Higgins Wins Down Under
Scotsman John Higgins lifted the 27th ranking title of his illustrious career yesterday when he defeated Martin Gould 9-8 in a thrilling final at the Australian Goldfields Open.
Gould was chasing his first ranking event win of his career and battled hard from 7-5 and 8-7 down to take the match into a deciding frame. But an 89 break at a most crucial time put Higgins across the line, and showed the class that the now 40-year-old still has in match situations.
Higgins lifted the trophy and took home a cheque for just over £36,000 which gives him the best possible start to the brand new snooker season.
Interestingly the victory also drew Higgins level with Ronnie O'Sullivan in terms of ranking event wins, both players are now on 27 with Steve Davis one ahead on 28 and Stephen Hendry out in front with 36 ranking titles.
The majority of the players will now turn their attentions to Riga in Latvia at the end of this month as they head out for the first Euro/Asia Tour event of the season.
Those that don't will be preparing for the Shanghai Masters which is the second fully fledged ranking event of the season but doesn't take place until September.