"I had a modest start in the Step 2 finals but when I had a few big games, I knew I had a chance to make the knockout finals. In the match against Keith Saw in Step 4, I was confident I could beat him when I saw he was struggling to repeat the form he showed in Step 3 finals.
"Again in the championship match against Lalisang, I knew it would be a tough match as the Indonesian is a very good bowler but when he too struggled in the first match, I knew I could win. It's defiitely a good start to the year and I'm looking forward to do well for the rest of the year."
The champion, who pocketed the top prize of US$20,000, had earlier brushed aside, Saw, 438-360 in Step 4 finals to face topseed, Lalisang. Saw defeated fourth-seed and compatriot, Muhd Jaris Goh, fifth-seed, Michael Mak of Hong Kong and Ghanim Aboujassoum of Qatar, 467-428-382-410 to advance to Step 4 finals.
Lalisang picked up US$12,000 as first runner-up while Saw took home US$6,500 as second runner-up. Jaris Goh, Mak and Aboujassoum earned US$3,500 each for finishing fourth to sixth positions.