|Dates: 15-21 February Venue: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport|
|Protection: Watch reside on BBC Two Wales, BBC iPlayer, BBC Purple Button, BBC Sport web site and the BBC Sport app. Highlights on BBC Two Wales, on-line and the BBC Purple Button.|
World quantity 81 Jordan Brown grew to become the lowest-ranked participant in 28 years to win a rating title with a shock 9-8 Welsh Open victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The Northern Irishman saved his nerve within the deciding body, after O’Sullivan had levelled at 8-8 with a 119 break.
Brown, who misplaced the primary three frames of the night session to path 6-5, regained his composure to assert the Ray Reardon trophy and £70,000 first prize.
“It was a privilege to only play Ronnie in a closing,” mentioned the 33-year-old.
“I knew if I received over-awed about Ronnie I would not win so I centered alone recreation.
“I all the time believed in myself, I’ve had some darkish days however these make you stronger as a participant and an individual.
“5 years in the past I informed myself to provide snooker a correct go and it’s paying off now.”
Brown turns into the primary Northern Irishman, and lowest-ranked participant, to be topped Welsh Open champion.
He’s additionally the lowest-ranked participant to win a rating title since Dave Harold received the 1993 Asia Open.
It has been a narrative of arduous work and dedication for Brown, who was just one match away from dropping off the tour a couple of months again and was working in a petroleum station three years in the past.
He continued his exceptional kind within the match by taking a 4-1 lead within the afternoon session at Celtic Manor, Newport.
Brown, nicknamed the ‘Antrim Ferrari’, got here racing out of the blocks in his first rating occasion closing to win the primary two frames.
He appeared relaxed and decided after taking a gap body during which each gamers made errors.
O’Sullivan, made a 74 break within the third body to make it 2-1 however Brown responded with a 78 break to guide 3-1 on the mid-session interval.
Brown received the fifth body with a 107 break, however some elegant snooker by O’Sullivan adopted as he reeled off breaks of 135 and 121 to win the sixth and seventh frames to scale back the deficit to 4-3.
The Northern Irishman, nevertheless, claimed body quantity eight to guide 5-3 on the finish of the afternoon session.
O’Sullivan got here out within the night session wanting centered and took the ninth body to scale back the deficit.
He quickly levelled the match at 5-5 after making a 68 break, then went in entrance, taking the following body with a break of 61 after Brown had missed a purple to the centre left pocket.
Body 12 was a tense battle however Brown held his nerve to stage again at 6-6 earlier than the mid-session interval.
A peaceful Brown took benefit of a annoyed O’Sullivan to take the thirteenth body, however the skilled Englishman responded with an aesthetic 57 break – together with 9 blues and one yellow – to stage the match at 7-7.
O’Sullivan missed the pink with 25 factors on the board at hand Brown the prospect to steal the following body, which he did with a 56 break.
Nonetheless, the world champion fought again with a 116 break to make it 8-8 and pressure a closing body decider.
Brown saved his cool within the deciding body, regardless of an early fluke from O’Sullivan, to be topped Welsh Open champion.
“I’ve loved each minute of it,” mentioned O’Sullivan.
“Jordan is a superb man and I am so completely happy for him to win.
“I fluked the purple within the closing body and I may see the frustration in his eyes and that will have been a horrible approach to win.
“I performed all proper and never many individuals beat me once I play all proper – however I could not be happier for him.”