Higgins weaves magic to pot top Gloucester prize
JOHN Higgins beat Judd Trump to win the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.
The Wizard of Wishaw and four-time world champions beat Bristol's Trump 4-2 in the Players Tour Championship event at the Quedgeley venue to land the £10,000 top prize.
Higgins said: "Judd missed a couple of balls in the final and I played well. It's always great to win a tournament, especially beating Judd in the final.
"I struggled at times yesterday and won three matches 4-3, the conditions were difficult so I just had to scrap through, but I played better in the final."
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Gloucester potter Michael Wasley reached the last 16 of a professional tournament for the first time, but was defeated 4-1 by Anthony Hamilton who reached the semi-finals before losing 4-3 to Higgins.
Results, last 16: Mark Selby 4 Tony Drago 3; Anthony Hamilton 4 Michael Wasley 1; Ian Burns 3 Barry Hawkins 4; John Higgins 4 Steve Davis 3; Mark Joyce 4 Dechewat Poomjaeng 2; Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 3 Judd Trump 4; Graeme Dott 1 Mark Williams 4; Ding Junhui 4 Kyren Wilson 0.
Quarter-finals: Mark Selby 3 Anthony Hamilton 4; Barry Hawkins 3 John Higgins 4; Mark Joyce 2 Judd Trump 4; Mark Williams 2 Ding Junhui 4.
Semi-finals: Anthony Hamilton 3 John Higgins 4; Judd Trump 4 Ding Junhui 1.
Final: John Higgins 4 Judd Trump 2.