Kyren Wilson won his second major ranking event of his career after he came back from behind to win the Paul Hunter Classic final.
The new world number eight has become a so called nearly man in recent times, losing in finals and semi-finals on the biggest stage, but he finally got to take home a trophy on Sunday night after victory against Peter Ebdon.
Wilson came back from 2-0 down to defeat the former world champion to lift the season’s third major ranking event following the Riga Masters and the World Open – won by Neil Robertson and Mark Williams respectively.
The Paul Hunter Classic is named after the three times Masters champion who tragically lost his life to cancer twelve years at the age of 27.
The established tournament has been a permanent fix in the snooker calendar for several seasons now and is just one way the sport remembers its talented star who became a huge star in the game and was loved by thousands of fans.
And Wilson will travel back to the UK in high spirits after winning his second major ranking trophy of his career to date following his first triumph in 2015 when he won the Shanghai Masters.
Wilson will be a relieved man to finally get a trophy in his hands again after falling at the final hurdle on several occasions last season.
The 2017/2018 campaign saw Wilson lose the finals of the World Open, English Open and of course the Masters. And added to the mix were deflating semi-final losses in the China Open and just weeks later – the biggest event of them all the World Championship.
But Wilson managed to get over the winning line as a top break of 120 saw the Kettering potter level the final up after Ebdon’s bright start to the final.
A scrappy fifth frame went Wilson’s way before breaks of 68 and 57 saw him complete a 4-2 victory. As well as the trophy, he takes home a cheque for £20,000.
Wilson was just one of only three of the world’s top 16 players to enter the competition this year. Because of this and the lack of it being shown on a main TV channel, concerns are bound to be raised about the event’s future.
But that’s another story.
Kyren Wilson will certainly not be thinking about that at this moment.