In capturing the third Players Tour Championship title of the season in Sheffield tonight, Ben Woollaston has made the breakthrough that his talent has long threatened.
The 24 year-old hails from Leicester, a snooker hotbed that has produced the likes of Willie Thorne and, more recently, Mark Selby and Tom Ford.
Woollaston is a contemporary of these latter two and has watched Selby become one of snooker’s leading lights and Ford win a PTC last season.
Now Woollaston has made his own significant step forward and what a moment it is for him, winning a tournament that included all of snooker’s top stars.
Graeme Dott started the final favourite as a former world champion, tough-as-old-boots match-player and someone who had already removed Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and John Higgins from the tournament.
He seemed to hold the upper hand after scrapping out the third frame to lead 2-1 but Woollaston got his head down and won the last three frames for a memorable victory.
Earlier this year he got married to a woman from Belarus, a referee in fact.
Maybe this new found stability and maturity has helped his snooker. With a family to provide for, maybe it has focused his mind.
The other woman in his life, his mother, Joy, will also obviously be delighted, having accompanied him to so many tournaments through his junior and professional days.
Joy is certainly the word for the Woollastons tonight. Well done to Ben.