LAS VEGAS — Parker Bohn III defeated four opponents, including top qualifier Jason Belmonte 254-227, to win the PBA World Championship at South Point Hotel and Casino Sunday.
The concluding event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV was the first major championship of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season.
Bohn, who had not won a title in more than four years, captured his 33rd PBA Tour title, and second major, with a performance that began when he claimed the 24th and final position in match play by only three pins, followed by qualifying for the stepladder finals by only nine pins.
In the championship round, he defeated Dan MacLelland 226-218; Rhino Page 200-170 and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash 278-231, to advance to the title match where he defeated Belmonte.
In winning the World Championship, Bohn became only the third player ever to win a major championship after qualifying 24th for match play and the 15th overall to accomplish that feat. At age 49 years, 122 days, he became the second-oldest player ever to win the PBA World Championship.
Bohn began his title quest with seven strikes in his first nine frames en route to his victory over MacLelland.
In the second match, he got help in overcoming a 10-pin deficit when Page missed a 7-pin spare attempt in the eighth frame and opened again in the ninth.
Bohn started the semifinal against Rash with seven strikes and never trailed. In the title match, he struck on eight of his first 10 shots against Belmonte, but didn’t break away until Belmonte left 10 pins in the seventh and ninth frames.
PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Final Standings: 1, Parker Bohn, Jackson, N.J., $50,000. 2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000. 3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000. 4, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., $12,000. 5, Dan MacLelland, Canada, $10,000.
Stepladder Results: Match One – Bohn def. MacLelland, 226-218. Match Two – Bohn def. Page, 200-170. Semifinal Match – Bohn def. Rash, 278-231. Championship – Bohn def. Belmonte, 254-227.