I think this was the year that Bustamante found out his daughter died while he was playing the tournament. His wife told him to keep playing in honor of his daughter. Bustamante played amazingly good, and lost a heartbreaking 17-15 in the final against Earl Strickland. Not sure if this is entirely accurate but that's the story I heard.
At 1:00:09 even though the shot didn't work out for Busty that was some really clever thinking. I'm almost positive that he figured that if he did make the 1 off the 7 in the side, it would send the 7 into the cluster where the 2 ball was. If he didn't make the carom then most likely he wouldn't break up the cluster where the 2 was so Yang would have a tough time running out from there. The commentators didn't seem to think he played it on purpose.
After watching it several times, and closely watching his eyes to see what he was thinking, I think you are wrong. I think that he was intending to make the one off the rail and the two ball, and then see what he got on the two.
What sealed if for me was the look he had right after the shot. He looked up into the audience and not at the 7. That told me something in the audience distracted him and he didn't get the results he wanted. He looked up there BEFORE the 7 got down to the the area of the 2 ball.
However, the plan you thought he was going for (and maybe he was) is also a good plan IMO.
...What sealed if for me was the look he had right after the shot. He looked up into the audience and not at the 7. That told me something in the audience distracted him and he didn't get the results he wanted. He looked up there BEFORE the 7 got down to the the area of the 2 ball...
The year of this video, Yang was the favorite in the betting lines to win it all. At that time he was the best player in Taiwan by everyone's account.
A little gossip from back then. Around that time, Yang's girlfriend was stolen by H K Hsai, another excellent but slow TW player
I think he was looking to see where his cueball was going to end up, and he already knew that the 7 wasn't going to come close to breaking out the 2. I agree that he wasn't trying to pocket the 1 in the side and break out the 2 with the 7 ball (which I think would have required an extremely accurate hit on the 7).