Jordan Brown goes in search of history today as he takes on Ronnie O'Sullivan for the right to become Welsh Open champion.
The Portrush-based world No.81 had never previously been past the last eight in a ranking event but thumped Stephen Maguire 6-1 in Saturday's Semi-Final to continue his fairytale run.
The event has never been won by a Northern Irishman - Joe Swail was runner-up in 2009 - and Brown hopes his remarkable week will finish with a flourish.
"It's all just clicked," he said. "A final has come sooner than I expected but I've always believed I had the ability to do something in the game.
"I had some tough years and I was on the verge of quitting. I was getting up at half five in the morning to work in a petrol station.
"To think about that compared to now is very emotional."
Brown now plays the Rocket, who beat Mark Williams 6-1 in the last four to continue his bid for a record-equalling fifth Welsh Open title.
"He's the greatest ever, no doubt about it," Brown said. "It will be a showpiece occasion for everyone back home, it's just a shame I can't have friends and family here.
"But everybody is cheering me on, my phone is full of messages. I've just got to keep it up."
Brown is the lowest-placed ranking event finalist since 2007, while he has also booked his place in next week's lucrative Players Championship as a result of his run in Newport.
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