Qualifying for the five-player stepladder round later this week were three international bowlers: Dan MacLelland of Canada in the No. 1 position, Osku Palermaa of Finland in the No. 2 spot, and Jason Belmonte of Australia in the No. 4 position.
Rounding out the telecast lineup are Tom Smallwood, winner of last season’s PBA World Championship, and Mike Fagan, holder of two PBA titles and winner of the inaugural Teen Masters in 1997.
MacLelland — a three-time first team All-American at Saginaw Valley State — pretty much lapped the field, and took a 144-pin lead over second place — and a 200-pin lead over fifth — into the position round.
Fagan was in third place entering the final game, but struggled early and ended up needing a double in the 10th frame to hang on to a finals berth. With the rest of the bowlers finished and the center so quiet you could hear a you-know-what drop, he made two clutch shots for two packed strikes.
The World Series resumes on Friday when three tournament championship rounds will be televised: the Cheetah beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific, the Pepsi Viper at 1 p.m., and the Chameleon at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday will see the taping of the Scorpion finals at 11 a.m., the Shark at 5:30 p.m., and the USA vs. The World at 5:30 p.m.
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