Tournament: Round1 Japan Cup
Where: Round1 Stadium Diver City Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo
Finals Format: Bracket elimination (semifinal and final matches)
Television: ESPN (Sunday at 3 p.m. ET)
The Japan Cup returns to the PBA Tour schedule after a two-season absence when the finals of the 26th event airs on ESPN Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. ET from Round1 Stadium Diver City Tokyo Plaza.
Leading the contingent of 20 invited PBA Tour players, who battled against 123 Japan and Korean PBA members in qualifying and match play rounds at the Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center in December, was 13-time Tour winner and Japan Cup defending champion Tommy Jones trying for his fourth Japan Cup title.
Joining Jones in Japan were PBA stars Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Jason Belmonte, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Norm Duke, Mike Fagan, Mika Koivuniemi, Wes Malott, Amleto Monacelli, Rhino Page, Osku Palermaa, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Shafer, Pete Weber, Stuart Williams, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and 2013 PBA World Championship winner Parker Bohn III.
Bohn will be looking to add another Japan Cup title to his record four wins in the Japan Cup which included three consecutive championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Weber, Monacelli, Barnes and Williams, competing in his 26th consecutive Japan Cup, are also past winners of the tournament.
The Japanese and Korean players will be trying to break the winning streak by U.S. Tour players in the tournament of 21 consecutive titles dating back to the 1989 event won by Randy Pedersen. Ken Taniguchi and Takeo Sakai are the only Japanese winners taking titles in 1985 and 1988, respectively.
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