Martin Gould was the winner of the second UK Players Tour Championship title after winning a dramatic final, 4-3 against Stephen Maguire, who won the first a few weeks ago.
This is Gould’s first title carrying ranking points and helps him to retain his top 16 seeding.
It was the 2011 PTC series which was crucial in Gould joining the top 16 in the first place. He reached the Grand Finals but, by the time he knew what was happening, he’d lost 4-0 to Shaun Murphy.
Gould worked hard and played well to join the top 16 but, once there, his form collapsed.
He perhaps struggled to make the mental adjustment. Having spent so long trying to become a member of the elite, his mindset changed to being worried he would drop out again.
Gould is popular with snooker fans because he is down to earth. He is a fan of the game and loves being part of the circuit.
His deadpan demeanour is not reflected in his playing style. He has plenty of flair and is a fiercely talented potter.
Last season, he won Power Snooker, a breakthrough of sorts. It is unclear if he will ever defend this title. Power Snooker organisers told anyone who would listen that there would be a press launch for its new season in May. It is now August and nothing has happened. Their official website isn’t encouraging.
But Gould has now made a significant breakthrough in proper snooker, because hopefully this win will give him that edge of confidence he was seeking and he will start to believe that he deserves to belong in the top 16.
Gould has been working with Steve Feeney of SightRight, a coaching method which has paid dividends for several other players.
With greater confidence on his own technique and a tournament win under his belt, it seems likely he will return to his former role of dangerman.
In the midst of Gould’s success it was announced yesterday that the SWSA in Gloucester will not be hosting World Snooker events following the conclusion of PTC4 this season after what appears to be quite a big fall-out. I will blog about this, but only after finding out what actually lies behind it.