Sunday, 20 March 2011

Merit leader Murphy lands top PTC prize

I always like to see consistency rewarded in sport.

That's why it was fitting to see Shaun Murphy scoop top prize at this week's PTC Grand Finals event in Dublin.

Because after all 12 events, he led the Order of Merit.

Not only did his form throughout the series warrant him winning the title, but today he was superb too.

He whitewashed both Matthew Stevens and Martin Gould as he steamrolled to the £60,000 winners cheque.

As usual his long potting gave him the cutting edge as he rattled in two classy performances.

It was also fitting to see Murphy the victor because his Irish genes made him a popular champion with the home crowd, who witnessed their first snooker ranking action in more than six years.

Tonight's scoreline was perhaps harsh on Gould, but he can take heart from appearing in his first televised final.

Gould has been another consistent performer in the PTC series, and most notably came through a gruelling semi-final with Mark Selby 4-3 to earn a place in the showpiece and vital ranking points as he pursues a place among the world's top 16.

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