Moor, who broke a tie with Osku Palermaa for the most titles on the European Bowling Tour two weeks ago in the Chandra Open, defeated Tommy Jones, United States, 265-219, to win his 15th career EBT title and the 7.000 Euro top prize.
Moor averaged 222.47 for 19 games today and led the tournament in Final Round 2 and 3 to earn the No. seed for the stepladder finals.
In the opening match between two PBA champions, Jones, seeded fourth flew past two-time Vienna Open champion (2010, 2012) Chris Barnes, United States, with a turkey from frame 3 and a five-bagger from frame 7, 255-205.
Jones started the semifinal match against No. 2 seed, Joonas Jehkinen of Finland, who won his lone EBT title in the 2013 Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, with another five-bagger and never looked back.
L-R Tommy Jones (2nd), champion Paul Moor, Joonas Jehkinen (3rd) and Chris Barnes (4th).
Jehkinen, who averaged 245 in Round 3 to rocket from 11th to second place, left 7-9 and 3-7-9 splits in frames 4 and 6 which resulted in open frames. Though Jehkinen struck on five of his last six shots, Jones put the match away with a double in the eighth and ninth frame for a 231-203 win.
Jones started the title match with three strikes. Moor countered with a double but left a 4-6-10 split in the third frame which he almost converted to a spare. Jones spared the 6-10 combination in frame four, then gave the advantage back when he failed to convert a 7-pin.
Both players started striking, Moor from the fourth to the eighth frame and Jones from his the sixth to the ninth frame. Finishing First, Moor threw another four strikes to shut out the 15-time PBA champion, who was looking for his first title on the European Bowling Tour.
Jones received 5.000 Euro for second place. Jehkinen took home 3.500 Euro for third place and Barnes, who made his fourth appearance in the stepladder in his fifth Vienna Open, earned 2.500 Euro for fourth place.
The tournament drew 280 player from 28 countries. Barnes and Jones (left) won the Doubles competition and split the 1.600 Euro top prize. Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia was the best of 41 woman in the field in 10th place to win the women’s ranking in Vienna.
The 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open was the 16th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the last of six “gold” tournaments this season, the second-highest of four EBT categories. Players competed for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro or approx. $ 100,000 – 62.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.
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For the 12th consecutive Bowlingdigital covered the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna commencing Thursday, Oct. 2 all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Qualifying ran from Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.
Total 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, Oct. 5. The top 8 qualifying leaders received a first-round bye. The other 56 players bowled six games starting from scratch. The top 22 joined the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two.
Those 30 players bowled another six games starting from scratch after which the field was trimmed to the top 18, who carried the pinfall forward into Round Three. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total advanced to the stepladder finals.
The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost one million Euro.
The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.<
The 17t EBT event, the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick, a European Bowling Tour “Satellite” tournament, started on Friday, Oct. 3rd and runs through Saturday, Oct. 11th at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway. Bowlingdigital will report live from Oslo commencing Thursday.
Paul Moor is one win away from his 15th European Bowling Tour title
Paul Moor targets to win his 15th EBT title in the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Laura Beuthner, Chris Klerk shoot 1400 to lead Final Round 1 at 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Carsten Warming Hansen, Tore Torgersen crack top 8 in last qualifying squad
No changes in the top 33 as qualifying of 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open nears conclusion
Joonas Jehkinen shoots his second 1380-plus series to lead Squad 18 in Vienna
Martin Larsen becomes fourth player in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to surpass 1400-mark
No changes atop the leaderboard in Vienna Open in the late night squad on Friday
Tommy Jones, Joonas Jehkinen move into 3rd and 4th place in Squad 15 at Vienna Open
Dominic Barrett wins Squad 14 to move into top 8 in Vienna Open Qualifying
Diana Zavjalova shoots into second place in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Ida Andersson, Paul Moor move into top 8 in Squad 12 at 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Denmark’s Mik Stampe rolls 1230 series in Squad 11 to leap into third place in Vienna
Dutch Jeroen van Geel finishes 2nd, 1st in Squads 7 & 8 to move into second place in qualifying
Americans Nidiffer, Novak take qualifying lead in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Daniel Vezis takes early lead in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
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Mika Koivuniemi shoots big to win the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
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Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2014)
1. Paul Moor, England, 265 (1 game), 7.000 Euro
2. Tommy Jones, United States, 705 (3 games) 5.000 Euro
3. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 203 (1 game), 3.500 Euro
4. Chris Barnes, United States, 205 (1 game), 2.500 Euro
First Match: No. 4 Jones def. No. 3 Barnes, 255-205
Second Match: Jones def. No. 2 Jehkinen, 231-203
Championship: No. 1 Moor def. Jones, 265-219.
Click on the matches to view frame-by-frame results.