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Michael Haugen Jr

Personal: Michael Haugen Jr. (pronounced HOW-ghen)… Resides in Cave Creek, Ariz.… Likes to play golf, spend time with friends and family and watch movies… Enjoys going to dance clubs.

2007-08: Had the finest season of his 12-year career, finally breaking through with not only one but two titles including a Major… Snapped a 200-event winless streak by winning the 2007 Lake County Indiana Classic in Merrillville, Ind., for his first career title… Defeated rookie Todd Book, 194-192, in the semifinals before knocking off Wes Malott, 247-239, in the title match to snap one of the longest winless droughts on Tour… Just two months later, Haugen became just the second bowler in history to win his first PBA Tour title and the Tournament of Champions in the same season when he edged Chris Barnes, 215-214, to win the 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions… The top seed for the stepladder finals, Haugen seemed all but done in the sixth frame when he trailed by 52 pins, but he mounted one of the greatest comebacks in PBA Tour history, striking six consecutive times to put the pressure on Barnes; the eventual PBA Player of the Year had a chance to win with a strike on his first ball in the 10th and a chance to tie when he didn’t strike with his first ball, but he left the 4-pin, giving Haugen the stunning victory… The win would mark the end of Haugen’s season, however, as a finger injury caused him to withdraw from the final seven events of the season… Haugen did compete in the season-ending Motel 6 Roll to Riches, his first appearance in the special event… All in all, Haugen established a career high in earnings ($101,820) and tied his career high with two championship round appearances… Finished tied for sixth in the PBA Player of the Year rankings.

Career: Owns two career PBA Tour titles including one Major, both of which came in the 2007-08 season… Waited 200 career events for his first title and just nine for his second… Had finished second twice prior to his first victory, in the 2001 Greater Louisville Open and the 60th U.S. Open in 2003… Fired a 279 in the 2001 Greater Louisville Open title match, but lost to Pete Weber, who shot 289… His U.S. Open title-match loss came at the hands of Walter Ray Williams Jr. after Haugen had knocked off Weber in the semifinals… Is 7-7 in with a 219.71 average in nine career TV singles appearances… Owns 10 PBA Regional Tour titles and has earned $122,580 in regional winnings… Was the PBA West Region Player of the Year in 1997… Total career earnings stand at $602,245.

Career Standard Titles (1): 2007-08 – Merrillville, Ind.

Career Major Titles (1): 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas, Nev.

Michael Haugen Jr
Michael Haugen Jr