Joining the trio are 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Singles bronze medallist, Frederick Ong, Jonas Baltasar and Emerson Gotencio taking up fourth to sixth positions. The top 6 overseas qualifiers will also automatically advance to Round 2 finals.
Qualifiers positioned 7 to 12 in the local pool, qualifiers positioned 7 to 12 in the overseas pool and the top 20 qualifiers in the local and overseas (mixed) pool along with the defending champion, Sam Cooley of Australia and 3 qualifiers from the one-game Desperado squad will contest the 8-game Round 1 on Saturday, June 15.
The top 12 finishers from Round 1 will be joined by the 12 seeded qualifiers (the top 6 from local pool and the top 6 from overseas pool) for another 8-games in Round 2 finals on June 16. The top 3 finishers at the end of Round 2 finals will advance to the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion.
Qualifying will continue through to the last squad at 10.00pm on Friday June 14. The Open Senior and Youth Masters finals will be held on June 14 while the Graded Masters finals will be staged on June 15.
The third edition of the new PBF Philippine International Open is sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and other sponsors including Boysen Paints, Smart Communications, MVP Foundation, Cafe Puro, Prima Pasta, The City Bowling Shop, Jollibee, The Bowler and Timberpro.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila, Philippines.