Fine moment as McLeod wins in Germany

Rory McLeod
Rory McLeod

Wellingborough’s Rory McLeod won a title carrying ranking points for the first time as he claimed the Ruhr Open title in Germany.

The world number 61 beat Tian Pengfei 4-2 in what was a surprise final line-up at the season’s third Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour event.

The 44-year-old, who is snooker’s only black professional, collected the 25,000 eruos top prize with his only previous pro title coming at the qualifying event for the Masters in 2009.

McLeod went 2-0 up in the final with top breaks of 57 and 41 before China’s Tian, playing in his first pro final, pulled one back with a run of 78.

Frame four went to McLeod thanks to a break of 58 then Tian hit back again with a superb 106. But McLeod was not to be denied as he sealed victory in frame six with a top run of 55.

“It feels great, it’s everything that I really wanted,” said McLeod.

“In the final I just tried to stick in there, stay positive and not get ahead of myself. I just wanted to enjoy it because this is where I want to be.”

Earlier in the semi-finals, McLeod beat Mike Dunn 4-1 while Tian edged out David Gilbert 4-3.

The Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour is a series of six events across the continent, with the top 24 on the final Order of Merit to qualify for the Players Championship. The next event is the Bulgarian Open in Sofia from November 4.