Germany's Kai Günther
(l.) took a surprising lead after day one of the Singles event in the Men's World Championships 2008 in Thailand. Günther, who wasn't nominated for the team event, felled 1,317 pins in the first of three squads today, an average of 219.50 over six games, to lead a field of 200 (out of total 330) players. Shaking off an uncharacteristic sub-par week, Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr.
(r.) of Ocala, Fla., moved into second place with 1,316. Both players will now wait out the final two preliminary squads on Friday to see if their scores remain in the top four to qualify for the semifinals.