Antrim’s Jordan Brown completed one of snooker’s greatest ever shocks last night, as he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the Welsh Open.
The 33 year old held his nerve to win 9-8 against the world champion in the final at Celtic Manor.
The world number 81 is the lowest ranked player to win a ranking event title for 28 years on the professional tour.
He was 750/1 to win the tournament before it began and becomes the first Northern Irishman to taste success in Wales.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, he said:
“It feels unbelievable, and it’s not going to sink in for a while. I have always believed in myself, but I just never thought this would happen” said Brown.
“I knew my game was good enough, because whenever you’re in and scoring, taking your chances, it doesn’t matter who is in the other chair”.
“If I’d played Ronnie instead of the table I think I’d have got beaten today — he’s so good. He can bully and steamroll over you, so I just had to stick to my guns and do what I had to do.”
Northern Ireland’s Jordan Brown wakes up this morning as the Welsh Open champion
He was a 750/1 outsider at the beginning of the tournament
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— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) February 22, 2021