by Jason Thomas March 2, 2012 03:28

Event: World Series of Bowling

Tournament: The PBA GEICO Shark Open is the last of four PBA “animal pattern” championships conducted during the World Series of Bowling.

Where: South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas

Eliminator Format: 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.

Television: ESPN (Sunday at 3 p.m. ET)

Chris Barnes and Sean Rash hope to end the international domination of the World Series in Sunday’s eliminator finals.

Barnes, a 13-time PBA Tour titlist, averaged 235 over 14 games to earn the top qualifying position in the Shark finals. He’ll be joined by Australia’s Jason Belmonte, winner of the Chameleon Open earlier in the World Series; Rash, who qualified for a record six World Series finals, and reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi, a native of Finland who now lives in Hartland, Mich.

While Barnes and Rash will bowl for American pride, Belmonte and Koivuniemi will try to extend the string of World Series titles won by an international player to five (not including the World Bowling Tour men’s title – a non-PBA event – won by Koivuniemi to kick off the World Series).

Last Season: Finland’s Osku Palermaa survived a 173-149 battle with top qualifier Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario, at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas to win his first PBA Tour title.

PBA:39X60 Pre-game Show: (Free on, PBA YouTube Channel) Tune into’s Xtra Frame for interviews with the finalists as they give their insight into strategy and equipment selection. All World Series of Bowlling preview shows on Xtra Frame are available the Wednesday before each Sunday ESPN telecast for free.

PBA:39X60 Post-game Show: (Free on, 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.

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