Stephen Maguire has become the final winner of a regular PTC event this season with a 4-2 victory against Joe Perry in tonight’s final of the PTC12 event in Germany. The win not only confirms Stephen’s place at the PTC Grand Finals in Galway, but is also enough to secure him the final top eight place in the final Order of Merit…
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Having battled his way through against Stephen Hendry in the day’s second semi-final earlier this afternoon, Stephen Maguire began this evening’s final in scintillating form, a break of 105 in the opener when on a maximum attempt followed by a further break of 77 enough to see him into a 2-0 lead in seemingly no time.
To his credit however, Joe Perry was not in bad form himself, breaks of 63 and 75 either side of another 93 from Maguire enough to keep him in contention at 2-3 as the match entered its sixth frame.
That was to be the final frame however as Stephen was able to get in with a further break of 62 to seal a 4-2 victory and his first PTC title, one that also confirms his place inside the top eight of the Order of Merit ahead of the Grand Finals in Galway.
It is the perfect end to an excellent week for Maguire who now heads into the Wembley Masters with a useful confidence boost and his first ranking silverware since the 2008 China Open. For Joe meanwhile it will have been disappointing to lose the final but overall it has been another good tournament for him and one that cements his place inside the top 32 at the current rankings cut-off.
Perhaps more importantly, it has been another positive week for snooker in Germany, despite the reduction of the tournament to a last 16 event following problems with the venue in Munich. Indeed with the reduction in matches perhaps this has even helped the event, allowing each match to be televised and the paying spectators the chance not to miss a ball potted. Lessons to be learned perhaps?
The event also marks the second mid-season seedings revision, the new list being available to view at the usual link here. The seedings following the Welsh Open on this list will be used to determine the seedings for the 2012 World Championship.
The final seedings list following this event which will determine the seedings for the Welsh Open, World Open and China Open tournaments can now be found here.
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