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Mr. Holland’s Opus
Niels Feijen of the Netherlands won his first world title — and the first for his homeland — at the Predator 14.1 Straight Pool Championships, but two interlopers almost stole the spotlight.
Story by George Fels — Photos by Jonathan Smith
Niels Feijen is exciting to watch when he’s on. His bridge is longer and his grip lower than many; his sense of fluidity and pace are better than most. Like many 9-ball converts to straight pool, he plays what experts call the “power game,” and prefers to send his cue ball through the stack rather than off it. He has the stroke to do just that, too; his break shots sound like a wrecking ball is involved.
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