Williams has big day

Malott keeps Marathon Open lead

April 02, 2010|By Sports Digest

Defending champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, retained a 91-pin lead over fellow Texan Chris Barnes on Thursday in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open at AMF Country Club Lanes, but the biggest move was by 50-year-old Walter Ray Williams Jr. in his bid to lock up a record seventh career PBA Player of the Year title. Malott, who is about to surrender his 2008-09 Player of the Year crown, averaged 234.59 through the first four rounds of the Marathon Open to finish with a 32-game total of 7,507 pins. Barnes, who was Player of the Year before Malott, had a 7,416 total after Thursday's seven-game rounds on the PBA's Viper and Chameleon lane conditions. Both players are trying for their first title of the 2009-10 season. Williams made the boldest move, advancing from 14th place at the start of the day to move into third place with a 7,366 total. The PBA Tour's all-time leading title winner is seeking his 48th title.

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