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MALACCA: American pro bow­ler Walter Ray Wil­liams Jr wears the favourite tag in the World Cup, which begins here today.

But the bowler – who has a record 45 PBA titles, has been inducted into both the USBC and PBA Hall of Fame, and has been crowned the PBA Bowler of the Year for six times (1986, 1993, 1996,1997, 1998, 2002) – will keep his feet firmly on the ground.

“There are many good bowlers in the tournament and anyone can win it,” said Williams, who insisted that being a pro does not make him the favourite to claim the title.

“I still have to do my best, deliver quality shots and minimise on my mistakes.”

He added that most of the amateurs in the tournament had the ability to perform just as well as the pros.

“Many of the amateurs here are full-time bowlers and they are amateurs only in name because they do not play on pro circuits. So, there is really not much difference between the pros and amateurs here,” he said.

The 50-year-old is making his debut in the World Cup this year since the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) opened their competitions to professionals for the first time last year in the world championships in Thailand.

Nicknamed Deadeye, Williams bagged three gold medals at the world championships.

On the lane conditions of the World Cup in Malacca, he said: “The conditions here are easy and everyone will be scoring high.

“It will boil down to accuracy and consistency.”

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