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Mark Allen dedicates Bulgarian Open title to home town pal David McKee

ByStaff Reporter

Published 09/11/2015

Winner: Mark Allen claimed the Bulgarian Open title
Winner: Mark Allen claimed the Bulgarian Open title

Mark Allen dedicated his Bulgarian Open title success to Antrim pal David McKee.

Allen beat old foe Ryan Day 4-0 in the final in Sofia to secure his first title in 15 months - and with it €25,000 and a place in the Champion of Champions event in Coventry, the 29-year-old facing Barry Hawkins on Friday.

The Ulsterman tweeted: "Massive thank you to everyone for their kind messages!! Bulgarian Open champ!! Sounds good. This one was for @DavidMckee1895 happy birthday."

Breaks of 65 and 76 put him 2-0 up on Welshman Day and he made a 56 in the next before securing it on the final pink.

Day had chances in frame four but couldn't take advantage and Allen cleared from yellow to pink to secure the title.

"I'm very happy to get another tournament win under my belt," Allen (pictured) said.

"To win 4-0 in the final is a good way to do it and shows my game is in good shape.

"I haven't been happy with my performances this season even though I've been winning, but now I'm getting closer to where I want to be.

"To get a place in the Champion of Champions is a massive bonus and I'll be going into next week with a lot of confidence."

Two-time ranking event winner Allen had a disappointing 2014/15 season but has since been reunited with coach and mentor Terry Griffiths and had shown signs of a return to form in reaching the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters and quarter-finals of the International Championship.

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