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Bowling News USA - August 25, 2014 Fourth PBA title for Finn, Storm's two-hander Palermaa wins final WBT event in Thailand; Storm's Kulick takes women's trophy | 25th August, Bangkok

Third-seed, Osku Palermaa of Finland defeated top seed, Ryan Ciminelli of USA twice in the final match of the 2014 PBA-WBT #12 World Bowling Tour Thailand to win his *fourth PBA title.

Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., had started the first match with three strikes-in-a-row for a 10 pin lead over challenger Palermaa but a split in the fourth frame allowed the two-handed Finn to draw level.

Both rolled a double in the seventh and eight frames but Palermaa had an upper hand with a third in the ninth frame to take the match, 227-213 and forced a second deciding match.

Again Ciminelli got off to a better start with a double and two marked frames as his opponent followed by marking the first four frames. Palermaa then set the lanes on fire as he reeled in six strikes-in-a-row while the American was unable to respond.

Palermaa went on to seal the match and win the title, 243-224 to pocket the top prize of 1 million Thai Baht (approx. US$32,350). Ciminelli settled for 500,000 Baht (approx. US$12,120).

2014 Champion
Osku Palermaa with the cheque of
1 million Thai Baht

"I hadn't used the urethane ball in the past few days but I started to use it today in the earlier Round 4 finals," said the 30-year-old champion, who owned two PBA titles which he won in 2010 and 2012...[read more]

In the women's division, Kelly Kulick of USA sealed top post by extending her total to 718 points. Liz Johnson of USA took second spot with 459 as Sandra Andersson improved to 410 to finish third. The top 3 in the rankings qualified for the World Bowling Tour Grand Finals.

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Palermaa Photo | Terence Yaw | Bangkok • Kulick Photo | PBA Tour

*Correction to story:  Osku Palermaa's victory at WBT Thailand is his fourth PBA Title not his third as originally reported on

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