Mark Allen will not be the winner of this year's Betfred.com World Championship but he has been the tournament's star.
His fast, bustling style has been a breath of fresh air and the Crucible crowd has warmed to him.
My word, he gave John Higgins a scare this afternoon.
He decided to have a go from the off and looked like he might pull back to just 15-13 in arrears before missing a red early in frame 28, from which Higgins made a classy 116 break.
It could have been 16-14 but Allen missed the blue from the last red.
Nevertheless, he has proved he is a big occasion player and I'm sure will feature in plenty of big occasions in years to come.