Hometown boy, Praise Gahol took a surprise lead with 247 in his opening game, five pins ahead of 2017 Macau Open Graded champion, Park Geon Ha of Korea and Takumi Hagasaki of Japan, a close third. Despite adding 193 in the second game, the Filipino was unable to hang on to the lead.
Tun Ameerul, who shot 214 in his first game, added a strong game of 247 to leapfrog into the lead as Gahol slipped down to second, 21 pins adrift. Hagasaki suffered a poor 164 for Park to take up third. The Malaysian scorched the lanes with a stunning 268 to stretch his lead to 80 pins, ahead of the Korean in second. Chinese Taipei's Liao Li-Yang made grounds to take up third spot.
The leader widen his margin further with another superb game of 223 in the fourth. Singapore's Marcus Leong rolled a big game of 268 to move into second ahead of the Korean and the Taiwanese in third ans fourth respectively.