Partille Bowling Center (Partille, Sweden)
Age 30 - 11/18/1983
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Personal: Gothenburg, Sweden resident was born in Espoo, Finland...Began bowling with two hands as a toddler…Won his exemption into the PBA World Series of Bowling as European Bowling Tour points leader…Speaks fluent English...One of three "two-handers" competing on Tour this season...Has won numerous medals in international competition...Won 2009 WTBA World Ranking Masters…Won 2008 QubicaAMF World Cup…Owns 10 European Bowling Tour titles…Two-time EBT Bowler of the Year...Won gold medal in 2013 World Games singles competition...Inducted into World Bowling Writers International Bowling Hall of Fame in 2013.
2014: Won World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament for fourth career PBA Tour title by defeating Ryan Ciminelli 243-334 in championship match...Finished sixth in Kuwait International Open.
Career: In 2012-13, Finished second in World Series of Bowling Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship, losing to Tom Daugherty in the championship match 200-182...Finished fifth in Tournament of Champions...In 2011-12 Palermaa became the first international player, and the first two-handed bowler, to win the PBA World Championship when he defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 203-177, in the season’s first major championship. Also made PBA history by winning Kuwait Open to become first player to win a PBA title under new PBA/WTBA alliance. He defeated Tom Smallwood in two-game final stepladder match 267-232 and 268-226...Previous best Tour finish prior to win in 2010-11 was third in 2010 Etonic Don Johnson Elminator...Finished fifth in 2004 U.S. Open...In 2010-11 he won the GEICO Shark Championship for first Tour title and became second player with two-handed delivery to win a title (Jason Belmonte was first). Also finished fourth in PBA World Championship and seventh in Tournament of Champions...Owns one PBA regional title.
PBA standard titles (3): 2010-11 - GEICO Shark Championship, Las Vegas; 2011-12 - Kuwait Open; 2014 - Thailand
PBA major titles (1): 2011-12 - PBA World Championship.
Awards: Named 2006 World Bowling Writers Bowler of the Year...Named Finnish Bowler of the Year in 2008 and 2009.