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Big changes happened with the Radical brand this week as it relates to its representation on the PBA Tour.
Tom Smallwood, the face of Radical for the past five years, has split with Brunswick, which owns Radical, and become a free agent. Meanwhile, Brunswick shifted two-time PBA champion Andrew Anderson from Ebonite to Radical.
A three-time PBA champion, Smallwood has two majors to his credit including his most recent win, the 2018 PBA Players Championship. He made a show earlier this year, finishing fifth at the PBA Indianapolis Open.
“I felt it was time for a change,” Smallwood said in a release. “I had a great run with Radical for five years, and Brunswick for the last 10. I greatly appreciate the opportunity that they gave me, and I wish nothing but the best for them in the future.”
Leaving Brunswick makes Smallwood a free agent at a time of uncertainly in the bowling industry during the coronavirus pandemic. Time will tell if either Storm or Motiv decide to sign the two-time Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner.
“I got some feelers out there,” Smallwood said. “I guess we will see what happens.”
Anderson, meanwhile, was shifted over to the Radical brand earlier this week, though it’s more about a jersey change than anything. Anderson will still be able to throw all seven Brunswick brands but will serve as the new face for the Radical brand moving forward.
In other news this week, two-time PBA champion Thomas Larsen of Denmark made the switch from Brunswick’s Track brand over to Storm.
“I am super excited to join Team Storm,” Larsen said in a release. “Weber, Duke, Belmo, Tim Mack and many others have made Hall of Fame careers with Storm, so I am extremely happy to be welcomed to the team. This feels like the start of the second part of my career and I think it is going to be great!”
Larsen’s wins have come in international events as he won the 2013 Abu Dhabi Open and the 2014 Kuwait International Open, both of which counted as PBA Tour titles.