A New Snooker Master: The Amazing Judd Trump

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Judd Trump cruised to an astonishing 10 – 4 win over the Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan to claim his first Masters title at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The 29-year-old Ace in the Pack shot to victory by sewing up the match in the first session in the afternoon 7 – 1 before dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s in the second session to lift the Paul Hunter trophy and bag 200K.

Trump said after “it was a dream come true.”

He admitted it was his safety that had vastly improved and that it had helped him to win the title as he played some delightful tactical snooker all week in London whilst beating the likes of Mark Selby Neil Robertson and his arch rival Kyren Wilson along the way.

Trump’s Snooker CV

An under-par Ronnie O’Sullivan, who was chasing a 20th major title and 8th Masters crown managed in the second session to get the wheels turning slightly as he treated the Ally Pally crowd to two centuries before Judd did enough to get over the finish line.

The 2019 Dafabet Masters produced high-quality drama, as it does every year as fans almost witnessed China’s Ding Junhui make the 147th 147 in snooker history, but he broke down on 122 after fluking the final yellow but just falling short of the green to the middle pocket. The question on everybody’s lips now

Judd’s win will silence his critics who have been saying he has been underachieving in the game and should be winning more major titles than he has done. However, with a vastly improved safety game and his ability to pot them off the lampshades, Trump will prove to be much more of a handful at this year’s World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

No Longer A Young Pretender?

2018 and 2019 have seen two maiden Masters winner in a row as Mark Allen ticked off the Masters on his snooker CV and now Trump has crossed off this major title on his CV as well. Trump won the UK Championship back in 2011 but fell short in the same year when he reached the World Championship final when losing to John Higgins.

However, although the score line was a shock, the victory against O’Sullivan wasn’t, as the two men have endured lots of closely fought battles over the last five years. Judd has come out on top in a lot of them. He most recently defeated O’Sullivan in the Northern Irish Open in Belfast back at the end of last year.

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!