Players Tour Championship Event 11 (2011) - Tom Ford ends year in glory

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Tom Ford - the 2011 PTC 11 champion
Tom Ford beat Martin Gould 4-3 in the final of this year's Players Tour Championship Event 11 to get his first ranking title this season. Ford is no stranger from winning PTC titles, last season winning PTC 3 by whitewashing Jack Lisowski 4-0.

It was back in August 2010, the PTC series was still in an experimental phase when Tom Ford won the third event by kneeling down a very dangerous opponent, Jack Lisowski 4-0. A year and a half later he's back in Sheffield and back on the winning line. Only one thing has changed - the opponent's name.

The Leicestershire man started his PTC 11 journey by hammering David Hogan 4-1 and beating both Ian Burns and Nigel Bond 4-2. His Last 16 spot was now secured so all he had to do was to keep up the good work. And so he did.

Martin Gould - the 2011 PTC 11 runner-up
A perfect 4-0 over China's Yu Delu got him a place in the quarter-finals where he defeated the double PTC winner and current UK Championship champion Judd Trump 4-1. The semis saw Ford crashing the 2006 world champion Graeme Dott 4-0, only to set up the last snooker meeting of the day with the fresh winner of Power Snooker, Martin Gould.

The final saw both lads being just one frame apart from the very first beginning until the last frame was consumed. It wasn't by all means a thrilling final, but it was a classic tactical battle of cues.
The one who broke the ice was Gould who won the opener on the black, but Ford didn't lose the opportunity to cash the next one with a break of 66 and the one after that with a 60.

Brendan Moore - the ref in charge
The balance was restored at 2-2 by Gould's series of 22 and 37, but the "Pinner Potter" didn't stop here. He cleared the table, during the 5th frame, with a great 127 to put his nose in front, 3-2.
However, 40 points later, Ford was forcing the decider, a scrappy affair, that was won by Tom with a top break of 66.

And so the 28-year-old lad from Leicestershire gets the PTC 11 title, the second ranking title of his career as a professional snooker player. A great way to end the year.

The PTC 11 trophy
On the other hand, Martin Gould has proved to be a very dangerous opponent, whose victories of 4-2 over Michael Wasley, Peter Lines and Jamie Jones brought him a Last 16 place, while by beating Simon Bedford 4-0, Michael Holt 4-2 and Anthony Hamilton 4-3 he reached the final. 

It wasn't to be his lucky day, but he has sure written his statement: that he's there for the next ranking event.

PTC 11 marks the end of the 2011 snooker events and tournaments calendar, the next stop being on January 6th, when PTC 12 Stage Two is taking place in Germany.

Below you can check last day list or results:

9am (Last 16)
143 Stephen Maguire 0-4 Mark Davis
144 Ding Junhui 3-4 Anthony Hamilton
145 Martin Gould 4-0 Simon Bedford
146 Michael Holt 4-1 Matthew Stevens
147 Mark Selby 0-4 Graeme Dott
148 Ricky Walden 4-2 Sam Craigie
149 Tom Ford 4-0 Yu Delu
150 Jamie Cope 0-4 Judd Trump

Not before 12pm (quarter-finals)
151 Mark Davis 3-4 Anthony Hamilton
152 Martin Gould 4-2 Michael Holt
153 Graeme Dott 4-1 Ricky Walden
154 Tom Ford 4-1 Judd Trump

Not before 3pm (semi-finals)
155 Anthony Hamilton 3-4 Martin Gould
156 Graeme Dott 0-4 Tom Ford

Not before 7pm (final)
157 Martin Gould 3-4 Tom Ford