Choi holds dominating lead as men's field is cut to 24 in 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2009 BWC

    Live streaming to start on Thursday at 12.30 p.m. local time

    2009BWCChoiYongKyu3.jpg2009BWCRyanLalisang.jpgDay two leader Choi Yong-Kyu (pictured left), Korea, averaged 248.25 in the third and final qualifying block to widen his lead from 53 to an enormous 286 pins as the men's field was cut to the top 24 in the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Melaka, Malaysia.

    Choi came out of the gates commandingly at Melaka International Bowling Center with three consecutive games over 270 (276, 277 and 279) and added games of 246, 228, 197, 238 and 245 for a tournament-high 1986 series and 5652 overall, an average of 235.50 over 24 qualifying games.

    Asian Games champion Ryan Lalisang (right), Indonesia, continued his march to the top and moved from fourth to second place with 5366 (223.58). Lalisang posted the second highest series of the day with 1881 including a high game of 279.

    2009BWCMartinLarsen3.jpg2009BWCMichaelSchmidt4.jpg3-time World Champion Martin Larsen (left) fell one spot to third with 5282 (220,08) after a 1709 series on Wednesday.

    Day one leader Michael Schmidt (right), Canada, rebounded from a sub-par second day with 1866 to move into fourth place, just 3 pins behind Larsen, with 5279.

    Zulmazran Zulkifli from the host country of Malaysia fell from third to fifth place with 5232, while Surasak Manuwong (below left), Thailand, leaped one place to sixth with 5221.

    2009BWCSurasakManuwong.jpg2009BWCWalterRayWilliams5.jpg46-time PBA champion and 3-time World Champion from 2008, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right), United States, posted the second-highest 1891 block including a 298, the highest game of the tournament thus far, to rocket from 34th to 7th place with 5156 pinfall total and an average of 214.83. The six-time PBA Player of the Year is currently 126 pins off the top 3 but has another 16 games (supposed he will make the cut to the top 8) to make the show.

    Rounding out the top 8 is Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, who is mere three pins behind Williams with 5153 (214.71).

    10 players each from Europe (Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Ukraine) and Asia (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, UAE) and four from America Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States) survived the first cut.

    2009BWCDavidCanady.jpg2009BWCDarrenCundy2.jpgAsian ranking champion .Hussain Al Suwaidi, UAE, was 9th with 5124, followed by seven European, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, in 10th with 5116, 11th placed Mark Kerr, Scotland, with 5110, David Canady (left), Germany, 12th with 5087, 13th .Arturs Levikins, Latvia, with 5062, 14th Kert Truus, Estonia, with 5043, .Darren Cundy (right), England, in 15th place with 5030, and .Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, in 16th with 5022.

    Places 17 and 18 belonged to Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, with 5019, and Ryo Yamanaka, Japan, with 5007. Next was Gabriel Sanchez, Puerto Rico, in 19th place 5001, with Maarten Pittens, Netherlands, in 20th place with 4992, and Choi Io Fai, Macau, in 21st with 4979.

    2009BWCDanielFalconi2.jpg2009BWCSonnyReguerra.jpgMexican standout .Daniel Falconi (left) jumped from 45th to 22nd with 4973 due to a 1797 series in the last eight games.

    Alan Bride, Ireland, was 23rd with 4967. Sonny Reguerra (right), New Zealand, beat out 4-time World Cup champ Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines, for the 24th and final spot to advance by three pins, 4963 to 4960.

    Both players were outside the box in 25th and 26th place heading into the final game, trailing Austria's Michael Loos (below right), who was on the bubble, by 4 and 7 pins, respectively. Loss bowled a 216 game but fell to 26th as Reguerra and Nepomuceno both finished with 227. Reguerra took the 24th place while the 227 tie sealed Nepomuceno's fate.

    Click here to view a slide show with action shots from all 88 players
    taken during the men's official practice on Sunday morning.
    Note: Taisier Nazmei, Palestine, withdrew before the first qualifying round.

    2009BWCLogo_small.jpg2009BWCMichaelLoos2.jpg The top 24 will return on Wednesday evening for the quarterfinal with the qualifying total being carried forward. The top 8 after another 8-game block (32 games overall) will advance to the semifinal on Thursday morning.

    Those 8 will determine the three finalists in round robin match play plus position round (total 8 games) with the pinfall from the previous round being carried forward.

    All stepladder matches will be decided in best-of-three games format. No. 3 bowls No. 2 for the right to bowl No. 1 for the title. The highest seeded player will have the choice of starting lane. will partner with the United States Bowling Congress to live stream the men's and women's semifinals and finals of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Lucas Wiseman (pictured right), USBS Senior Public Relations Coordinator, will serve as play-by-play announcer for all broadcasts.


    Live streaming will start on Thursday 12.30 p.m. local time
    (Thursday 5.30 a.m. in Europe or Wednesday 11.30 p.m. EST in America).

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    Men's Qualifying after the third block of 8 games

    The top 24 players advance to the quarterfinal.