Morris makes late charge at World Pool League

Rodney Morris

Day two is complete at the World Pool League and some players are now able to breath easy knowing their spot in the semi-finals is assured.

With a 5-5 draw in his match against Thomas Engert, Francisco Bustamante remains atop the standings and has assured himself a spot in the semis. Bustamante led the match 4-2, but Engert was able to come back to tie it at 4-4 and then earn one point for the tie. With only two points to his credit, Engert is not completely eliminated from semi-final contention, but it would require everything to go in his favor to still earn a spot.

Defending champion Rodney Morris finally got a win to his credit with a 7-3 victory over Niels Feijen. Morris led early by scores of 3-1 and 4-2 on his way to the win. A win by Feijen would have guaranteed him a spot in the semi-finals, but he will likely earn the spot anyway. Morris will still need a win against Alex Pagulayan on Sunday to have any chance of making it to the semi-finals.

The other evening match saw Steve Davis and Pagulayan playing with both players looking for wins to cement their positions in the semi-finals. Davis looked in control early as he took a quick 3-0 lead, but Pagulayan fought back to tie the match at 3-3. Davis took the lead again at 4-3, but Pagulayan again tied it at 4-4. Davis got to 5-4 but Pagulayan broke and ran the final rack to earn a 5-5 tie.

The event continues Sunday with one more round of play in the round robin phase. After the round robin phase is complete, the top four players will play a single elimination tournament with the final winner receiving $20,000 in prize money.

Results After Twelve Matches

Plyd Won Drwn Lost For Away Pts +/-
1 Francisco Bustamante 4 2 2 0 22 18 6 +4
2 Niels Feijen 4 2 1 1 20 20 5 0
3 Steve Davis 4 1 2 1 20 20 4 0
4 Alex Pagulayan 4 1 2 1 20 20 4 0
5 Rodney Morris 4 1 1 2 20 20 3 0
6 Thomas Engert 4 0 2 2 18 22 2 -4