By Saturday evening the field will be reduced to 16 courtesy of three 9 hole knockout rounds before the quarter-finalists head into Sunday’s matches to decide the winner and leading finishers.
Jake McLeod and Wade Ormsby were the only two Australian survivors at the completion of qualifying, Adam Bland narrowly missing out in a playoff in his bracket for one of the two remaining places in Saturday’s field.
Ormsby was forced to survive a playoff where 11 players were challenging for the nine spots remaining in one of the two brackets.
McLeod, who finished 24th, will face Frenchman, Gregory Havret, while Ormsby takes on England’s David Horsey in what is essentially the round of 64.
Should McLeod get through his opening encounter against Havret he will take on either the leading qualifier, Chris Paisley, or his fellow Englishman, Sam Horsfield, who was one of those to survive a playoff today.
Should Ormsby get through round one tomorrow morning he will face either Adrian Saddier or one of the pre-tournament favourites Thomas Detry although the nature of this format suggests anyone capable of making it this far is a chance to advance to the final.
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