The race-to-15 showdown in 8-ball which is Reyes’ forte is expected to be interesting since Murphy is a young player trying to prove himself as a professional against Reyes who was referred to by IPT Tour Director Deno Andrews as “the game’s one living legend.”
Andrews, in an email to Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today said “we at the IPT are delighted to see this match. Austin is an excellent player who is still at the beginning of his career. Efren is the game’s most celebrated player. There is no better stage in the world for Austin to try and prove himself as a professional.”
Murphy began playing pool at the age of seven and when they recognized his talent Austin’s parents put a pool table in their garage. At the age of 11 Murphy became the youngest player ever to win the Billiard Congress of America junior national championship 14 and under division in Ann Arbor, Michigan in June 2005.
Murphy who won $2,000 in the 2006 North American Open in