In the 3rd and final game, Nur Aiman started off ferociously with five consecutive strikes while Syafiq Ridhwan responded with a turkey. The team was on track for a good standing at the halfway mark, however ran into problems with our open frames when it mattered for a poor ending.
Anchor bowler Tommy Jones locked up the title for the Americans when he struck on the first shot in the final frame to out duel a Finnish team that erased a nearly triple-digit deficit in the final four frames.
Jones led the Team USA effort with a 249 game and was followed by Wes Malott (245), Patrick Allen (202), Chris Barnes (194) and Bill O'Neill (183). Finland was led by Mika Koivuniemi with a 245 game and he was joined by Osku Palermaa (217), Joonas Jahi (214), Pasi Uotila (195) and Petteri Salonen (186).
"This is what we come here for - to win the team gold medal," Jones said. "Anything less than gold leaves a bitter taste. Winning the team title three times in a row is something we are really proud of."
When Jones stepped up in the final frame, he knew he needed to perform after Palermaa struck on his first shot. Jones delivered a perfect strike, which was followed by Palermaa leaving a 4 pin on his next shot. That took the pressure off Jones but he struck anyway to allow the Americans to celebrate another title.
"I didn't bowl well all week but for my team to believe in me enough to let me bowl last was a huge honor, and I'm glad I was able to come through for them," Jones said. "We got ahead early and Finland showed a lot of heart battling back. It was a back-and-forth match and both teams put on a great show."
The United States advanced to the gold-medal match by defeating Colombia, 1,048-970, in the semifinals, while Finland took down host Germany, 996-941.
Team USA struggled at the start against Colombia but pulled away down the stretch as Allen led the team with a 235 game and was followed by Jones (231), O'Neill (212), Malott (197) and Barnes (173). Sixth man Rhino Page did not bowl in the semifinals or final for Team USA but still earned a gold medal because he competed in the second round of qualifying.
In all-events, O'Neill earned the gold medal with ease, finishing with a 24-game total of 5,343, an average of 222.6. Barnes took the silver with 5,258, while Korea's Jang Dong-Chul earned the bronze with 5,091.
"This is pretty cool, but I don't really think of it as me dominating because I was just out there trying to be my best possible for the team every event," O'Neill said. "Even though I have three gold medals, I'm a little disappointed I didn't bowl better in the team final, but my team was there to pick me up."
The top 16 players in the all-events standings advanced to today's Masters match play and Team USA will be represented by four players. In addition to O'Neill and Barnes, Allen made it in fourth place with 5,079, while Malott was seventh with 5,065.
Malaysia's best finish in the All-events was Adrian Ang who finished 30th with a grand total of 4901 and an average of 204.21 over 24 games. Other Malaysian finishes were Aiman (32nd), Zulmazran (47th), Shafiq (53rd), Aaron (57th) and Alex (77th) out of 356 bowlers.
Malaysian team standing in Team Event and score
|17||Alex Liew Kien Liang||Malaysia||1130||188,33||160||178||233||174||184||201||233|
|Muhamad Syafiq Ridhwan||1205||200,83||155||213||210||195||205||227||227|
|Adrian Anbd Hsien Loong||1231||205,17||222||191||182||246||224||166||246|
|Aaron Kong Eng Chuan||505||168,33||176||168||161||176|
|Muhamad Nur Aiman||573||191,00||185||189||199||199|
|O'Neill, Bill||United States||183||1073||214,60|
|O'Neill, Bill||United States||212||1048||209,60|
|Monroy, Jaime Enrique||Colombia||167||970||194,00|
|Romero, Jorge David||195|
|Garcia, Fabio Augusto||212|
|Otalora, Manuel Hernando||225|
|Gomez, Jaime Andres||171|
|1||O'Neill, Bill||United States||1289||214,83||245||186||232||214||204||208||245|
|4||Monroy, Jaime Enrique||Colombia||1267||211,17||226||201||182||200||254||204||254|
|Romero, Jorge David||1168||194,67||187||199||196||211||176||199||211|
|Garcia, Fabio Augusto||1155||192,50||207||222||212||176||156||182||222|
|Otalora, Manuel Hernando||1242||207,00||180||217||213||204||257||171||257|
|Gomez, Jaime Andres||1287||214,50||237||238||180||246||206||180||246|