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24th Malta Open Championships
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The 16 players who finished 9th to 24th in All-Event based on the total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team preliminaries squared off in best-of-three games match play format. In each round of the Masters finals, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second highest the second lowest, and so on.
Lavoie, the 2016 U.S. Open winner, who subsequently earned PBA Rookie of the Year honors, defeated Nicola Pongolini of Italy, 192-189 and 223-200.
The other four matches went the distance. In the match between the no. 9 and no. 24 seed, Mattias Wetterberg (l.) of Sweden easily won the first game against Oliver Morig of Germany, 204-165. Morig rebounded nicely with a 279-227 win in game two, but Wetterberg got progressively better, winning the third game and the match, 234-164.
Hupé (r.) fired a big game in the decider to hold off Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand, 258-224.
Wilkins (r.) won in three games against multiple World Champion Tommy Jones, USA. The Canadian easily won the first game 243-163. Jones then leveled the match with a 198-167, before Wilkins won the deciding game, 204-167.
The top eight qualifiers in Masters, who received first-round byes, will join the first-round winners in the Round of 16 Wednesday at noon Hong Kong Time. The 2018 World Men Championships conclude with the Masters final Wednesday night.
Masters Round of 16 Match-ups
#1 EJ Tackett, USA vs. #20 Mitch Hupé, Canada
#2 Andrew Anderson, USA vs. #16 Marco Moretti, Costa Rica
#3 Dan MacLelland, Canada vs. #15 Zach Wilkins, Canada
#4 Kyle Troup, USA vs. #14 Jari Ratia, Finland
#5 Koo Seonghoi, Korea vs. #12 Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia
#6 Christopher Sloan, Ireland vs. #11 Francois Lavoie, Canada
#7 Jaris Goh, Singapore vs. #10 Hardy Rachmadian, Indonesia
#8 Kim Kyungmin, Korea vs. #9 Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden
The Round of 24 will be followed by the medal round for the five-player team event at 17.00 Hong Kong Time. In the opening semi-final match, no. 1 USA takes on no. 4 Singapore, while no. 2 Canada and no. 3 Italy square off in the other semi-final match.
The 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China. The Championships are being hosted by World Bowling, bowling’s world governing body, and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.
265 players from 47 countries, maximum six men per country, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 11-day competition (Nov. 25-Dec. 5).
Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 2018 World Men Championships featuring reports, results and photos commencing with the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference “Youth Development and Coaching” at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Nov. 20-21, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).
Team USA wins another gold medal in Trios in Hong Kong, China
USA, Canada, Italy, Singapore to bowl for the World Championships Team gold
EJ Tackett wins gold in All-Events at the World Men Championships
Ang & Hakim win second gold for Malaysia in Doubles at World Men Championships
Russia leads as Squad B has concluded the Team preliminaries at the World Championships
Rafig Ismail wins historic gold medal for Malaysia at World Men Championships
Germany leads, France in second after the first block of the Team event
Germany leads opening squad of the Team event at World Men Championships
South Korea earns No. 1 seed in Trios Finals at World Men Championships
Strong finish propels South Korea into the lead in Trios at Men’s Worlds
Sweden continues to lead as Squad 2 has completed the WMC Trios Preliminaries
South Korea moves into fifth place as WMC Trios event reaches halfway point
Sweden takes the lead in the second Squad in Trios event at WMC
World Bowling secures global broadcast for World Men Championships
Indonesia sets the pace in Trios at World Men Championships
USA, Canada, Malaysia, Korea advance to the medal round in Doubles
USA, Canada shoot into Doubles lead at World Men Championships
Malaysia charges into the lead in Doubles Men’s Worlds in Hong Kong
USA takes early lead in Doubles preliminaries at World Men Championships
Anderson, Troup, Ismail, MacLelland to determine the World Champion in Singles
Canada’s Dan MacLelland cracks top 4 in Singles at Men’s Worlds in HK
USA’s Anderson, Troup 1 & 2 as WMC Singles Prelims reach halfway point
Andrew Anderson takes commanding lead in Singles at World Men Championships
2018 World Men Championships officially launched in Hong Kong
More than 150 participate in 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference
Cream of the crop gathers in Hong Kong for World Men Championships
2018 World Men Championships Preview
Single-elimination, best-of-three games format. Winners advance, losers eliminated.
|Seed||Player||Country||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Won-Lost|
|#16||Marco Moretti||Costa Rica||211||212||2|
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