Four American players are methodically moving their way to the top of the ongoing Philippine Open at SM Megamall.
In second round matches Thursday, Shane van Boening and Gabe Owen beat separate opponents to stay in the winners bracket.
Seeded No. 5, Van Boening beat Korean Jeong Young Hwa 9-2. The American champion appears to be finding his groove with his second decisive win in a row. He earlier beat Singaporean Chan Keng Kwang by the score of 9-5.
After barely hurdling the first round via a hill-hill match against Singaporean Toh Lian Han, Owen found his form Thursday as he trounced Scot Jonni Fulcher 9-3.
On the losers bracket, Corey Deuel and Oscar Dominguez remain in contention for the top prize.Deuel beat Ibrahim bin Amir of Malaysia 9-5, while Dominguez hurdled Julie Kelly of Ireland, 9-6.