Shaun Murphy's capture of the Brazil Masters title was an historic achievement for him as he became the first player to win a professional tournament in South America.

Murphy was awesome, whitewashing Graeme Dott 5-0 in just 64 minutes.

Dott did have a chance to win the second frame but missed the last red and, after that, weakened as Murphy grew stronger.

The 2005 world champion rounded off with a 139 total clearance, the highest break of this new event.

It's no great surprise that players such as Murphy and Mark Selby are flourishing in this new era. Apart from being great talents they also have the right attitude: embracing new events and playing as much as they can.

Murphy has a good record in these smaller events in foreign climes because he treats every tournament with the same respect.

I enjoyed this new tournament and hope it grows in the future. It wasn't perfect but new events never are.

The test will be whether the Brazilian promoters have made money and the strength of the TV figures, which will in turn determine sponsorship in the years to come.

There's no respite for the players. The Premier League pitches up in Motherwell this week and PTC5 gets going in Sheffield.

You can follow results, news and opinion on all this on worldsnooker.com, www.snooker.org and all the blogs and other sites which provide such good coverage of snooker online.

But not on this one as we are heading into annual hibernation for a week, after which we will return to the usual green baize matters of great pith and moment.


Anonymous said...

enjoy your holiday dave

top blogging!

Anonymous said...

Well done Shaun! Only bad thing about it is that he, as has been the case before, was the one who sent Hendry home and thereby crushed my dreams.

Anonymous said...

Well done Murphy :)

147 said...

Enjoy the break, well deserved.

Anonymous said...

I see Mark Allen has once again berated the Brazillian Masters and the PTC's on FB and Twitter.
Maybe a career in going to a beautiful resort and trousering 25 grand for 5 days work doesn't suit Allen.
I dread to think what his life would consist of if he'd never discovered snooker.
Unemployable springs to mind.