Nobody could say that the draw opened up for Ricky Walden at the Shanghai Masters.
To win the title, he beat Stephen Hendry, Neil Robertson, Steve Davis, Mark Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
This was some performance and the manner in which he finished off with a century having let slip a good chance to win 10-7 proved his bottle under intense pressure.
He became the 45th winner of a world ranking event and the lowest ranked player at 35th ever to beat O'Sullivan in a ranking final.
The only real surprise for those who have seen him play at the qualifiers is that it took Walden as long as this to make the breakthrough.
But what a breakthrough. He is now 17th in the provisional rankings and virtually certain to be the wildcard pick for the Wembley Masters.
Ricky has never played at the Crucible. He has never been in the top 32. He earned less last season than O'Sullivan picked up for winning the Northern Ireland Trophy.
But he's well and truly arrived now and I for one believe he has the talent to stick around near the top for some years to come.
It bears out what I said about him almost two years ago.
Watch Ricky's winning break here.