Pagulayan rules Texas 9-ball tourney

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Veteran Filipino player Alex Pagulayan dominated the 9-Ball and One Pocket events of the 3rd Annual Big Time Classic Open held at the Big Tyme Billiards Center in Texas, US.

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Pagulayan outclassed Mexican Rueben Bautista in the two-game championship round to pocket the $4,000 top purse. He scored 7-2 in Game 1 and 7-3 in Game 2.

Bautista settled for the $2,000 runner-up purse.

The 38-year-old Pagulayan earned a spot in the finals by trouncing Skyler Woodward of US in the quarterfinals and Cheng Yu-Hsuan of Taiwan in the semifinals.

In the One Pocket event, Pagulayan and American Jeremy Jones shared the top honors after beating their respective semifinal foes.

Pagulayan, a former multi-gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games, ousted Daniel McKenney of US while Pagulayan clobbered compatriot Josh Roberts.

The Filipino cue artist secured an additional $2,600 cash prize.

For winning the two events, Pagulayan now leads the Az Billiards Money Leader Board with a total earnings of $120,748.

Early this year, Pagulayan topped the Fight Night 14 ($50,000), Derby City Classic Master of the Table ($20,000), Buffalo Billiards Pro One Pocket ($16,000) and Derby City Classic One Pocket ($12,000). He also had runner-up finish in the Derby City Classic 9-Ball Division ($8,000) and third-place finish in the Derby City Classic 10-Ball Challenge ($4,000).

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