England's Dom Barrett wins PBA World Championship


    2012-13 PBA Tour #22

    British star joins Finland's Palermaa as second international player to win World Championship


    England's Dom Barrett (pictured left with the trophy) became the second international player ever to win the PBA World Championship when he held off reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 238-235, in the title match.

    The 55th World Championship was the fifth and final PBA Tour championship event of the PBA World Series of Bowling V. The finals were held on Sunday, November 3 at South Point Exhibition Hall in Las Vegas, Nev.

    "Right now I couldn't be happier," Barrett said after joining Finland's Osku Palermaa, the 2011 World Champion, as the second international player to win the event. "It's a very special feeling, one you don't often get in bowling, so I'm going to make the most of it."

    201213PBA22DominicBarrett3.jpgBarrett, the leading qualifier over 52 games of qualifying and match play, locked up his third PBA Tour title with three strikes in the 10th frame, although he prematurely began to celebrate after his second strike, thinking that shot had clinched the victory.

    "I tried to stay calm all week, not get ahead of myself, trying to keep my heart rate the same and my emotions in check," the 28-year-old British star said of his emotional outburst.

    201213PBA22DominicBarrett2.jpg"I know some Americans come across as a bit brash, but I consciously try not to do that. I try to stay very much in the moment, but I guess that was two weeks' worth of joy and excitement coming out.

    "I couldn't see the scoreboard from where I sat. I thought I had enough, but my corner man said I needed some more, so I got myself composed again. I knew I had count in my favor, so it was a matter of hitting the pocket one more time."

    201213PBA22DominicBarrett5.jpgNeeding eight pins on his final ball to shut out Rash, Barrett threw another strike.

    Barrett, who lost to Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the title match of the Chameleon Championship earlier in the World Series, and failed to advance to the television finals in the 2012 World Championship after leading the tournament going into the final round of match play, said he put those disappointments to good use.

    "I was pretty disappointed in the Chameleon, but I really didn't have a chance because (Ciminelli) bowled so well," Barrett said. "You always learn more from your failures than your successes, but it's still important to have success. If you go around losing all the time, you're not going to want to do this much longer.

    "Last year's World Championship really hurt, too. The pain makes you go home, knuckle down a little more, try a little bit harder, and bowl for days like today."

    201213PBA22SeanRash2.jpgRash (left), who needed the title to bolster his chances for a second straight PBA Player of the Year award, is one of those emotional players Barrett was referring to, so he didn't fault Barrett for his emotional display.

    201213PBA22PeteWeber3.jpg "Dom made some great shots toward the end," Rash said. "He apologized (for his outburst) because he thought he had shut me out and he got a little excited.

    "He bowled good, I bowled good," said Rash, who finished the match with six strikes, but couldn't overcome a missed 6-10 spare conversion in the third frame over an otherwise error-free game.

    "It could have gone either way. I guess the good news is, I finished second instead of third like I have in four out of the last five World Championships, so maybe next year I can win this thing."

    201213PBA22TomSmallwood.jpg201213PBA22MikeFagan.jpgAnother finalist who saw his PBA Player of the Year hopes fade was PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (above right) of St. Ann, Mo. At age 51, Weber fought his way into the final field as the No. 5 qualifier and struck on eight of his first nine shots to eliminate 2009 World Champion Tom Smallwood (left) of Saginaw, Mich., 258-237, in the first match.

    Weber, trying for a record 11th PBA major championship, did exactly the same thing in edging Mike Fagan (right) of Fort Worth, Texas, 258-246, in the second match. Despite starting the semifinal match with six strikes, Weber's hopes ended when Rash struck on 11 of 12 shots on his way to a 279-249 victory.


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    PBA World Championship - Stepladder Finals

    Sunday, Nov. 3, 12:30 p.m. PT; ESPN telecast Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ET

    201213PBA22WorldChampionshipFinalists.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Dom Barrett, England, 238 (1 game), $50,000
    2. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 514 (2 game), $25,000
    3. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 765 (3 games), $15,000
    4. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 246 (1 game), $12,000
    5. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 237 (1 game), $10,000

    L-R Barrett, Rash, Fagan, Smallwood and Weber.

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Weber def. No. 4 Smallwood, 258-237
    Second Match: Weber def. No. 3 Fagan, 258-246
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Rash def. Weber, 279-249
    Championship: No. 1 Barrett def. Rash, 238-235.