Shaun Murphy beats Barry Pinches 4-0

Maguire Denies Lisowski To Take PTC Title

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Stephen Maguire won the first domestic Players Tour Championship event of the season by beating Jack Lisowski 4-3 in the final of UKPTC1 at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.

Lisowski was gunning for his first professional title and had a clear chance to win the deciding frame, but missed the final yellow off its spot. Maguire won a safety battle and cleared the colours to take the match. Victory for the 31-year-old Glaswegian is worth 2,000 ranking points as well as a £10,000 top prize.

Maguire came close to landing big titles last season, losing 9-7 to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the German Masters and 10-9 to Peter Ebdon in the final of the China Open.

He admits this is an important season for him as he seeks to win his first full ranking event since 2008, and hopes a fresh approach to the game will pay dividends.

“I came to this event with a different attitude,” said the World No 7. “I was willing to battle and play a safety game if I needed to. This season I’m going to try not to push the boat out too much. If it doesn’t work then next year I’ll go back to going for everything.

“I always start the season the same way, knowing that if I can get my name on a trophy I’ll have done well. I don’t count this in the same way as a ranking event but it gives me confidence and there are plenty of big tournaments to try to win.

“I think everyone has realised now that the ranking points from the PTC events are important. Plus £10,000 is a lot of money to be won in a weekend. It’s easy to be up for it on the final day.”

Maguire went 2-1 up with breaks of 84 and 75, Lisowski making a 70 in the second frame. The next two were shared then Gloucestershire’s 21-year-old Lisowski came from 33-0 down to win the sixth frame and force the decider. From 42-0 down, Lisowski could have cleared up, but failed on the yellow on 56.

“He was a bit further away from the yellow than he wanted to be, but he still should have potted it,” added Maguire. “Lucky for me he missed.”

Lisowski had earlier beaten flat mate Judd Trump 4-3 in the quarter-finals and two-time world champion Mark Williams 4-3 in the semis. Maguire beat Australian Goldfields Open champion Barry Hawkins 4-3 in the quarters then saw off Andrew Higginson 4-1.

The Players Tour Championship is a series of ten events, four in the UK and six in Europe, with the top 24 on the final Order of Merit going through to the Grand Finals in March. They will be joined by eight players from the Asian PTC Order of Merit.

The next event is UKPTC2 from August 8-12 in Gloucester.

Results

Wednesday July 18

4pm

Round 1
1) Adam Bobat 2-4 Alex Taubman
2) Ronnie Kralj 0-4 Reanne Evans
3) Long Wang 1-4 Thomas Wealthy
4) Robert Tickner 1-4 Hans Blanckaert
5) Alex Davies 0-4 Gary Wilson
6) Allan Taylor 4-2 Kyren Wilson

7pm

7) Ian Brumby 4-2 Harvey Chandler
8) Andrew Milliard 4-1 Brandon Sargeant
9) James Gillespie 4-0 Danny Brindle
10) Lloyd Condron 2-4 Steven Hallworth
11) George Marter 3-4 Darrell Whitworth
12) Jack Bradford 0-4 Ricky Norris

Thursday July 19

11am

Round 2
13) Richard Remelie 2-4 Lucky Vatnani
14) Callum Downing 4-1 Alex Taubman
15) Greg Davis 0-4 Sydney Wilson
16) Sam Harvey 1-4 John Astley
17) Jamie Gibson 0-4 Reanne Evans
18) Kevin Ellis 0-4 Michael Wild
19) Tahir Miah 0-4 Tom Maxfield
20) Phil O’Kane 4-0 Thomas Wealthy
21) Shane Castle 4-3 Hans Blanckaert

Not before 1pm

22) Ian Glover 4-1 Jeff Cundy
23) Marc Davis 2-4 Stuart Carrington
24) Jake Spiezick 1-4 Billy Castle
25) Toby Simpson 4-2 Ben Forty
26) Ben Harrison 4-3 Duane Jones
27) Martin Ball 0-4 Andrew Pagett
28) Lewis Frampton 0-4 Lee Page
29) Christopher Keogan 0-4 Gary Wilson
30) Anthony Harris 3-4 Saqib Nasir

Not before 3pm

31) Eden Sharav 4-2 Matthew Day
32) Craig Barber 4-3 John Sutton
33) Jordan Brown 4-1 Liam Monk
34) Dessie Sheehan 1-4 Allan Taylor
35) Ryan Causton 4-0 Ross Higgins
36) Billy Brown 0-4 Ian Brumby
37) Fraser Patrick 4-1 Itaro Santos
38) Gavin Lewis 2-4 Gareth Allen
39) Jak Jones 4-2 Andrew Milliard

Not before 5pm

40) James G Gibson 2-4 James Gillespie
41) Zak Surety 4-0 Steven Hallworth
42) Callum Lloyd 4-1 Paul Ludden
43) Matthew Couch 4-3 Steve Ventham
44) Ben Jones 1-4 Andrew Norman
45) Darryl Hill 4-1 Darrell Whitworth
46) Kacper Filipiak 1-4 Joe Swail
47) Sachin Plaha 1-4 Nick Jennings
48) Christopher Norbury 2-4 James Cahill

Not before 7pm

49) Elliot Slessor 4-1 Ricky Norris
50) Oliver Brown 3-4 Gareth Green

Friday July 20

9am

Round 3

59) Michael White 4-2 Tom Maxfield
60) Alan McManus 4-0 Chen Zhe
61) Dominic Dale 4-1 Martin O’Donnell
62) Peter Lines 4-0 Phil O’Kane
63) Dechawat Poomjaeng 4-1 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
64) Jimmy Robertson v Michael Leslie
65) Anthony McGill 4-2 Jamie O’Neill
66) Xiao Guodong 4-0 Shane Castle

Not before 11am

51) Mark Selby 4-0 Lucky Vatnani
52) Rory McLeod 4-2 Callum Downing
53) Dave Harold 4-2 Daniel Wells
54) Gerard Greene 2-4 Sydney Wilson
55) Kurt Maflin 0-4 Joel Walker
56) Andrew Higginson 4-3 John Astley
57) Jamie Cope 4-3 Reanne Evans
58) Anthony Hamilton 4-2 Michael Wild

Not before 1pm

67) Ricky Walden 4-0 Ian Glover
68) Barry Hawkins 4-2 Stuart Carrington
69) Nigel Bond 1-4 Pankaj Advani
70) Michael Holt 4-1 Billy Castle
71) James Wattana 4-0 Michael Wasley
72) Shaun Murphy w/o Mohamed Khairy
73) Andy Hicks 4-0 Toby Simpson
74) Barry Pinches 3-4 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Not before 3pm

75) Robert Milkins 4-2 Ben Judge
76) Mark Joyce 4-1 Ben Harrison
77) Passakorn Suwannawat 2-4 Andrew Pagett
78) Yu De Lu 4-2 Lee Page
79) Marco Fu 1-4 Gary Wilson
80) Liu Chuang 4-2 Saqib Nasir
81) Stephen Maguire 4-0 Eden Sharav
82) Adam Duffy 2-4 Paul Davison

Not before 5pm

Round 4
115) Mark Selby 4-2 Rory McLeod
116) Dave Harold 4-3 Sydney Wilson
117) Joel Walker 0-4 Andrew Higginson
118) Jamie Cope 4-1 Anthony Hamilton
119) Michael White 0-4 Alan McManus
120) Dominic Dale 4-3 Peter Lines
121) Dechewat Poomjaeng 4-0 Jimmy Robertson
122) Anthony McGill 3-4 Xiao Guodong

Not before 7pm

123) Ricky Walden 2-4 Barry Hawkins
124) Pankaj Advani 0-4 Michael Holt
125) James Wattana 4-2 Shaun Murphy
126) Andy Hicks 4-3 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
127) Robert Milkins 0-4 Mark Joyce
128) Andrew Pagett 4-2 Yu Delu
129) Gary Wilson 4-0 Liu Chuang
130) Stephen Maguire 4-1 Paul Davison

Not before 9pm

Round 5
147) Mark Selby 2-4 Dave Harold
148) Andrew Higginson 4-2 Jamie Cope
149) Alan McManus 4-3 Dominic Dale
150) Dechewat Poomjaeng 4-2 Xiao Guodong
151) Barry Hawkins 4-2 Michael Holt
152) James Wattana 4-2 Andy Hicks
153) Mark Joyce 0-4 Andrew Pagett
154) Gary Wilson 0-4 Stephen Maguire

Saturday July 21

9am

91) Steve Davis 4-2 Zhang Anda
92) Mike Dunn 2-4 Sam Baird
93) Allister Carter 4-0 Ian Brumby
94) Liang Wenbo 4-1 Tian Pengfei
95) Liam Highfield 2-4 Scott Donaldson
96) Jamie Burnett 4-3 Fraser Patrick
97) Ryan Day 4-1 Sean O’Sullivan
98) Matthew Selt 1-4 Ian Burns

Not before 11am

83) Mark Williams 4-2 Aditya Mehta
84) Stephen Lee 4-0 Craig Barber
85) Jamie Jones 2-4 Jordan Brown
86) Peter Ebdon 1-4 Rod Lawler
87) David Gilbert 2-4 Robbie Williams
88) Fergal O’Brien w/o Floyd Ziegler
89) Mark Davis 2-4 Allan Taylor
90) Simon Bedford 2-4 Ryan Causton

Not before 1pm

99) Alfie Burden 2-4 Gareth Allen
100) Martin Gould 2-4 Jak Jones
101) David Grace 4-1 James Gillespie
102) Jimmy White 4-3 Tony Drago
103) Jack Lisowski 4-0 Zak Surety
104) Li Yan 4-2 Callum Lloyd
105) Stuart Bingham 1-4 Cao Yupeng
106) Mark King 0-4 Matt Couch

Not before 3pm

107) Tom Ford 2-4 Andrew Norman
108) Joe Perry 4-0 Darryl Hill
109) Graeme Dott 2-4 Luca Brecel
110) Ken Doherty 4-1 Joe Swail
111) Craig Steadman 4-2 Nick Jennings
112) Ben Woollaston 4-1 James Cahill
113) Marcus Campbell 4-3 Elliot Slessor
114) Judd Trump 4-0 Gareth Green

Not before 5pm

131) Mark Williams 4-2 Stephen Lee
132) Jordan Brown 2-4 Rod Lawler
133) Robbie Williams 4-3 Fergal O’Brien
134) Allan Taylor 4-1 Ryan Causton
135) Steve Davis 4-0 Sam Baird
136) Ali Carter 4-2 Liang Wenbo
137) Scott Donaldson 2-4 Jamie Burnett
138) Ryan Day 4-1 Ian Burns

Not before 7pm

139) Gareth Allen 4-2 Jak Jones
140) David Grace 4-2 Jimmy White
141) Jack Lisowski v Li Yan
142) Cao Yupeng 2-4 Matt Couch
143) Andrew Norman 3-4 Joe Perry
144) Luca Brecel 4-3 Ken Doherty
145) Craig Steadman 4-3 Ben Woollaston
146) Marcus Campbell 1-4 Judd Trump

Not before 9pm

155) Mark Williams 4-3 Rod Lawler
156) Robbie Williams 0-4 Allan Taylor
157) Steve Davis 1-4 Ali Carter
158) Jamie Burnett 4-2 Ryan Day
159) Gareth Allen 0-4 David Grace
160) Jack Lisowski 4-1 Matt Couch
161) Joe Perry 3-4 Luca Brecel
162) Craig Steadman 2-4 Judd Trump

Sunday July 22

10am

Round 6

163) Dave Harold 0-4 Andrew Higginson
164) Alan McManus 4-0 Dechawat Poomjaeng
165) Barry Hawkins 4-1 James Wattana
166) Andrew Pagett 2-4 Stephen Maguire
167) Mark Williams 4-0 Allan Taylor
168) Ali Carter 4-0 Jamie Burnett
169) David Grace 1-4 Jack Lisowski
170) Luca Brecel 1-4 Judd Trump

Not before 1pm

Quarter Finals

171) Andrew Higginson 4-3 Alan McManus
172) Barry Hawkins 3-4 Stephen Maguire
173) Mark Williams 4-3 Ali Carter
174) Jack Lisowski 4-3 Judd Trump

Not before 4pm

Semi Finals

175) Andrew Higginson 1-4 Stephen Maguire
176) Mark Williams 3-4 Jack Lisowski

Not before 7pm

Final

177) Stephen Maguire 4-3 Jack Lisowski