NEIL ROBERTSON shocked Cao Yupeng by profitable the final 5 frames to clinch the Scottish Open.
However it was a trick shot from the Chinese language participant – who netted £22,000 for a most 147 break within the first spherical – that can dwell lengthy within the reminiscence.
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Main Eight-7 within the 17th body, Yupeng was near a purple with no probability of a pot.
In an try to keep away from a foul for a ‘push’ – when the white ball is in touch with the cue and one other ball concurrently – he got here up with a weird shot to keep away from leaving the reds unfold for Robertson.
As an alternative of risking a push by hitting by means of the ball, he laid the cue on the desk and grabbed it by the tip.
He then lifted it up, avoiding the push and managing to go away his Aussie opponent with out a simple pot.
Dennis Taylor, a commentator who gained and 1985 World Champion, was left in amazement.
The Northern Irishman tweeted: “In 60 years of taking part in Snooker, I’ve by no means seen a shot performed just like the one Cao Yupeng performed the Scottish Open Ultimate.”
Snooker fan Matt Fletcher added: “It was a reliable shot though some purists have stated the foundations must be checked out.”
Robertson went on to clinch his first rating title for 18 months.
He let slip that Stephen Fry, a giant snooker and cricket fan, made his day all of the sweeter.
TV presenter Fry tweeted: “Are Neil Robertson and Steve Smith by any probability associated?”
Robertson scored closely in Glasgow and has lapped up the drubbing handed to England by Smith and Co within the cricket.
He stated: “It has been going fairly good in The Ashes! And I noticed the tweet from Stephen Fry asking if me and Steve had been associated with the centuries we get that was fairly cool.
“It has been nice seeing the boys getting the job accomplished.”
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Robertson, 35, racked up 11 century breaks last week and the win sees him back in the top 16.
He added: “All of a sudden, things look a lot better this season.
“Maybe I should move to Scotland or try and get more events here!
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“That is my fourth ranking title up here.”
Meanwhile, Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of his German Masters qualifier with Rory McLeod for unspecified medical reasons.
But he is expected to return for the Masters next month as he bids to add to his record seven titles in the event.