21st November, Suzhou: 2019 U.S. Open first runner-up, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., captured the inaugural 2019 Tiger Bowling Cup China International Invitational after defeating AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 2-0 in the all-American final.
Rash, the 2011-2012 PBA Player of the Year, took the first best-of-three games title match, 211-194 before wrapping up the victory with 227-207 in the second match for the top prize of US$20,000 leaving Johnson taking home US$10,000 as first runner-up.
The champion, who was seeded fourth, had earlier edged Hong Kong's Michael Mak, 2-1 in the semi-finals (Rash 210, 226, 258 and Mak 174, 268, 192). Johnson ended China's hope with victory over Su Jun, 2-0 (227, 203 and 181, 171) in the other semi to face his compatriot in the final.
Su defeated Mak in the third and fourth place playoffs, 2-1 to finish as second runner-up and earning US$8,000 with Mak settling for third runner-up and US$6,000.