Mark Selby continued his superb recent form by winning the Arcaden Munich Open in Germany, part of the Betfair European Tour series.
Selby captured the UK Championship title last month and regained the world number one ranking, and lived up to that billing by making it back-to-back titles in Munich with a 4-3 defeat of Graeme Dott in the final.
Leicester’s 29-year-old Selby also finished top of the Players Tour Championship Order of Merit, by winning the last of ten short PTC events staged around Europe and the UK this season.
Selby led the final 2-1, then Larkhall’s Dott, who was seeking his first professional title since 2007, made a break of 106 to win the fourth frame then took a scrappy 38-minute fifth to lead 3-2. But Selby rose to the occasion with breaks of 72 and 90 to win the last two frames and secure the 12,000 Euro top prize, plus 2,000 ranking points.
The line-up for the 32 players to go through to the Grand Finals at the National University of Ireland in Galway in March will be confirmed shortly, and tickets will be on sale this month.
Friday January 4
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1-4 Ian Burns
Jimmy Robertson 3-4 Dave Harold
Ricky Walden 1-4 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
Liang Wenbo 4-2 Justin Astley
Graeme Dott 4-2 Aditya Mehta
Tian Pengfei 4-0 Jamie Burnett
Matthew Stevens 0-4 Ben Woollaston
Dominic Dale 2-4 Liam Highfield
Stephen Maguire 2-4 Anthony Hamilton
Martin Gould 4-3 Rob Milkins
Neil Robertson 3-4 Kurt Maflin
Saturday January 5
Jack Lisowski 4-3 Alan McManus
Mark Davis 4-1 Liu Chuang
Mark Selby 4-1 Kyren Wilson
Mark King 4-1 Michael Wasley
Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 4-3 Liang Wenbo
Ian Burns 3-4 Graeme Dott
Ben Woollaston 4-2 Anthony Hamilton
Tian Pengfei 4-1 Mark Davis
Kurt Maflin 4-1 Liam Highfield
Dave Harold 0-4 Martin Gould
Jack Lisowski 1-4 Rod Lawler
Mark Selby 4-0 Mark King
Sunday January 6
Graeme Dott 4-3 Ben Woollaston
Tian Pengfei 4-2 Martin Gould
Mark Selby 4-0 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon
Kurt Maflin 3-4 Rod Lawler
Mark Selby 4-2 Tian Pengfei
Graeme Dott 4-0 Rod Lawler
Mark Selby 4-3 Graeme Dott