Finland’s Robin Hull won the 2016 World Snooker Shoot-Out on Sunday, as he saw off Belgian youngster Luca Brecel in the final 50-36.
Sixty-four players started the single-frame tournament on Friday, with the fast-and-furious setup making for endless exciting action on the baize.
Here’s a look at a full list of results from a thrilling tournament at the Hexagon Arena, plus a prize-money breakdown and recap from the final day in Reading, England.
|Peter Lines||56-33||Kurt Maflin|
|Robert Milkins||53-38||Marco Fu|
|Mark J. Williams||70-43||Rory McLeod|
|Tian Pengfei||16-56||Joe Swail|
|Jamie Jones||1-97||Martin Gould|
|Liang Wenbo||52-60||Anthony McGill|
|Robin Hull||41-35||Craig Steadman|
|Rod Lawler||23-1||Dechawat Poomjaeng|
|Kyren Wilson||55-14||Li Hang|
|Anthony Hamilton||50-56||Thepchaiya Un-Nooh|
|Stuart Carrington||62-7||Matthew Stevens|
|Barry Hawkins||0-48||Peter Ebdon|
|Xiao Guodong||38-25||Matthew Selt|
|Oliver Lines||26-59||Ian Burns|
|Judd Trump||74-22||Gerard Greene|
|Rod Lawler||69-0||Stuart Bingham|
|Ian Burns||60-36||Thepchaiya Un-Nooh|
|Luca Brecel||46-20||Xiao Guodong|
|Zhou Yuelong||85-0||Shaun Murphy|
|Ali Carter||85-5||Peter Lines|
|Mark J. Williams||58-32||David Gilbert|
|Ryan Day||52-38||Kyren Wilson|
|Joe Swail||39-1||Anthony McGill|
|Robin Hull||70-6||Judd Trump|
|Andrew Higginson||85-10||Martin Gould|
|David Morris||43-9||Peter Ebdon|
|Joe Perry||46-38||Tom Ford|
|Jimmy Robertson||0-67||Jack Lisowski|
|Gary Wilson||62-21||Stuart Carrington|
|Mark Allen||56-61||Robert Milkins|
|Michael White||1-66||Ben Woollaston|
|Robert Milkins||102-17||David Morris|
|Ben Woollaston||31-47||Luca Brecel|
|Zhou Yuelong||36-57||Ryan Day|
|Ian Burns||21-49||Robin Hull|
|Jack Lisowski||12-72||Andrew Higginson|
|Mark Williams||42-13||Joe Perry|
|Gary Wilson||16-22||Joe Swail|
|Rod Lawler||61-24||Ali Carter|
|Ryan Day||7-78||Robin Hull|
|Mark Williams||39-20||Andrew Higginson|
|Rod Lawler||18-27||Luca Brucel|
|Robert Milkins||8-23||Joe Swail|
|Joe Swail||34-38||Luca Brecel|
|Mark Williams||41-62||Robin Hull|
|Luca Brecel||36-50||Robin Hull|
Source: ITV Sport
Source: World Snooker
Hull Pockets £32,000 in Shoot-Out
Sixteen players came into the final day of the World Snooker Shoot-Out just four frames away from the title, with the winner still something of a lottery.
Hull began his day against Ian Burns after knocking out pre-tournament favourite Judd Trump on Saturday, and he continued to produce the brilliance with a 49-21 victory, as World Snooker revealed:
His break building was nothing short of sensational in that match despite the pressure of the ticking clock behind him, although Burns had plenty of chances to snatch the match.
Brecel, meanwhile, took out Ben Woollaston to kick off his day before chalking up a hard-fought 27-18 victory over Rod Lawler in the quarter-finals.
Hull once again demonstrated his break-building ability in the last eight to secure a comprehensive 78-7 win against highly rated Welshman Ryan Day.
Brecel, Hull, Mark Williams and Joe Swail made up the last four, with the latter full of confidence after serving up an incredible last-gasp triumph earlier in the day, per World Snooker:
However, Swail couldn’t quite get the better of Brecel despite a late charge, sending the Belgian to the final for a chance to win £32,000.
Hull then endured a similar scare against Williams, who came storming back late on, but the Finn did just enough to win 62-41.
In the final, it was the Hull show. He started brilliantly and looked at ease pocketing reds and colours, with flawless ball-striking sending him into an early lead.
The pressure of the clock caught Hull out midway through a nice-looking break, and Brecel had the chance to hit back and get his nose in front.
However, the Belgian couldn’t take advantage, and after the pair exchanged blows with the shot clock going down to 10 seconds, Hull was back among the balls.
And with a smooth shot on the pink, the champion was crowned. World Snooker revealed the title-winning moment:
Following the victory, Hull admitted that he thought his slip-up in the final had cost him the trophy before saying that he'll take plenty of confidence from crossing the line, per World Snooker:
I thought my chance had gone in the last frame. Each match is just a coin flip and I got very lucky. The money helps because it allows me to keep playing and I enjoy competing, especially in an atmosphere like this. To get paid for it is a privilege. I was twitching here for two days but I’ve ended up winning and this will give me a lot of confidence.
Hull has always been an exciting player, and Sunday’s victory demonstrated that he has a great deal of composure to match his ability.
The Finn returns to action on Monday in the Welsh Open, where he takes on Hossein Vafaei in the first round. And based on his exploits in Reading, Hull could well be on for another healthy payday.