Two-time TV finalist and winner of the PBA Bear Open for his seventh career title, Anthony Simonsen headed the second bracket with 2119 in tenth position while the cut for Round 3 finals in 24th position went to Singapore's Remy Ong with 2030.
Hong Kong's Wu Siu Hong, who tied with Ong, headed the third bracket and if there is no qualifier knocking the Singaporean off 24th, a one-ball roll-off with Wu may have to decide who earns the bye. Current cut in 33rd position went to Francois Lavoie of Canada on 2015.
Positions 34 to 37 reserved for female qualifiers not in the top 32 were Jazreel Tan (SGP-1995), Bryanna Cote (USA-1974), Alexis Sy (PHI-1959) and Tannya Roumimper (INA-1953) will qualify for Round 2 finals.
There were a total of 13 big scorers in the first three squads this morning. Chong Jun Foo (MAS-713), Ryan Ciminelli (USA-712), Nathan Bohr (USA-707), Shota Kawazoe (JPN-705), Ryan Lalisang (INA-704), Marshall Kent (USA-731), Kamron Doyle (USA-723), Tommy Jones (USA-719), Pontus Andersson (SWE-715), Liz Johnson (USA-785), Cheah Ray Han (SGP-743), Danielle McEwan (USA-737) and Anthony Simonsen (USA-705).