MANILA, Philippines – Finland’s Mika Immonen declared that the sport of pool is entering a new era, referring to the need for players to be physically fit when going to battle.
Turns out it’s the era of the “Iceman.”
An acknowledged workout junkie, Immonen—who has won almost every tournament he entered this year— capped a remarkable season with a masterful 11-6 victory over Filipino Lee Van Corteza Monday night to wrest the World 10-Ball Championship at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Pocketing balls with clinical precision and brandishing superior positional play, Immonen cut the error-prone Corteza to size, breaking the hearts of the home crowd.
Immonen, the reigning champion of the prestigious US Open, actually beat two Filipinos on the final day of the tournament. The first to fall was Antonio Lining, whom Immonen defeated in the semifinals, 9-7.