BY PBA COMMUNICATIONS
Jupiter, Fla. – Kyle Troup prevailed in back-to-back matches on Sunday to win his first PBA Tour Finals and sixth Go Bowling! PBA Tour title of his career, defeating Anthony Simonsen, 2-1, in a “race-to-2-points” format title match.
The 23-year-old Simonsen, who was trying for his first win of the season, got off to an early lead with a 223-204 win in the first game, but Troup rebounded in game two, winning 237-210 to force a 9th and 10th frame roll-off for the deciding point.
In the roll-off, Simonsen totaled 39 pins, leaving a 4-pin in the 9th and a 10-pin in the 10th, giving Troup the opportunity to clinch the win.
Troup delivered with a strike in the 9th frame, followed by a spare as he converted the 4-pin and a final strike that buried the pocket for a 40-39 win.
“It was a quick turnaround from the time I bowled Kris Prather to Simonsen so I was trying to stay calm and present,“ said Troup. “You don’t expect a guy like Simonsen to miss and I knew I had to throw four really good shots to put up a score of 60 in the roll-off.”
Troup, who won the PBA Jonesboro Open and the PBA Doubles Championship with Jesper Svensson earlier this year, is the first player to win three titles this season and is well in contention for 2020 PBA Player of the Year honors.
“I’m still trying to make a run at Player of the Year,” said Troup. “My mindset is that I have to win everything that I bowl, but I know now I have a pretty good chance if I stay focused.”
The PBA Tour Finals, which featured nine hours of live coverage on CBS Sports Network over a two-day span, was filled with non-stop action and incredible moments. During the qualifying round of competition, seven-time tour winner Jakob Butturff bowled a perfect 300-game, the 28th televised 300 game in PBA history.
“First word – amazing,” said Butturff about his perfect game. “I never thought I would do it so early in my career, let alone ever. It was definitely nerve-racking but incredible to be added to the PBA history books.”
The PBA Tour Finals featured the top eight PBA Tour players in points over a two-year span ending with the 2020 PBA World Championship. Points leader Jason Belmonte was unable to participate due to COVID-19 travel restrictions from Australia. Norm Duke, as the 9th-place finisher in points, moved up to take his place in the field as the 8th seed. The eight finalists were split into two groups of four players each with competition consisting of position rounds decided by total pinfall on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s semifinal round for each group. The winner of each semifinal stepladder advanced to the title match. The final match of each stepladder also used the race-to-2-points format.
In the Group 1 semifinal stepladder round, Simonsen advanced to the championship match by defeating Jakob Butturff, 2-0 in the race-to-2-points final match, winning the first game 245-200 and the second game 237-184.
Troup advanced to the title match by beating three-time tour winner, Kris Prather in the Group 2 semifinal stepladder final 2-1. Prather won the first game 227-213, but Troup rallied in game 2 winning 257-232 to force a 9th and 10th frame roll-off which was won by Troup, 60-49.
In the Group 1 opening stepladder match, 15-time title winner Sean Rash defeated PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke 246-236, to meet Butturff in the second match. Butturff then beat Rash 232-226 in the second match to face Simonsen in the Group 1 final.
In the Group 2 opening stepladder match, 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill beat 13-time title winner EJ Tackett 255-213 to advance to the second match against Kris Prather. Prather beat O’Neill in the second match, 221-211, to advance to the Group 2 final against Butturff.
PBA Tour Finals Results
Group 1 Stepladder Results
- Match One – Sean Rash def. Norm Duke ($3,000) 246-236
- Match Two – Jackob Butturff def. Sean Rash ($3,000) 232-226
- Final Match (race-to-2-points format) – Simonsen def. Jakob Butturff ($7,500), 2-1
- Game 1 – Simonsen def. Butturff 245-200
- Game 2 – Simonsen def. Butturff 237-184
Simonsen advanced to championship match against Kyle Troup.
Group 2 Stepladder Results
- Match One – Bill O’Neill def. EJ Tackett ($3,000) 255-213
- Match Two – Kris Prather def. Bill O’Neill ($3,000) 221-211
- Final Match (race-to-2-points format) – Troup def. Kris Prather ($7,500), 2-1
- Game 1 – Prather def. Troup 221-213
- Game 2 – Troup def. Prather 257-232
Troup won 9th and 10th frame roll-off 60 to 49 to advance to championship match against Anthony Simonsen.
Championship Match (race-to-2 points format)
Kyle Troup ($30,000) def. Anthony Simonsen ($18,000), 2-1
- Game 1 – Simonsen def. Troup 223-204
- Game 2 – Troup def. Simonsen 237-210
Troup won 9th and 10th frame roll-off 40-39.
History of PBA Tour Finals Winners
2017 - EJ Tackett
2018 - Jason Belmonte
2019 - EJ Tackett
2020 - Kyle Troup