Alex Higgins International Trophy - PTC8 2011
October 20-23 - Killarney Convention Centre, Ireland
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It was Neil Robertson's second PTC title of the season having only won the PTC6 title in Warsaw, Poland a three weeks ago. It was even more impressive for the 2010 World Champion that he only conceded just six frames in the seven matches he won at the event in Killarney, and finished it with a comfortable victory over China Open champion Judd Trump.
Neil took the a scrappy first frame on the colours, then Judd levelled the match in the second with a top run of 39. Neil then knocked in a well controlled 76 break to take the 2-1 lead. In the fourth frame it went all the way down to the final three colours, Judd unfortunately knocked the pink over the top corner and Neil slotted it in for 3-1.
A high qaulity 65 break was more than enough to secure the fifth frame and take the Alex Higgins International Trophy and the 10,000 Euro top prize. Only fitting that the 'International Trophy' was won by Australian born Neil as he has become the most successful player from outside the UK and Ireland in Snooker history.
It also now means that Neil has won eight out of eight finals carrying ranking points, including six major ranking event finals. This is an incredible record and shows why he will be one of the favourites going in to the UK Championship and Masters in the next few months.
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Neil said this after the match;
"It wasn't the best final but my safety was good and I did what I needed to. Up until the final I played really well. Last season I was crashing out in the first or second round of most of the PTC events so it's great to have won a couple now. My form is looking good with the UK Championship and the Masters coming up.
"I've practised harder than ever this season and I am very solid, even when I'm playing badly. The player who won the world title is gone and I'm a much better player now."
Robertson, who goes top of the Order of Merit ahead of Ronnie O'Sullivan, also gave his opinion on the PTC events, adding: "You won't hear me saying many negative things about them because they are important in terms of promoting the game overseas. Of course we would like to be playing for higher prize money, but if they grow into events with sponsors and TV money then we will benefit." - Quotes: World Snooker
The next PTC event is PTC9 in Antwerp, Belgium from November 10-13. Congratulations once again to Neil Robertson, Alex Higgins International Trophy snooker champion!
Neil Robertson - Alex Higgins International Trophy Champion (PTC8) 2011