Rory McLeod Wins Ruhr Open

Rory McLeod Wins Ruhr OpenRory McLeod won his first snooker minor-ranking event title after beating China’s Tian Pengfei 4-2 in the Ruhr Open final in Germany.

Rory McLeod won his first snooker minor-ranking event title after beating China’s Tian Pengfei 4-2 in the Ruhr Open final in Germany.

The 44-year-old Englishman played great snooker throughout the last day of the event beating Ben Woollaston 4-1 in the last 16 and Mark Davis 4-3 on the decider of the quarter-final to meet Mike Dunn in the semi-final.

An unexpected semi-finals as all four players had never won a ranking event before, McLeod achieved a smooth 4-1 victory over Mike Dunn and Tian Pengfei beat David Gilbert 4-3 after a thriller.

McLeod won the first two frames of the final match with a run of 57 before Tian replied with a 74 of his own to narrow the lead 2-1.

A break of 106 by Tian in the fifth frame put pressure on McLeod but a run of 55 in the sixth frame was good enough to claim the trophy and £18,750 cash prize.

“It feels great, it’s everything that I really wanted,” said McLeod. “In the final I just tried to stick in there, stay positive and not get ahead of myself. I just wanted to enjoy it because this is where I want to be.”

Rory McLeod wins his first ranking event title at the age of 44

McLeod began 2015/2016 by playing in the Australian Goldfields Open, where he beat Nigel Bond 5–2 before losing 4–5 to Jack Lisowski in the last 64.

He progressed to the last 16 at the next event, the Riga Open, overcoming German amateur Roman Dietzel 4–1, Irishman Fergal O’Brien 4–0 and Hammad Miah 4–2, but lost at this stage 2–4 to eventual finalist Tom Ford.

He reached the last 48 at the Shanghai Masters, losing to Alan McManus, and was eliminated in the first round of the International Championship, 1–6 by Daniel Wells.

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More scores from Ruhr Open:

Last 16

Mark Davis 4-2 Luca Brecel

Rory McLeod 4-1 Ben Woollaston

Mark Williams 4-3 Mark Selby

Mike Dunn 4-1 Andrew Higginson

Tian Pengfei 4-1 Shaun Murphy

Alan McManus 4-0 Dominic Dale

David Gilbert 4-2 Peter Ebdon

Barry Hawkins 4-1 Mark Allen

Quarter-finals

McLeod 4-3 Davis

Dunn 4-1 Williams

Tian 4-3 McManus

Semi-finals

McLeod 4-1 Dunn

Tian 4-3 Gilbert

Final

McLeod 4-2 Tian

 

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