A stirring fightback from Ryan Day wasn’t enough to stop Barry Hawkins from securing the World Grand Prix title.
Hawkins, the world number 12 stormed into a 9-3 lead and in total control, courtesy of five century breaks of 114,102,129,141 and 128.
Back came the Welshman, winning four successive frames with breaks of 87, 84, 92 and 75, ultimately not quite enough.
Hawkins held his nerve and clinched the 17th frame after putting Day in trouble with a telling snooker, the black was sunk, Hawkins punched the air in delight and a cheque for £100,000 will be banked on Monday morning.
Day was looking for his first ranking title after 18 years on the professional circuit. He was very unlucky in coming up against someone in Hawkins, who right now is playing at the very top of his game.
Whenever Day made a mistake Hawkins would step in and clear up. Only coming towards the end of the match and the ultimate pressure of getting over the winning line did Hawkins show any signs of nerves.
If Day continues with this type of form it will only be a matter of time before he wins a big event.
Congratulations Barry Hawkins.