Judd Trump followed in Ronnie O’Sullivan’s footsteps by winning the second Players Tour Championship title of the season in Gloucester tonight.
Trump beat Ding Junhui in 41 minutes to secure the £10,000 first prize and will join O’Sullivan, winner of event 1, in the grand finals providing they each play the requisite amount of tournaments.
Trump follows in the lineage that includes O’Sullivan, Alex Higgins and Jimmy White: players who make the game of snooker look not only ridiculously easy but who also entertain.
His capture of the China Open and run to the World Championship final at the end of last season brought huge financial rewards, vastly increased attention and the pressure of expectation.
But for all his tongue-in-cheek ‘international playboi’ stylings on Twitter, Judd is a pretty chilled out character who is dedicated to snooker.
He has the game and the belief to continue his great stride forward this season.
PTC3 ends on the day Trump turns 22. In a snooker sense the boy has already become a man.