Tom Ford won his second PTC title and the first on television with his 4-3 defeat of Martin Gould in the 11th tournament of the series in Sheffield last night.
It wasn’t a great final but it was a confidence boosting achievement by Ford, a player who has long threatened to break through in a big tournament.
In fact he has nurdled his way up into the top 32, a position he has consolidated with wins in the qualifiers and now has the PTC grand finals to look forward to.
Ford beat Judd Trump and Graeme Dott en route to the final and in the end he finished off well in the decider.
There were the usual online sneers and snipes at the event from people whose main contribution to the sport seems to be to run it down and look only for negatives.
Yes, it was a rather low key affair but it was never originally intended to be played in Sheffield. It was a fallback which ensured television coverage.
And Eurosport’s figures on Saturday were extremely high, which proves that there is a great appetite for any sort of snooker and that the more tournaments that are shown, the more this appetite remains.
Trump is bringing people to the sport, of that there is no doubt. Whenever he plays the figures go up.
But it also seems to be true that viewers want to watch snooker and that who is playing does not necessarily matter.
This has been one of the positives of the PTCs: it has illustrated the strength in depth which exists in the game.
Ford was not among the favourites at the start of play but he took his chance and well done to him.