Ronnie O’Sullivan 2-3 Judd Trump
0-92 (86), 134-0 (134), 119-0 (119), 35-61, 0-103 (73, 30)
Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-0 Matt Selt
76-22 (76), 86-0 (45, 41), 66-61 (O’Sullivan 34, Selt 51)
Mark Williams 2-3 Judd Trump
25-60 (35), 112-3 (108), 4-102 (102), 89-0 (89), 0-92 (92),
WEST COUNTRY potter Judd Trump won his third Championship League Snooker title in the nine years of the event as he came from behind to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-2 in an exciting conclusion to the internet only event.
Trump was a winner in 2014 and 2009 and proved the better man over the final two days as he beat Mark Williams in the semi-final and then O’Sullivan to take the glory. O’Sullivan has looked in unstoppable form since resuming his career earlier this year with wins at the Masters and Welsh Open and didn’t do much wrong in a rare visit to Championship League.
Trumps win bagged him a total tournament prize of £20,400 as well as a spot in the exclusive big money Champion of Champions event which takes place in November.
“Championship League really suits my game; it is a tournament where I can relax and if you lose in the group stage you have other games,” commented Trump.
“I need to take that mentality into other events and I will be a lot better player. It seemed to be slipping away at one point when I missed a few balls but it was a good break in the last frame.
“I didn’t play particularly great over the last few days but it is pleasing to win against some of the top players in the world. It gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the World Grand Prix where hopefully I can defend my title.
“You need a bit of luck to win tournaments and I haven’t quite had that. I hadn’t won a tournament yet so it is a big one for me to get into the Champion of Champions.”
Taking place at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex, Championship League Snooker features seven players with the winner moving forward to the final all-winners group and the bottom two players leaving the competition.
The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with all matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.
Each group features seven players with each man playing the other six once in a round-robin basis. Every match is the best of five and the winner gains one point with the loser getting zero.
At the end of the league phase the top four advances to that group’s semi-finals where the two winners meet in the final and the winner advances to the Winners’ Group in March.
The losing finalist, two losing semi-finalists and player finishing fifth move into the next group where they are joined by three new players and the process is repeated.