Pinoys shine in 2016 Taom Tip 9-Ball Tour


The Philippines had a dominating performance in the 2016 Taom Tip 9-Ball Tour after veteran cue masters Antonio Lining and Ramil Gallego took the top two spots at the Michael’s Billiards Center in Fairfield, Ohio in US.

Lining went undefeated in the tournament as he clobbered Dennis Hatch, Robb Saez, Shane Winters and Shane McMinn in the early rounds then toppled Louis Demarco in the quarterfinals, 8-3, and Billy Thorpe in the semifinals via a 8-6 victory.

The 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medalist Lining then blasted Gallego in the championship match through an 8-4 decision.

Gallego made it to the finals by ousting Tommy Ste­phenson, Martin Zavala and Brandon Hall.

Lining pocketed the $2,600 top purse while Gallego settled for $1,800 runner-up prize.

Thorpe placed third ($1,300) followed by Winters ($1,000), Zavala ($500) and Demarco ($500).

Meanwhile, Filipino-Canadian currently holds the No. 3 spot in the world moneymaking list of the Az Billiards.

Pagulayan, a former World 9-Ball champion, has a total earning of $110,117 while compatriot Dennis Orcollo is in fifth place with $85,725.

American Shane Van Boening remains on top with $168,565 followed by Jayson Shaw of Great Britain in second with $143,583.

The other Filipinos in the list are No. 24 Warren Kiam­co ($27.430), No. 28 Francisco Bustamante ($23,600), No. 30 Roberto Gomez ($21,200), No. 36 Carlo Biado ($19,277) and No. 38 Lee Vann Corteza ($17,848).


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