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Frédéric Caudron: two PBA victories, 150,000 euros

Posted by on January 5, 2022

Frédéric Caudron: two PBA victories, 150,000 euros

Frédéric Caudron, celebrating his PBA victory with his wife

GOYANG - The star of Belgian billiard Frédéric Caudron has risen to a peak in the third year of the Korean PBA league. The Belgian, who turns 54 this month, won today, Wednesday, the 18th PBA tournament since its inception in Goyang. For Caudron himself, it was his fourth victory in the circuit. He beat Korean Jae-ho Cho in the final 4-1 with a fantastic 3,550 on average. With the victory in the final, Caudron set a record in the PBA: the Belgian won 14 games in a row in the last two tournaments. Therefore, he earned 150,000 euros in three weeks of PBA in two tournament wins and 3,000 euros for the best match of the tournament, which he had saved for the last match against Cho.

The Belgian's performance in the latter part of 2021 and the start of 2022 was really impressive. Caudron won 14 games over two tournaments (Crown Hatai and Nonghyup Card) without losing one. Never before has a player done that in the two and a half years that PBA exists.

Caudron won those fourteen matches with 46 won sets and 12 lost sets. He defeated ten Koreans and four non-Koreans Eddy Leppens (3-1), Carlos Anguita (3-1), David Zapata (4-1) and Kostas Papakonstantinou (3-1) in these two events.

In the last two games of the previous tournament, Caudron scored 4-1 twice against Dong-koong Kang (2,179) and David Zapata (1,750). In the last two of the tournament that ended today, the score was 4-0 against Jong-joo Lee (2.400) and 4-1 against Jae-ho Cho (15-6, 15-3, 11-15, 15-12, averages 3,550/1,947).

The two final players were by far the best to remain in the final of this fifth tournament of the season. Frédéric Caudron won in the six matches before the final twice 3-0, twice 3-1, once 3-2, in the semi-final 4-0 and in the final 4-1: a total of 46 sets won, of which the best games were in his last two matches.

Jae-ho Cho won his matches with magnificent averages: 2x 2,450, 2,250, 1,833, 2,143 and 2,045, but in the final against Caudron he did not reach the high scores needed to threaten the superlative Caudron.

It looks like the Belgian has found his top level after almost two years (948 days since his transfer from the UMB to the PBA). With four tournament wins, he is by far the best and most deserving player on the circuit. Caudron won his last tournament at the UMB on March 3, 2019 in a Surival 3C Masters in Incheon, where he defeated Marco Zanetti, Eddy Merckx and Dick Jaspers in the four-player final and earned 50,000 dollars. He said goodbye as three-time world champion (1999, Bogota, 2013, Antwerp, 2017 Santa Cruz) and winner of 21 World Cups. He then left definitely for the PBA, where he played his first tournament in the first week of June 2019: Filippos Kasidokostas was the winner, Caudron was eliminated in the round of 16 finalists.

It was a modest run-up to the successes he has achieved since that start: Caudron, who was in a final match four times, won them all: the 4th, 9th, 17th and 18th PBA tournament. In the finals he defeated Min-gu Kang, Filippos Kasidokostas, David Zapata and Jae-ho Cho.With only one tournament left to play for the regular competition, tension is growing for the 32 places available for the final tournament with a top prize of 220,000 euros. Frédéric Caudron leads in points after the last tournament: 221,000 ahead of David Zapata with 150,000, David Martinez with 146,500 and Dong-koong Kang with 143,000.

The top sixteen after the penultimate tournament:
1 Frédéric Caudron 221,000
2 David Zapata 150,000
3 David Martinez 146,500
4 Dong-koong Kang 143,000
5 Eddy Leppens 131,500
6 Jae-ho Cho 130,500
7 Huynh Phuong Linh Nguyen 55,000
8 Keon-hwi Cho 45,000
9 Javier Palazón 43,000
10 Hyun-min Seo 38,000
11 Min-gu Kang 37,500
12 Kwang-yeol Park 37,000
13 Seung-yong Kang 33,500
14 Birol Uymaz 32,500
15 Hacker 32,500
16 Minh Cam Ma 32,000

The non Koreans in the first 50:
17 Adnan Yüksel 29,500
23 Glenn Hofman 26,000
38 Carlos Anguita 19.500
42 Savas Bulut 18,000

Top 20 in money:

1 Frédéric Caudron 206.500.000 Korean won, 144.500 euro
2 David Martinez 116.500.000 won
3 Dong-koong Kang 115.000.000 won
4 Eddy Leppens 109.000.000
5 David Zapata 85.500.000
6 Jae-ho Cho 78.000.000
7 Huynh Phuong Linh Nguyen 36.000.000
8 Keon-hwi Cho 16.000.000
9 Huyn-min Seo 13.000.000
10 Javier Palazon 12.500.000
11 Kwang-yeol Park 11.500.000
12 Hacker 11.500.000
13 Jung-ju Shin 11.000.000
14 Jun-hyuk Im 11.000.000
15 Jong-joo Lee 11.000.000
16 Min-gu Kang 10.500.000
17 Seung-yong Kang 10.000.000
18 Young-seob Kim 10.000.000
19 Adnan Yüksel 9.500.000
20 Minh Cam Ma 9.000.000.





Frédéric Caudron, 4th PBA win since the start of the league

Frédéric Caudron, the better of Jae-ho Cho in final match

Frédéric Caudron, two PBA wins in three weeks, 150.000 euros




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