It may be the 41st edition of the billiards U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, but it is the first since the passing of the tournament founder Barry Behrman.

Behrman turned the championship into one of the biggest billiards events of each year. The world class field includes 160 players from 27 different countries.

The "Open" runs through this Saturday at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk. The finals are 7 pm Saturday night.