Monday, 19 September 2011

Samba star Murphy makes history

Awesome Shaun Murphy made history in Brazil last night becoming the first player to win a professional event in South America.

The Magician was in stunning form as he took just 64 minutes to beat Graeme Dott 5-0 in the Brazilian Masters final and make sure his name is at the start of snooker's newest chapter.

It was an ice cool display in the sunny Brazilian climate, rounded off with a tournament high 139 break.

While it's always great to see the 2005 world champion in full flow, Murphy's win, in my opinion, is more a reward for his terrific attitude to the game than his vast ability.

It's been well-document that many of the sport's top stars turned their noses up at an invitation to kick start a new snooker revolution in the Samba capital.

Murphy, of course, was not one of those players.

As always, he put himself up to represent the game in a new quarter of the world  and came out of it with a landmark title to add to his CV.

And that pretty much sums up Shaun's terrific attitude to the game in general.

Big, small, in the UK or abroad, Murphy's respect for tournaments is always consistent. He is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and that's the reason he'll take his place at the top of the game for many years to come.

He's the kind of player Barry Hearn's changes were made for.

Intent on squeezing every inch of success from his talent, you can't help but admire his attitude. It's absolutely top class.

Well done Shaun!

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