Neil Robertson lost only two frames to reach the semi-finals of the Alex Higgins Trophy, demonstrated his great poise under pressure to edge Mark Allen in a decider and did a proper number on Judd Trump to secure the title.
Robertson, who has developed into a real hard match-player, dictated the style of the final from the off and managed to tame the brilliant Trump, unlike all the players the 22 year-old swept aside during the tournament, though both players struggled with conditions.
Alex Higgins was an excellent safety player, although few ever mention that. He had to be because he played in an era where safety was a key part of the game.
Robertson used to be more of an out-and-out potter but has toughened up his game over the last few years and his record in TV finals speaks for itself: played eight, won eight.
Neil always strikes me as a positive person who looks for the best in any situation. It is rare to see him let frustration get to him in the arena, all great assets for a snooker player.
As he said afterwards: “When you look at what’s going on in the world you realise there are worse things you could be doing than playing snooker.”
So the Australian wins his second Players Tour Championship title of the season and is clearly going to be a handful as the campaign continues.
Trump spoke well afterwards. He has blossomed as a player and a person since moving to Romford and standing on his own two feet.
He’s a credit to the sport not just for the way he plays but in his general conduct. Whatever anyone thinks of the structure of the tour and all of that off table stuff, there’s no doubt the game has a good bunch of lads representing it at the top level.
However, there are still many rumblings backstage about the fact that most players are losing money travelling to play in these PTCs.
That isn’t going to go away and what makes it worse is that it’s one PTC after another at the moment with no big events in between.
But that’s another issue. The night belongs to Robertson, an authentic world class talent and, even more importantly, a winner.