• Corteza wins US Open Straight Pool Championship

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    Veteran cue master Lee Vann Corteza ruled the 2017 US Open Straight Pool Championship held at the Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks in Connecticut, USA.

    The 38-year-old Filipino pride posted a convincing 200-149 win over former world champion and Philippine Open titlist Thorsten Hohmann of Germany in the championship round.

    Corteza, a former World Cup of Pool winner, defeated Chris Melling of Great Britain in the semifinals 150-89 while Hohmann dominated Mika Immonen of Finland in the other Final Four pairing, 150-28.

    Corteza also ousted American Bob Madenjian, 150-113, in the quarterfinals of the World Pool-Billiard Association.

    In the elimination round, Corteza topped the Group 2 with a 6-1 record.

    He scored victories over Americans Jonathan Smith in the first round (100-13), Danny Barouty in the second round (100-39) and Bob Darigis in the fourth round (100-61), Maksin Dudanets of Russia in the fifth round (100-44), Melling in the sixth round and another American Alex Borukhovich in the seventh round (100-8).

    Hohmann handed Corteza’s only loss in the tournament in the third round (21-100).

    Filipino Carlo Biado also advanced to the knockout stage after finishing second in Group 1 with a 6-1 card.

    But Biado lost to Hohmann in the quarterfinals (41-150).

    Corteza took home the $6,500 top purse while Hohmann bagged the $4,000 runner-up prize. Biado, nonetheless, had $500 consolation prize.

    It was Corteza’s second straight title this year after winning the 2017 World Pool Series Kamui 8-Ball Challenge two weeks ago.

    He also had runner-up finish in the World Pool Series Molinari Players Championship and third-place trophy in the 2017 Derby City Classic 10-Ball Challenge.

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