Thepchaiya Un-Nooh finally ended his 147 hoodoo by making a maximum break at the Paul Hunter Classic – earning a possible £40,000 bonus.
Thailand’s Un-Nooh missed the final black for a 147 not once but twice last season, at the UK Championship and the qualifying rounds of the World Championship. Those two errors cost the 31-year-old a total of £52,500, but he will now bank £40,000 from the rolling prize pot for 147s at rankings events, as long as his break is not equalled over the weekend.
Un-Nooh’s magic moment came in the second frame of his last-32 match against Kurt Maflin in Germany. He potted 15 reds with blacks and cleared the colours to score the first maximum of his career. World number 33 Un-Nooh went on to win 4-1 – also making a 120 in the fifth frame – to reach the last 16 on Sunday.
His maximum is the 119th in snooker history and first of the season. Un-Nooh becomes the only Thai player other than James Wattana and Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon in the 147 club.
“I feel as if I’m flying,” said Un-Nooh. “The two blacks I missed last year were still in my head. If I had known this one was for £40,000, maybe I would have missed again. I was relieved that the black was easy. There was a lot of pressure because I have never made a 147 in a pro tournament before.”
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