Players Tour Championship Event 8 (2011) - Second title for Robertson

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Neil Robertson the 2011 PTC 8 champion
Neil Robertson becomes the second player to ever win two PTC events after Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Australian, who won the 2010 World Championship, defeated the youngster Judd Trump 4-1 to conquer the Alex Higgins International Trophy (aka. Players Tour Championship 8).

If during the first round of this year's World Championship Judd Trump saw out the defending champion, it was only normal to see a "pay-back" at some point. Robertson fond the perfect occasion during this weekend’s PTC 8 from Killarney, Ireland where he hammered the 2011 China Open champion by 4-1.

Neil Robertson started his Irish journey by taking down Gary Wilson 4-1, Tony Drago 4-1 and Joe Jogia 4-0. That's how he ended up in the Last 16 where he met Martin Gould. And by looking at the scoreline (4-0) it seemed he didn't find any trouble in performing a perfect whitewash. No trouble what so ever to score yet another one in the quarter-finals, this time his victim being the PTC 3 champion, Ben Woollaston.

The runner-up, Judd Trump receiving his check

The semi-final was played against Mark Allen and was a toughy. However, the Australian managed to win the deciding frame and get a place in the final.

His opponent Judd Trump was, like him, no stranger from winning a PTC event. And also like him he was potting wonderfully well. That's how, after beating Adam Wicheard 4-3, Andrew Norman 4-2 and Marco Fu 4-0, the Bristol boy secured himself a spot for the Last 16 round.
And after a 4-0 against the "Bulldog" Stephen Lee, a 4-2 in front of the Scot Alan McManus and a 4-1 by playing PTC 4 champion Mark Selby, he ended up on a snooker date with Neil Robertson.

Robbo along with Alex Higgins' sister
The final wasn't what we would call a great one. Lot of misses and lot of wasted chances from both sides. Still, the one who made the most of his own mistakes and surely the ones of his opponent was Robbo.

Although after the first two frames the lads were all square at 1-1, Trump wasn't able to win any more frames after that. With breaks of 76, 39 and 65 Robertson froze the scoreline at 4-1 in his favour. 

After winning the PTC 6 in Poland three weeks ago, the "Thunder from Down Under" collects one more title and a very special one if I may add - the Alex Higgins International Trophy.

 The next PTC will be held in Belgium at Antwerp between November 10-13.

Below you can check last day list of results:

Last 16
113 Gerard Greene 2-4 John Higgins
114 Ryan Day 3-4 Mark Allen
115 Martin Gould 0-4 Neil Robertson
116 Dechewat Poomjaeng 1-4 Ben Woollaston
117 Judd Trump 4-0 Stephen Lee
118 Ken Doherty 1-4 Alan McManus
119 Yu Delu 1-4 Stuart Bingham
120 Barry Hawkins 1-4 Mark Selby

121 John Higgins 3-4 Mark Allen
122 Neil Robertson 4-0 Ben Woollaston
123 Judd Trump 4-2 Alan McManus
124 Stuart Bingham 3-4 Mark Selby

125 Mark Allen 3-4 Neil Robertson
126 Judd Trump 4-1 Mark Selby

8pm Neil Robertson 4-1 Judd Trump