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Kyle Troup rallied in both of his matches Sunday as he became the first player to win three titles this season at the 2020 PBA Tour Finals.
Troup, who won the PBA Jonesboro Open and the PBA Doubles Championship with Jesper Svensson earlier this year, delivered a clutch final shot to defeat Anthony Simonsen, 2-1, in the title match at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida.
The six-time PBA Tour champion lost the first game of the race to two points final to Simonsen 233-204 but made a big comeback to win Game 2, 237-210.
That forced a ninth and 10th frame rolloff to decide the title. After Simonsen posted a total of 39, leaving a four pin in the ninth and a 10 pin in the 10th, Troup had a chance to lock things up.
Working on a strike from the ninth frame, Troup left a four pin on his first shot. He converted the spare and then buried the pocket on the final shot for a 40-39 win.
“I thought that first shot in the 10th was really good,” Troup said at the end of the broadcast. “I might have missed it just a tad at the bottom. I told myself, don’t move. I think I’m far enough left, I’m in the right spot if I just throw it a little better, a little harder. At about 40 feet, I felt like it was going to be 10 back.”
Troup also had to come back from a one-game deficit in his group stepladder match as well and said managing the transition was key.
“There was a lot of transition going on that I dealt with pretty much the whole event,” Troup said. “The one thing I had to do, though, was commit and believe in myself. Never give up – I have it tattooed on my body. That’s the mindset I had to have. I wasn’t super confident with my ball reaction. It did come to me as I made a ball change, and I felt real confident after that.”
Troup survived a tough battle with Kris Prather in the Group 2 stepladder to reach the championship match, coming away with a 2-1 victory.
After losing the first game of the race to two points match 227-213, Troup made a critical ball change in the fifth frame of the second game to rally.
Trailing by 20 pins, Troup switched from urethane to reactive and it paid off. He rallied to win the second game 257-232 and force a ninth and 10th frame rolloff.
In the rolloff, Troup put up a perfect score of 60 and Prather was unable to match, leaving a 10 pin on his second shot in the 10th to lose.
Prather reached the match against Troup by knocking off Bill O’Neill 221-211. In the opening match of the Group 2 stepladder, O’Neill easily defeated defending champion EJ Tackett 255-213.
In the Group 1 stepladder to start the day, Simonsen easily defeated the lone lefthander in the field, Jakob Butturff, 2-0, to advance to the championship match. Simonsen blew past Butturff 245-200 and 237-184.
Butturff, who shot the 28th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history in the qualifying round Saturday, knocked off Sean Rash, 232-226, in the second match of the stepladder.
In the opening match, Rash beat Norm Duke, 246-236, in a bizarre finish. Needing a double and nine to win, Duke struck on his first shot but his tape flew out of the ball. He switched to another interchangeable thumb but on his next shot dropped the ball and left the 6-10 to lose.
The PBA Tour returns to FS1 (United States) and FloBowling (international) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night with live coverage of the PBA King of the Lanes.