Maguire clinches Snooker Tour C’ship title

LONDON (Xinhua) – Stephen Maguire beat Mark Allen 10-6 to win the Snooker Tour Championship on Friday.

Maguire replaced Ding Junhui for the event in Milton Keynes, as China’s top player decided to pull out of the competition to avoid extensive travel from China to the United Kingdom (UK).

The 39-year-old Scot ended his seven-year ranking title drought by beating Allen in the final with the highest break of 139 in the ninth frame.

“To win this tournament, with the best players in the world, over a longer format is unreal. It is amazing that I am the last man standing,” Maguire told the World Snooker Tour website.

The competition, which features the top eight players on the one-year ranking list, is the first ranking tournament since the snooker season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maguire is ninth-placed in the one-year ranking list but got the chance to compete in the tournament after fifth-placed Ding withdrew.

Maguire ousted world number one, Judd Trump, in the semi-finals after beating Australian ace Neil Robertson in the first round.

“If I’m not confident going into any tournament after that, then there is something wrong with me. I’ll go back, take a few days off and look forward to practicing for Sheffield.”

Stephen Maguire of Scotland. PHOTO: XINHUA