Friday, May 12, 2006

Reyes takes Asian Tour Opener

Efren "The Magician" Reyes (Philippines) captured the first leg of the San Miguel Asian 9-ball Tour. In the final he beat Li He Wen from China 11-6.

The two players overcame a strong field to reach the finals. Also entered were two-time world champion Chia-Ching Wu (Taiwan), 2004 world champion Alex Pagulayan (Canada), Marlon Manalo (Philippines), former world champion Fong-Pang Chao (Taiwan), Francisco Bustamante (Philippines) and 2005 Asian Tour leader Chin-Shun Yang (Taiwan).

First prize was $10,000. Reyes has now won a total of six events on the Tour. He was overall champion the first two years (2003-2004).

The competition was held in Ho-Chin-Minh City, Vietnam. Next stop is Bangkok, Thailand on June 2-4. There are a total of four events in the Tour. The top 10 finishers in the Order of Merit will earn spots in the 2006 World Pool Championship.

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