Cooley took over the lead from Ismail after recovering with 222 as Ismail posted 210. The Finn rolled a second 246 up third. Barnes downed 211 to slip behind Palermaa. With less than 35 pins separating the quartet, it was wide open for any of them to win the round.
Barnes ended strongest with 239 in his sixth game to win the round with 1346. Palermaa settled for second with 1334, 12 pins adrift. Cooley ended with 187 to finish third with 1330. Ismail and Yannaphon rounded out the top 5 with 1317 and 1307 respectively.
Ciminelli finished sixth with 1275, Liz Johnson of USA seventh with 1260, and Sithiphol eighth with 1259. Greg Young of USA, who was last before the final game, rolled the tournament's sixth perfect game to secure a place in the next round in ninth position with 1254.
Steve Weber of USA clinched the tenth spot with 1233. 2016 Thailand Open champion, Kim Bolleby of Thailand missed the cut by 6 pins to finish 11th with 1227. The top 10 advanced to the next round and will be joined by qualifiers positioned 9 to 24 from the Round 1 qualifying standings for another 6 games from scratch after the break.