Australian Aron Sherriff (AUS) could be one to watch when the Men's singles event starts at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre on Sunday, though its not an easy task to advance from a difficult section A.
Sherriff replaces Leif Selby (AUS), who retired from international bowls in 2012. Selby took the Silver medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and also won the world championships singles event in Adelaide two years ago.
Rob Weale (WAL), the defending champion in Men's singles and has won a medal in this event at the last three Commonwealth Games. With six Commonwealth medals in six different Games dating back to Edinburgh 1986, he could become the first athlete in any sport to win a medal at seven editions of the Commonwealth Games.
Sherriff and Weale were both drawn in section A and their round-robin clash on Wednesday should be one of the highlights of sectional play in Men's singles. Sam Tolchard (ENG) has also been drawn in the same section, meaning one of the three will not qualify for the quarter-finals.
Among the other contenders, Ryan Bester (CAN) came second in Men's singles at the 2012 world championships and he will try to go one better in Glasgow. He is also skipping Canada's pairs team.
Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly won the Bronze medal in Delhi, but it will be painter Martin McHugh (NIR) who will try to get on the podium at Glasgow 2014.
Gerry Baker (RSA) took the Bronze medal in Men's singles in Adelaide, but he is competing in the pairs and fours events in Glasgow. Instead, it will be Bobby DONNELLY (RSA) who plays in the singles event for South Africa, the same event in which he came seventh at Delhi 2010, having won it at Manchester 2002.
Policeman Darren Burnett (SCO) has the home advantage and is expected to do well after much was invested in the Scotland team. He should advance to the quarter-finals after being drawn in section D.
There are 25 athletes entered in the event that begins with a four-section round-robin before the top two athletes in each section qualify for the quarter-finals.
A random draw will decide the knockout round fixtures with the Gold and Bronze medal matches taking place on Friday 1 August.
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