5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Doubles bronze medallist, Michael Mak of Hong Kong set a cracking pace with a 267 opener to lead American, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. by 11 pins and Williams in a close third.
Williams added a superb 257 in the second game to take over the running. Jones continued to trail in second as Mak suffered a poor 165 in his second game to drop off the pace. The Brit, who finished third in the 2017 Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open losing to eventual winner Francois Lovoie, continued his relentless pace reeling in 234, 248, 257 and 235 to wrap up the round with a total of 1477.
29th SEA Games triple gold medallist, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia stormed home with a sizzling 267 to snatch second position with 1440. Defending champion and winner of six PBA titles, Jesper Svensson of Sweden also ended with a strong 258 to clinch third spot with 1417.