This Sunday on ESPN: PBA Chameleon Open at 3 p.m. ET. from the South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas. The PBA Chameleon Open is the second of four PBA “animal pattern” championships conducted during the World Series of Bowling.
Four finalists will bowl a one-game match. The player with
the lowest score will be eliminated. The three survivors will bowl another game, with the low man ousted. The two finalists will then bowl a final game for the title.
Sean Rash, who qualified for the ESPN finals in a record six PBA World Series of
Bowling events, will meet two-handed rivals Jason Belmonte of Australia and Osku
Palermaa of Finland in the Chameleon Open finals Sunday on ESPN. Rounding out
the field of four will be Venezuelan Ildemaro Ruiz, making his third career PBA
Rash, a four-time PBA Tour champion who is trying for his first title since the
2007 USBC Masters, will try to derail the two international two-handed stars who
finished one-two in Chameleon Open qualifying. Belmonte averaged 236.29 to pace
the Chameleon field with Palermaa averaging at a 235.14 pace. Rash was another
25 pins behind Palermaa while Ruiz qualified fourth for the four-man eliminator
Belmonte, the 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year, is trying for his second career
title. He won his only Tour title in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island
Open. In the meantime, Palermaa has won twice including the 2012 PBA World
Championship. Ruiz is trying for his first PBA title.
In their only two previous meetings in PBA Tour televised competition, Palermaa
is 2-0 vs. Belmonte. Palermaa defeated Belmonte, 182-176, in the 2010 GEICO
Shark Championship semifinal match and he nipped the Aussie, 10-6, in a one-ball
rolloff after they tied at 203-203 in round one of the PBA World Championship
elimination finals, knocking Belmonte out of title contention in that event.
Last Season: Rookie Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, CA, started the title match
at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas with eight strikes before
converting a 4-7 spare in the eighth frame to defeat Sean Rash of Wichita, KS,
256-181. Rash had won three consecutive matches to reach the championship
PBA:39X60 Pre-game Show: (Free on PBA.com, PBA YouTube Channel) Tune into
PBA.com’s Xtra Frame for interviews with the finalists as they give their
insight into strategy and equipment selection. All World Series of Bowling
preview shows on Xtra Frame are available the Wednesday before each Sunday ESPN
telecast for free.
PBA:39X60 Post-game Show: (Free on PBA.com, PBA YouTube Channel) Sunday 4:30
p.m. ET – Xtra Frame interviews the winning player and provides in-depth ball
rep analysis of the winner’s equipment selection and ball preparation.