2007 St Petersburg, Russia

3rd - 11th November 2007


Jason Belmonte by a country mile

The top eight men in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup have now been decided and as expected, Jason Belmonte of Australia qualified by a long way, averaging 238.8. His lead over Bill Hoffman of the USA is 252 and he is 714 pins higher than the 8th qualified player.


The top eight who will play again tomorrow are:

Player Country Points
Jason Belmonte Australia 7644
Bill Hoffman USA 7392
Andres Gomez Colombia 7111
Petteri Salonen Finland 7094
Marcel Suartz Brazil 7059
Michael Schmidt Canada 7053
Paul Moor England 6963
Thomas Gross Austria 6930

The next round will be a round robin, with a position round at the end, with 30 bonus points for winning. The top two may have clear blue water between them and the rest of the field, but the third spot is clearly up for grabs. Only by finishing in the top three will any player have a chance of winning the trophy, since the final consists of a step ladder for the top three.

After finishing play for the day, Jason commented: 'I'll just be going out to bowl my best tomorrow and if that means that I win the game then fine. I'd rather lose with a 220 than try to beat the other guy and land up with a 180.'

Thomas Gross of Austria said: 'I am really pleased to have made the top eight. I'm looking to make up the pins to qualify for the grand finals but I can also get the best ever result for an Austrian and beat the record of Ernst Berndt who came 6th in 1977.'

The round of eight will start at 9 am tomorrow (Friday 9th November) with the grand finals taking place on Saturday 10th on live TV.