The 2001 world champion earned $40,000 by defeating former world 9-ball champion Ronnie Alcano (Philippines) 13-7 in the final. Alcano earned $20,000.
It was sweet revenge for the Finn as Alcano earlier had defeated him 13-7 in the winners' final.
Warren Kiamco was beaten 11-9 by Immonen in the losers' final to finish third. That was worth $10,000 for the Filipino.
Alcano also finished second in last year's event. The winner that time was Shane Van Boening from USA. This time around he was knocked out by countryman Larry Nevel in the earlier rounds.
This was the first US Open title for Immonen. His best previous finish was runner-up to Corey Deuel (USA) in the 2001 final.
With this win Immonen moves from third to second in the BCA Points List. Losing finalist Alcano enters the list at 25th. Previous No.2 Johnny Archer (USA) is the new points leader. Shane Van Boening (USA) drops from first to third.
Immonen sits at No.3 in the first edition of the new WPA rankings. Alcano is in eighth. Ralf Souquet from Germany is the leader, followed by Daryl Peach (England).
The tournament was played 19-25 October at the Chesapeake Conference Center, in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA. There were 238 entrants in this the 33rd edition of the championships.
- US Open 9-Ball Championships (Official page)
- The Iceman Chills Alcano in Chesapeake (AzBilliards)
- Big Win for Finn: Immonen Clobbers Alcano to Break U.S. Open 'Curse' (Billiards Digest)
- Final Verdict: Immonen Can Win It (Billiards Digest)
- Immonen is New U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion (Inside Pool Magazine)
- US Open Title... (Mika Immonen)
- Immonen new Champion (Ralf Souquet)
- Alcano settles for second place in US Open 9-Ball Championship (ABS-CBN News)
- Alcano bows to Immonen in US Open finals (balita-dot-ph)
- Falling short... again: Alcano loses to Immonen in US Open 9-ball final (GMA News)
- Alcano settles for second, Kiamco third at the US Open (BusinessWorld Online)
- US Open Wrap up - homeward bound (The Tip Jar)
- Mika “The Iceman” Immonen is the New US Open 9 Ball Champion over Ronnie Alcano! (NYC Grind)
- Mika Immomen Wins US Open 9-Ball Championships (Poolmag's 8-Ball Blog)
- "Mika talks about his US Open win" (Run Out Radio)
- Stroke of Genius: Mika's Mighty Combo (Billiards Digest)
- US Open pix (The Tip Jar)
- Video coverage (Accu-Stats)
- US Open (AzBilliards Forums)
- US Open Nine-ball Championship (Wikipedia)
- Mika Immonen (Official homepage)
- Mika Immonen (Wikipedia)