The winners of each group stepladder will the face off in the championship match Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. ET.