Monday, 26 September 2011

PTC5 Day 5 - Higginson's Won First Pro Title Of 16-year Career

Well done to Andrew Higginson who won his first professional title in his 16-year career by beating John Higgins 4-1 in the final of PTC5.

Andrew Higginson won PTC5, his first pro title in 16-year career
The biggest achievements of Higginson before winning this PTC5 title would be back to 2007 - he reached the final of Welsh Open and knocking his first maximum break in the quarter-finals against Ali Carter. Higginson beaten Higgins, Maguire and indeed Carter on his road to final. However Higginson lost to Robertson 8-9 despite being 8-6 up. PTC5 is Higginson's first pro title in his 16-year career.

Higginson on Welsh Open 2007
The 33-year-old from Widnes said he is thrilled to bits: "Even though it's not one of the big ranking tournaments, there were 200 players in it including all the big names, so to be the last man standing is a great achievement. Especially to beat John, the World Champion and best all round player in the game, in the final. He wasn't at his best but I'll still take it.

Higginson was rewarded 2000 ranking points for the first prize as well as 10000 pounds. This puts his provisional ranking closer to the top 16. The next cut-off points which will be after PTC6 in Poland which held next week. Top 16 Players can be seeded to play the two of the biggest tournaments in the year, UK Championship and The Masters.

"Getting into the top 16 is one of my main goals," added Higginson. "There are six or seven other players fighting for it and I had to win this to give myself a chance. I'm in the mix now and we'll see how it goes next week. But if I don't make it this time then at least I'm getting close to it."

Runner-up John Higgins
Higginson defeated Higgins by 4-1 with 78 and 63 after ending thrilling run of Jack Lisowski in the semi-finals. Lisowski won four consecutive deciders to move to the semi-finals before losing 1-4 to Higginson. The runner-up Higgins convincingly defeated Ryan Day in last 16 and Neil Robertson in quarter-finals. The big victories will help to push Higgins play better in the coming tournaments.

PTC5 Results on Sunday, September 25


Round four

113. Jack Lisowski 4-3 David Gilbert
114. Jamie Burnett 4-2 Anthony Hamilton
115. Joe Perry 2-4 Dave Harold
116. Ian McCulloch 0-4 Andrew Higginson
117. Li Yan 3-4 Neil Robertson
118. John Higgins 4-2 Ryan Day
119. Michael White 3-4 Barry Hawkins
120. Martin Gould 1-4 Michael Holt

Not before 1pm


121. Jack Lisowski 4-3 Jamie Burnett
122. Dave Harold 2-4 Andrew Higginson
123. Neil Robertson 1-4 John Higgins
124. Barry Hawkins 4-2 Michael Holt

Not before 4pm


125. Jack Lisowski 1-4 Andrew Higginson
126. John Higgins 4-1 Barry Hawkins


Not before 7pm

127. John Higgins 1-4 Andrew Higginson


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