27th November, Hong Kong: 2017 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Jakob Butturff and Singles Semi-finalist, Kyle Troup of Team USA topped the opening squad of the Doubles preliminaries on the third day of the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships.
Maksim Krupenin and Pavel Sobolev of Belarus surprised the field when they started off with 439 to lead Youris Fens and 2017 World Championships Singles gold medallist, Xander van Mazjik of Netherlands in second by six pins.
Surasak Manuwong and Sithiphol Kunaksorn of Thailand started off well with 432 to take up third spot followed by the American pair and the Russian pair in fourth and fifth positions. Butturff, who owns four PBA titles, and finished first runner-up in both the 2018 and 2017 U.S. Open, and the two-handed Troup added a superb 465 to take over the running.
2018 Palembang Asian Games Trios silver medallists, Timmy Tan and Singles Semi-finalist, Muhd Rafiq Ismail moved into second spot with 410 and 437 in their first two games, 30 pins behind the Americans.