| Fadhil Yunus |
PENGIRAN Md Faiq Hafizuddin bin Pengiran Haji Jalaludin emerged champion of the 2nd Master Alim Handicap Points 9-Ball Tournament 2019 after he defeated Haji Md Khairuddin bin Haji Hasnan 8-5 in the final at the Master Alim Pool Café in Kiulap recently.
Haji Md Khairuddin finished as runner-up while Haji Haironi Hamizin bin Haji Salleh and Muhid bin Miamit rounded off the top four as semi-finalists.
In the last 16, Pengiran Md Faiq enjoyed an 8-4 win over Md Hassanuddin before repeating the same result against Md Khalid in the quarterfinal.
The champion sealed an 8-5 victory over Haji Haironi in the semi-finals to set up the decider against Haji Md Khairuddin.
Meanwhile, Haji Md Khairuddin had a keenly contested battle with Hemran in the last 16 before eventually taking an 8-6 win.
The finalist breezed to an 8-2 win over Zainal in the subsequent stage and Muhid in similar fashion with an 8-3 win in the last four to boost his hopes of a title.
A total of 42 participants, including a number of familiar faces in the domestic pool scene, competed in the three-day long tournament, which culminated in the final on June 30.
The first two days of the competition, which commenced on June 28, featured the qualifiers stage with eight players from each day proceeding to the main event round.
The competition was played in a double elimination format during the qualifying round in a race to seven and single elimination in the main event in a race to eight.
Chief Executive Member of Master Alim Pengiran Md Fuad Waqiyuddin bin Pengiran Haji Jalaludin presented the prizes.