21-year-old two-hander claims fifth PBA Tour title, third of 2016 season.
Jesper Svensson of Sweden, a 21-year-old left-handed two-handed player, became the first three-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist of 2016 Friday when he defeated Australia’s Sam Cooley, 237-213, to win the WBT Thailand title at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon.
Svensson, who became the youngest player to win the PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions earlier in the year, also won the WBT Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, in March. The Thailand victory was his fifth PBA Tour title and his third World Bowling Tour title in two years. Svensson also won the 2015 WBT Kingdom of Bahrain Open and the PBA Chameleon Open on his way to being selected as PBA’s 2015 Rookie of the Year.
Svensson, who clinched the top qualifying berth for the eight-player modified stepladder finals with a 300 game in his final qualifying game, locked up the victory with three strikes in the 10th frame to counter Cooley’s ninth-10th frame double. Along with his title, Svensson earned one 1 million Thai baht, or roughly $32,260 U.S. dollars.
PBA Tour players will return to the U.S. next week to resume the chase for the $10,000 winner-take-all prize in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour Series. The PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, offering a projected $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title to the winner if he/she is a PBA member. The tournament will be covered live from start to finish by PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service. To enroll as an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit pba.com.