x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Wild card entrant White makes most of the break

Jimmy White scoops the million bahts (Dh108,000) jackpot in the plush surroundings of the Montiem Riverside hotel in Bangkok.

Jimmy White scooped a million bahts (Dh108,000) jackpot in the plush surroundings of the Montiem Riverside hotel in Bangkok yesterday. The former UK champion, 47, and six times runner-up in the World Championship, defeated Barry Hawkins 8-6 in the final. A three-and-half hours late night marathon was resolved when White, who only received a wild card invitation, won the last two frames after leading 6-4.

Earlier Hawkins got off to a flyer taking a 2-0 lead but once White had found his form, the contest swung one way and then the other as the two finalists went for broke. The runner-up was guaranteed 500,000 bahts but with the winner receiving double, the exchanges produced some high quality safety and break-building. The highest break was a 61 which took White into a 5-4 lead and as hard as he tried, Hawkins could not get in front again after leading for the last time at the end of the fifth frame. White had only just scraped through the group stages, with Abu Dhabi's Mohammed Shehab among those to beat him.

"I had a great chance to win the second frame but fluffed it. I'm delighted to have won here," he said. "I believe tournaments like this are here to stay." jdee@thenational.ae