World Snooker Academy, Sheffield - November 27-30
DRAW & RESULTS - 10/11 PTC RESULTS
Michael Holt hasn't had the best of seasons, recently having failed to qualify for either the williamhill.com UK Championship or the German Masters. But the player known as the 'Hitman' (due to his often fiery temper around the table) from Nottingham managed to get the remainder of the season back on track winning the final of PTC10 tonight, beating Dominic Dale 4-2.
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Michael got off to a quick start with breaks of 75 and a 58 in the 2nd to lead 2-0. Dominic scraped through the next one to pull back to 2-1 but Michael won the next frame to regain the two frame cushion at 3-1. Dominic took the 5th to reduce his assets to 2-3 behind but Michael took the initiative to win the final frame to take the match, the trophy, the £10,000 first prize and 2,000 all important ranking points.
He has often been the biggest critic of the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield but he seemed to play alright within it's cucibles today, event beating the World Champion John Higgins 4-2 in the semi-final. Showing more of his character after he won, Michael even waved to the imaginary crowd however he did get a round of applause from the two camera men!
'Im never far away from being very good or very bad," saidHolt "My attitude has been terrible recently but it was a lot better here. Maybe the shorter matches suit me because there's not enough time to lose my head.
"I'm good enough to do well in any event but my attitude has stunk at times. I haven't achieved what I should have done - I've been in the top 32 but that's not what I turned pro for.
"I've said it before, but if I can keep a consistent temperament then I've still got time to achieve a lot in the game," added Holt. "This win is for my dad, as well as my manager Dave Bramley who has stuck by me." (Quotes & trophy photo - World Snooker)
This triumph makes it Michael's second PTC win in two seasons (the first being the final one of last year, EPTC6 where he briefly ended John Higgins' winning streak) and also makes him the only player from outside the top 32 to win two of them. Lets hope he does his great talent justice and he can get back in to the top 32 and start challenging the top pros at some of the big events once again.
Hopefully if the plans are true to reduce the amount of PTCs next year but increase the prize money for each one, less events will have to be played here and hopefully more for European venues and in places in the UK such as the South West Snooker Academy and the Badminton hall in Sheffield where the world qualifiers are held.
Click here to read my interview with Michael earlier in the year.
Michael Holt - PTC10 2011 Champion