NZ Sharp Shooter Defeats World #1!

128 of the best players in the world competed in Osaka, Japan for the 49th All Japan Open 9-Ball Championship sanctioned by the World Pool Association.


Eight time New Zealand Champion Matt Edwards competed in the event and defeated the current World #1 Ranked Pool Player Chang Jung-Lin of Taiwan with a score of 11 games to 9.


Edwards powered through the rest of the tournament making light work of defeating some of the best players the Japan open had to offer.

Eventually Edwards went head to head with defending champion Johann Chua from the Philippines, giving an overall finish of 9th place and New Zealand’s highest ever achievement in a world ranking professional event.


Edwards made waves on the professional scene in 2012 with his debut at the World 9-Ball Championship, where he defeated some of the best in the game, including American great Shane Van Boening. He then went on to make history in becoming the first New Zealander to qualify at the world championships and breaking into the Top 50 in the World Rankings.


From humble beginnings Edwards started as a 13-year-old, dreaming of competing at a professional level with hopes of one day bringing the World Title back to New Zealand. At the rate the balls are being potted the future looks bright for this young Kiwi!

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