Round1 Japan Cup

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ROUND1 Japan Cup is an annual PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) and JPBA (Japan Professional Bowling Association) bowling event sponsored by ROUND1. In its earlier years, the tournament typically featured the top 16 bowlers from each organization, but has recently enjoyed an expanded field. It has been dominated by PBA Tour professionals since 1989. Until Yuya Katoh's win in 2013, the last JPBA bowler to win the event was Takeo Sakai in 1988.

The tournament celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. The 2010 Dydo Japan Cup featured a starting field of 144 bowlers, which included JPBA members from Japan and South Korea, PBA members, and Japanese amateurs.[1]

The event was not held in 2011, due in large part to the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan.

The 2013 edition of the Japan Cup was held from November 28 through December 1, 2013.[2] The top 16 PBA Tour players (based on 2012-13 competition points), plus a handful of at-large PBA Tour invitees, joined a large field of players from Japan and South Korea.[3]

2013 ResultsEdit

TV FinalsEdit

Round of 8Edit

  • Match 1: Shinichi Horie (Japan) def. Sean Rash (USA) 225-224
  • Match 2: Yuya Katoh (Japan) def. Osku Palermaa (Finland) 258-226
  • Match 3: E. J. Tackett (USA) def. Tommy Jones (USA) 226-224
  • Match 4: Kazuaki Watanabe (Japan) def. Chris Barnes (USA) 278-239


  • Match 1: Katoh def. Horie 236-195
  • Match 2: Watanabe def. Tackett 249-190


Katoh def. Watanabe 243-235

Final standingsEdit

  • 1st Place - Yuya Katoh, Japan (US $57,250)
  • 2nd Place - Kazuaki Watanabe, Japan (US $30,525)
  • 3rd Place - Shinichi Horie, Japan (US $14,300)
  • 3rd Place - E. J. Tackett, USA (US $14,300)
  • 5th Place - Sean Rash, USA (US $7,250)
  • 5th Place - Osku Palermaa, Finland (US $7,250)
  • 5th Place - Tommy Jones, USA (US $7,250)
  • 5th Place - Chris Barnes, USA (US $7,250)



  1. ^ Thomas, Jason. "Six PBA Players, Two Koreans Advance to Sunday's DyDo Japan Cup Championship Round." Article at on April 24. 2010. [1]
  2. ^ ROUND1 Japan Cup Official Site
  3. ^ Yuya Katoh Upsets Field to Win Round1 Japan Cup, End 25-Year Home-Country Title Drought Vint, Bill at on 12 January 2014.