Did nerves get the better of Alex Pagulayan at World Pool Masters?
Alex Pagulayan lost out to Jayson Shaw in dramatic circumstances
By Sky Sports Pool
Last Updated: 20/02/17 4:39pm
Alex Pagulayan looked odds on to reach the semi-finals of the World Pool Masters in Gibraltar with just a straightforward nine ball left on the table.
Pagulayan and Scotland's Jayson Shaw enjoyed a nip-and-tuck battle on the baize with the Canadian opening up a 4-1 lead at one point in the contest, until Shaw came battling back to close the gap to 3-4 and then 5-6. After Shaw made it 6-6, the quarter-final went down to a deciding rack.
But Shaw came up dry on his break-off shot, which allowed the dangerous Pagulayan to power through the balls and leave himself what seemed a straightforward shot on the nine, despite the cue ball close to the rail.
In kicked nerves as Pagulayan misjudged his shot to leave the audience in shock and disbelief. Feeling almost embarrassed by the miss, he immediately conceded the match to Shaw, who looked bemused by what had just happened.
Click on the video above to see Alex Pagulayan's astonishing miss and then see the moment when a spectator pointed out that one of his cues was burning as it leant against one of the effects lights, below.
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