25th November, Hong Kong: 2018 Lucky Larsen Masters champion and two-handed PBA pro, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., topped the second squad of the Singles preliminaries at the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships.
2017 Philippine Open champion, Kenneth Chua opened account with a superb 253 to take an early lead, seven pins ahead of 2017 World Championships two bronze medallist, Niko Oksanen of Finland in second with 246.
Mitch Hupe of Canada rolled back-to-back 233 to take over the running after the second game as Costa Rica's Marco Moretti added 247 to his 199 opening game to move up into second. Troup was third after Chua stumbled on a 181 to slip down to fourth.
The Canadian followed up with a splendid 258 in the third game to remain in the lead as Troup moved up to second with another superb 245, 41 pins adrift. Moretti was third with Jord van Weeren of the Netherlands in fourth.
Despite a fourth game of 188, Hupe kept his lead while Troup narrowed the gap to 13 pins with 216. Oksanen knocked down a big game of 266 to keep stay close to the leading duo. Troup added 226 in the fifth game to move into the lead.
Hupe slipped three pins behind the American as the Finn remained in third. Indonesia's Hardy Rachmadian rolled 248 and 227 in his fourth and fifth games to haul himself up the field. The 27-year-old Team USA rookie and owner of 3 PBA titles, ended strongly with 243 to top the squad with 1368.
Oksanen snatched second spot with 1310 while Hupe settled for third with 1296. Rachmadian also finished strongly with 236 to round out the top four with 1293. Troup's effort put him second overall from two squads contested to give Team USA a one-two.
Squad 1 leader and Team USA's Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan remained the leader with his 1473. 2018 Palembang Asian Games Masters champion and PBA Rookie of the Year nominee, Muhd Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia slipped to third, seven pins behind Troup. Oksanen made up the top four and 51 pins further away.
Edward Rey of Colombia, who was third in the first squad dropped down to fifth. Two remaining Squads 3 and 4 is scheduled tomorrow morning and afternoon. The top four finishers from the combined four squads will advance to the Semi-finals and Final scheduled to take place on December 1.
Competition will shift to the Doubles preliminaries divided into four squads and contested over two days, November 27 and 28. The top four pairs from the combined four squads will advance to the Semi-finals and Finals scheduled to take place on December 2.
Two addition events, the Trios and 5-player Team event will be contested over two blocks of 3 games each over the following four days. The top 24 finishers based on their All Events standings (24 games), will qualify for the Masters Rounds commencing December 4.
The host broadcaster for the live streaming will be provided by I-Cable TV network and will be fed to Starhub Singapore, Astro Malaysia, True Vision Thailand, Sportscast Taiwan, TVRI Indonesia, Sky Sports New Zealand, USA & Canada Flo Sports, Elisa Finland, HTV/VTV Cab Vietnam, Sky Net Myanmar while all other territories via the Olympic Channel.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.