Belmonte chases second major

EARLY this morning Jason Belmonte started his campaign for a second major Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title.

Belmonte claimed his first major win in February when he won the United State Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters.

Today he starts the qualifying rounds in the PBA Tournament of Champions (TOC) at the Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

Yesterday the Orange bowler took to Twitter to talk about warming up for the big event.

“TOC practice today. Excited to be bowling in the @pbatour again,” Belmonte tweeted.

Belmonte is currently leading the PBA tour points this season with 133,476.

Wes Malott is next best on 112, 779 followed by Sean Rash with 111,549.

Belmonte also has the third highest earnings this season with $US106,486.34 from 14 events.

The two-handed bowler is second on the PBA averages this season with 231.59 from 14 competitions.

The only person with a better average is Malott with 233.84 from 12 tournaments.

There will be a hot field contesting the PBA TOC and Belmonte will have to be at his best if he wants to claim a second major title.

Qualifying started early this morning (AEDT) and they were to bowl 16 games.

The field will bowl a further eight qualifying games early Friday morning before the top 24 move on to the first matchplay round of eight games on Friday.

There will be two further matchplay rounds of eight games on Saturday before the top five advance to the stepladder final on Monday morning (AEDT).

The TOC is the third major event in the 2012-13 PBA season.

Parker Bohn III took out the PBA World Championship before Belmonte came out on top in the USBC Masters.

The fourth major of the season, the US Open, will be held in July.

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