Bustamante wins 4th World Billiard Title

This spread depicts Bustamante's struggle to win a world pool title

Bustamante's Winning Form
Bustamante's Winning Form

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Bustamante won Super Billiards League in Winnipeg

Tarlac’s pride Francisco “Django’’ Bustamante, 46, defeated Kuo Po Cheng of Chinese Taipei, 13-7, in the finals, and completed a solid performance that started for over a month when he won the Super Billiards League in Winnipeg, Canada. Bustamante pocketed the top prize of US $36,000 after his victory early Tuesday, July 6 PM, Manila Time.

Team Asia routed team Europe

This was Django's fourth championship this year. He was a member of the winning Team Asia that routed the Team Europe last January 17 in Brunei in ASIA VERSUS EUROPE CHALLENGE MATCH. Other members of Team Asia were Hall of Famer Efren "Bata" Reyes, Hui Chan Lu and Ko Pin-yi of Taiwan and Teo Che Soon of Brunei. Each of them received US$ 5,400 for their effort

Bustamante captured 3rd Major Title- WPBL championship in Winnipeg

Last March 21, Bustamante pinned Puyat Sports stablemate Reyes for the crown of the 23rd Annual Japan Open — Open Division in Tokyo Japan for the top prize of US$ 16,000.

Bustamante captured his third major title last June this year by ruling the inaugural World Professional Billiard League (WPBL) championship in Winnipeg, Canada. The sporting event dubbed as Super Series of Billiards held at the Mc Phillips Station Casino saw Bustamante thrash American star Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer, 5-2 in the finals.

Honored in parade

Bustamante was honored in a parade at his hometown in Tarlac for winning a gold medal at the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, in 2002. Together with Antonio Lining, he beat the Koreans Jeong Young-Hwa and Kim Won-Suk, 11-9, in the 9-ball doubles for the Philippines’ second oF three gold medals.

Biggest purse

Previously, he has won $107,200 from various tournaments. In 2001, he earned $41,030. In 1988 he earned his biggest purse when he pocketed $122,000 with victories in Denver, Tulsa, Nashville, Columbus 10-Ball Open and the Reno Open 9-Ball Championship, where he beat Earl “The Pearl” Strickland.

Django's feat

Bustamante’s bagging the Doha 9-ball championship is a feat that is worth appreciating. To understand its significance you must go back to 2002 when Bustmante also played in the finals of the WPC against Earl Strickland. The evening prior to the final match word came from Manila that Bustamante’s daughter had died. Bustamante, crushed, was told that he need not play the finals. He considered this, but his wife somehow convinced him that their child would have wanted him to continue the fight

Spectator's wept

He did. In one of the bravest moments that a billiard game has ever witnessed, Bustamante took the stage while the crowd around him wept. News about the demise of Bustamente’s daughter spread through the morning and the sight of this man continuing the battle was simply stunning. He lost to Strickland that day, but won the hearts of pool fans the world over.

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