The start of the Open division finals saw KPBA pros, Kang Minhwan and Choi Wonyoung sharing the lead as they set a blistering pace of 277 in their opening game. A third Korean pro and Squad A leader of the qualifying rounds, Lee Myeonghun also fired a sizzling game of 266 to trail the leading duo.
Kang added another stunning 267 to claim the outright lead as Choi slipped down to fifth despite rolling a decent 224 in the second game. Amateur Choi Seokbyeong of Daegu City downed 268 to add to his opening game of 259 to take up second spot, 17 pins behind the leader.
2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Singles gold medallist, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand posted a big game of 279 to stay third while Lee fell to fourth even with 237.
The third game saw most of the front runners returning yet bigger games. Choi blitzed the lanes with 278 to take over the lead. Arromsaranon added 289 to move into second, 10 pins adrift. Simonsen, who had a moderate start with 234 and 257, fired 279 to move into contention in third.