MARTIN Gould is the 2013 Betfair Snooker Shoot Out Champion.
The world number 19 clinched his hands on the trophy and the £32,000 winning prize after beating Mark Allen in the final of the three-day tournament held in Blackpool.
Breaks of 58 and 46 in the ten minute frame saw Gould lift his second trophy of the season after he won the second UK PTC event back in August last year.
Before beating Allen, Gould battled his way to the final with victories over Rory McLeod, Mark Joyce, Nigel Bond, Andrew Higginson and Michael Holt.
The competition sees 64 of the world’s top players battle it out in up to six rounds of one-off frames lasting just ten minutes long. The first five minutes of action sees a 15 second shotclock in operation and the final part of the match sees the shotclock reduced to just ten seconds.
Not classed as a ranking event, the competition allows players lower down the rankings the chance to get some limelight by taking on the world’s best in a much more shorter and less predictable format.
Gould, who won the Power Snooker competition last season, is the third winner of the competition joining Nigel Bond and Barry Hawkins to have lifted the trophy.
The 31-year-old told World Snooker he was delighted to win another trophy and the quicker format tournaments suit his game really well.
“It feels fantastic, It’s been a great weekend – I’m £32,000 richer and I’ve got a nice trophy,” he said.
“Winning any TV event is great, I’ll have to ask Barry Hearn to use a shot clock in all tournaments, then I might have a chance of winning a ranking event!
“I’m one of the quicker players, I’m quick thinking and I like to get on with it. I’ve got a pool background where we had a shot clock so I’m used to it..”