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Editor's Viewpoint

Jordan's superb victory something to celebrate



Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

To the list of Northern Ireland snooker aces, Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor, Joe Swail and Mark Allen, add the name of Jordan Brown who defied odds of 750/1 to win the Welsh Open.

He defeated the most gifted player in the world Ronnie O'Sullivan in a last frame shoot-out showing both skill and nerves of steel - and in the process earned a whopping cheque for £70,000.

Not bad for a man who five years ago was working in a petrol station to boost his meagre snooker earnings. His is the stereotypical rags to riches story and at number 81 he is the lowest ranked player in almost three decades to win a major tournament. First impressions is of a man with his feet firmly on the ground, and while it may be premature to say he has the world at his feet he now knows he can compete with the best of the green baize wizards.

We hope that Jordan can have further success and put the name of Northern Ireland up in lights again in one of the most competitive sports. Having gone from forecourt to fame he is certainly travelling in the right direction.

Belfast Telegraph