2015 Ruhr Open - German Glory for Rory McLeod

00:18:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Rory McLeod beat China's Tiang Pengfei 4-2 in order to lift this year's Ruhr Open trophy, but also record his first ranking victory since becoming a snooker pro.

The beautiful German snooker adventure started with  a 4-2 win over Craig Steadman, followed by a close victory of 4-3 by playing Jamie Jones and Mark King, continued with a 4-1 in the Last 16 against Ben Woollaston, another cracking 4-3 in front of Mark Davis and ended with a 4-1 with Mike Dunn before having to face Tian.

The final battle took place in front of a packed audience who was rewarded if not with the fastest game of snooker, at least with a genuine and heartfelt one.

McLeod was the first one in, runs of 57 and 39 winning him the opener, while a scrapping second frame was cashed by the 44 year-old player with a 41 clearance.

Tian made a very good 74 break during frame three, but Rory used a 58 to move just one away from victory.

However, this didn't make his opponent tremble so Tian used a wonderful 106 break to pull back a frame and keep the match alive.

Sadly for him though, McLeod was in the mood for winning and this was proved by a 55 break in the following (and last) frame. 

After the match Tian (who also experienced his first ever ranking final today) declared he was indeed pretty tired after playing for two days, but added that he fully enjoyed the few days spent here in Germany and expressed his intention of coming back next year.

In the winning corner, Rory expressed his delight for winning hit first ranking event and admitted that he is a very "precise" player, but also that was very relaxed throughout the entire tournament and "just played snooker".  The winning recipe, may we add?

Next, we shall be visiting the city of Haining in China for the Asian Tour Event One that runs from October 19 to 23.