2017 Macao-China International Open
Lefties rule Men's Round 1
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23rd June, Macau: Yang Jong Won of Korea led two other left-handers, Alex Liew of Malaysia and Joshua Chow of Hong Kong to take up the top three spots of the Men's Open Round 1 Masters finals at the 2017 Macau China International Open on Friday.

Ho Chok San of Macau set a cracking pace with 269 in his opening game to lead India's Dhruv Sarda by one pin with Yang a further 12 pins away in third. The 21-year-old Korean National Sports University student then added 244 in the second game to take over the running.

Yang went on a hot streak reeling in 257, 247, 210 and 255 in his next four games to extend his lead to 42 pins. Perfect gamers, Adrian Ang of Malaysia and Michael Mak traded second spots before Liew zoomed in onto the leading pack to claim second spot before the final game.

The leader ended with 258 to win the round with 1932. Liew, who made the finals after winning the one-game tie-breaker before the start of the finals, finished second with 1886, 46 pins adrift. Another perfect gamer, Chow took third spot with 1878.

Yang Jong Won leading from start to finish to win the round

Mak fired three big games of 266, 238 and 279 to stormed home for fourth position with 1871 while Timmy Tan of Malaysia rounded out the top five with 1870. Wu Siu Hong and Ernest Kwok, both of Hong Kong tied in 18th position with 1751.

Wu won the one-game tie-breaker, 234-203 to make the cut for Round 2 finals. The top 18 will be joined by the top three local and top three overseas seeded qualifiers for another 8 games tomorrow. The top six finishers will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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