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Tom Smallwood shakes off Players Championship disappointment, soars to 211-pin lead after first day of 2021 KIA PBA Tournament of Champions

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:00 pm
Tom Smallwood leads after the first day of qualifying at the 2021 PBA Tournament of Champions. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
It would be hard to imagine much more disappointment than what Tom Smallwood had to feel after losing to Dick Allen to finish fourth in Sunday’s stepladder finals of the PBA Players Championship. The loss featured a delay due to a spilled water bottle by Allen, and a near gutter by Smallwood and then a split to open his final two frames, as I detailed in this story. It would be hard to blame Smallwood if there was some mental carryover and struggles to start the 2021 PBA Tournament of...