Pagulayan absorbs loss in World Pool Masters

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Former world champion Alex Pagulayan bowed to Neils Feijen of the Netherlands, 8-2, in the semifinals of the 2013 World Pool Masters 9-Ball tournament held at the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley, Great Britain.

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Pagulayan, a triple gold medalist in the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games and 2004 World 9-Ball titlist, made it to the semifinals by nipping Kim Ga-Young of South Korea in the Last 16 (8-2) and Chris Melling of Great Britain in the quarterfinals (8-4).

The Filipino, nevertheless, earned a $5,000 consolation purse for reaching the Final Four stage.

Feijen eventually took the crown by surviving Darren Appleton of Great Britain in the finals, 8-6. Feijen pocketed $20,000 while Appleton received $10,000.

Legendary cue master Efren “Bata” Reyes was not as magical this time as he succumbed to Mika Immonen of Finland, 6-8, in their Last 16 match. Still, Reyes got $2,000 in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

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