Williams comes from behind to win men's title at Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters

    05/08/07

    2007 WRM

    Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. (May 3-7, 2007)

    2007WRMPeterLjung.jpg 2007WRMStuartWilliams.jpg Stuart Williams (right) from England ended the 2007 Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters at the Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. with a huge game en route to claiming the title and the $10,000 top prize.

    Williams, 25, who decided to start on long oil, lost game #1 against Peter Ljung from Sweden (right), 236-233, but leveled the match on short oil, 235-224. Ljung doubled in the last frame of the decider to force Williams to strike on his first ball in the 10th frame. Williams went off the sheet to win the game and the match, 269-240.

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    2007 Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters


    Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. (May 3-7, 2007)

    #3 Stuart Williams, England vs. #7 Peter Ljung, Sweden, 2-1



    Game 1 (long oil): Ljung def. Williams, 236-233

    #7 Peter Ljung, Sweden 81 X 9/ X X X 8/ X X XX)
    #3 Stuart Williams, England X X 9/ 8/ 9- 7/ X X X XX8

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    Game 2 (short oil): Wiiliams def. Ljung 235-224

    #3 Stuart Williams, England 9/ X X 9/ X X X 9/ X X
    #7 Peter Ljung, Sweden 9/ 9/ X 72 9/ 9/ X X

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    Game 3 (long oil): Wiiliams def. Ljung 269-240

    #7 Peter Ljung, Sweden 8/ 63 X X X 6/ X X X XX9
    #3 Stuart Williams, England 8/ X X X X X 9/ X X XXX

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    Ljung bowls Williams for the men's title at Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters


    2007WRMStuartWilliams_small.jpg 2007WRMPeterLjung_small.jpg Peter Ljung (left) from Sweden, who has eliminated High Roller champ Jason Belmonte in the quarterfinals posted two more big scores en route to advance to the men's finals in the Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters at the Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

    In an all-lefty affair, Ljung topped 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor, England, two-games-to-none.

    In the other semi-final Moor's compatriot, Stuart Williams (right) was down 1-0 against Austrian Thomas Gross, who ousted No. 1 seed Osku Palermaa earlier this afternoon, but rebounded with back-to-back victories to set up a title match with the Swede.

    The men's and women's WRM championship matches will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on SunSports, a Florida-based cable sports channel.

    The Men's TV Final in best-of-three games format starts at 2 p.m. EST.



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    Men's Division - Semi-finals


    Single-elimination, best-of-three games





    Two-handers eliminated in Quarterfinals at Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters


    2007WRMThomasGross_small.jpg 2007WRMPeterLjung_small.jpg All four quarterfinal matches in the men's division at the Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters went in a quick 2-0. Both two-handers, the No. 1 seeded Osku Palermaa from Finland and No. 2 seed Jason Belmonte, Australia, were eliminated.

    Palermaa fell to No. 8 seed, multiple Austrian champion Thomas Gross (left), while Belmo ran into Peter Ljung (right, 258 and 279), Sweden.

    2007WRMPaulMoor_small.jpg 2007WRMStuartWilliams_small.jpg Gross meets Stuart Williams (left), England, who sidelined the last non-European competitor, David O'Sullivan, United States, and Ljung takes on Paul Moor (right), also England, who beat Ljung's compatriot Martin Larsen.

    The winners will advance to the TV finals. The men's and women's championship matches Monday will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on SunSports, a Florida-based cable sports channel.


    Men's Division - Quarterfinals


    Single-elimination, best-of-three games