World quantity 81 Jordan Brown recorded a shocking 9-8 upset win over Ronnie O’Sullivan to win his maiden rating title on the BetVictor Welsh Open.
Jordan Brown recorded a shocking 9-8 upset win over World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to say his maiden rating title on the BetVictor Welsh Open.
Northern Eire’s Brown, who was off the tour and dealing in a petroleum station simply three years in the past, was competing in his first ever rating closing. In contrast, his illustrious opponent was taking part in within the title match of a rating occasion for the 57th time.
The Antrim cueman was a 750/1 outsider coming into this week’s occasion, the most important pre-tournament odds of any rating occasion winner in snooker historical past. His victory sees him pocket the £70,000 prime prize, together with the Ray Reardon Trophy.
Brown is Northern Eire’s fourth winner of a rating title, following within the footsteps of Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor and shut pal Mark Allen.
World quantity 81 Brown additionally turns into the bottom ranked participant to elevate rating silverware since Dave Harold received the 1993 Asian Open. Harold was world quantity 93 on the time.
The 33-year-old now heads to Milton Keynes for subsequent week’s elite 16-player Cazoo Gamers Championship, the place he’ll meet four-time World Champion John Higgins.
O’Sullivan, who’s a four-time winner of the Welsh Open, narrowly misses out on equalling John Higgins’ document haul of 5 titles within the occasion. The six-time Crucible king will now additionally head to Milton Keynes, the place he’ll play Ding Junhui in his Gamers Championship first spherical tie.
Brown got here into this night’s session with a 5-3 benefit. Nevertheless, O’Sullivan claimed a good opening body on the black, earlier than a run of 68 restored parity at 5-5.
O’Sullivan then hit the entrance for first time within the match, however Brown bounced again to say a tightly contested 12th and head into the mid-session degree at 6-6.
After sharing the next two frames, O’Sullivan had the primary alternative within the 15th. He didn’t benefit from it and missed the pink on 25, visibly displaying indicators of frustration. Brown pounced on the chance, to compile 56 and transfer a body away from victory at 8-7.
O’Sullivan compelled a decider with a chic run of 119. Nevertheless, Brown wasn’t to be denied and fired in a steely break of 74 to seal the title.
“It’s unbelievable. To beat the best participant of all time in a serious closing. It was an honour simply to play him,” stated 33-year-old Brown. “I simply had a relaxed method coming into at the moment. I wasn’t taking part in the opponent. In the event you simply play Ronnie, as an alternative of simply focussing on the balls it may be very daunting. I had a method to focus alone sport and it labored.
“I’m a really proud Northern Irishman, to comply with within the footsteps of the gamers which have received occasions earlier than me is an absolute dream come true.
“It’s improbable to be within the combine on the Gamers Championship. It means a lot. I feel I proved so much there at the moment, with what I did and the way I held myself collectively. I’m certain I proved to tour gamers and other people again at residence that I can play to the very highest degree.”
O’Sullivan stated: “I’ve loved each minute of that at the moment, I’ve had a improbable time. I really like Jordan, he’s an important man. I’m so blissful for him to win. He’s a improbable participant as properly. I performed alright at the moment and never many individuals beat me after I’m taking part in alright. He’s a correct participant.”
Article by WST.