Sole Kuwaiti finalist, Ali Heedar surprised the field when he led after beating Rhys Woszczeiko of Australia B, 245-202 and earned 10 pins extra for the win in the opening match. Jackson Botham beat compatriot and Doubles gold medallist, Cullum Borck, 241-174 to trail the Kuwaiti in second.
When Ali lost his second game, Team silver medallist, Muhd Arif Iskandar of Malaysia A added another win in his second match with a stunning 266 to take over the running. Two gold medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong A also won his first two matches to move up to second, 42 pins adrift.
Muhd Arif won his next two matches but could not hang on to his lead. Alex Yu, who lost his first match, came back with three straight wins and his fourth match of 278 propelled him into the lead as Muhd Arif slipped down to second.