Meanwhile, defending champion and overnight leader, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand remained unchallenged to retain top spot with 1477. Team-mate and 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat fired a stunning 789 series to leapfrog into second spot with 1476 and gave Thailand a one-finish.
Early leader, Joshua Chow of Hong Kong settled for third position with 1439 while Muhd Danial Zheng Yi of Singpaore was knocked off the top bracket into fourth with 1418. First perfect gamer and newly-crowned Senior Masters champion, Chen Han of China completed the top five with 1402.
The top three positions in the local pool also remained unchanged with Chen Kuan-Yeh, Chui Po-Yang and Jack Cheng in first, second and third with 1476, 1403 and 1392 respectively. 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei champion, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand headed the mixed pool with 1365.
The cut in 11th position in the mixed pool went to Hong Kong's Marco Leung with 1300. The top 3 overseas and top 3 local qualifiers will skip Round 1 finals and automatically advance to Round 2.