Costão do Santinho Resort, Brazil
15-18th September 2011
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Snooker Brazil Masters 2011 - The Final
It was the first ever professional snooker tournament to be held in Brazil and Shaun Murphy didn't wait around in winning the final against Graeme Dott. Both players are former world champions but Murphy won the match in just over 64 minutes to take home the $40,000 grand prize and the trophy.
A break of 81 gave Shaun the first frame and he managed to win the next one which was a more scrappier affair to lead the match 2-0. Breaks of 54 and 70 gave Murphy a commanding 4-0 lead going in to the interval.
Graeme needed to perform a miracle to stand any chance of coming back but he didn't even get a chance in the final frame where Murphy pulled out a fantastic 139 total clearance to win the frame, match and also the $2000 high break prize which Brazil's Igor Figuieredo had held with his 114 since the start of the tournament.
Shaun had this to say after the match;
"I got better with each match through the tournament, and played my best in the final," said World No 6 Murphy, who conceded just two frames in his four matches.
"It's a great opportunity we've been given, to go around the world playing the game we love. I'll have very fond memories of Brazil and I would love to see this become a regular event. The people here are very enthusiastic, they have enjoyed it and I think this is a market that can be expanded.
"This is a great time for snooker and it's very exciting to be part of it, with so many new formats and new locations."
Murphy is now looking forward to six Players Tour Championship events before December's UK Championship. He added: "Mark Selby and Mark Williams have been running away from the rest in ranking events so it's up to me now to catch them up."
(Quotes courtesy - World Snooker)
Overall it has been an entertaining tournament to watch, throwing in some of the top pros with legends such as Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and the Brazil wildcards has mixed things up a bit. It was still incredibly disappointing not to see the other big stars there such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and John Higgins but maybe it will be a wake up call to them after seeing how much the boys enjoyed it here.
The crowds were bad to start off with but picked up much better towards the end and it was nearly packed out for when Davis and Hendry were playing. I believe that if you held a full ranking event in one of Brazil's capitals such as Sao Paulo or Rio that you could sustain decent crowd levels as there seemed to be plenty of interest in this resort miles away from the cities.
Once again, congratulations to Shaun Murphy, the 2011 Snooker Brazil Masters champion!
Shaun Murphy 5-0 Graeme Dott
93-4 (81), 84-35, 72-21 (54), 79-0 (79), 139-0 (139)