Shaun Murphy (@1.08) vs Rod Lawler (@7.5)

Our Prediction:

Shaun Murphy will win

Shaun Murphy – Rod Lawler Match Prediction | 03-10-2019 09:30

Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 103 win over Murphy in the final. In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013. Allen, however, lost 96 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final.

In the evening session, Higgins took the ninth, before Maguire made two breaks over 50 in the 10th. He continued his run with a break of 68 in the 13th, before Maguire pulled one back in the next. Higgins then made two consecutive century breaks, including a 144 in the 11th, which equalled his own highest break. In the afternoon session, Maguire took the first frame, but Higgins won the next three, compiling a 100 break in the third. Breaks of 72, 55, and 76 allowed Maguire to regain the lead, before Higgins took the eighth after Maguire missed a straightforward red to leave it 44 at the end of the first session.

The matches were best-of-9 frames until the semi-finals. Highly regarded 17-year-old Chinese player Ding Junhui, in his professional first season, won his sixth consecutive match when he beat Robin Hull 52.[10][11] The other successful qualifiers included the likes of Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, and Ryan Day. The qualifying rounds were played between players ranked lower than 32 for one of 16 places in the final stage, at Pontin's Snooker Centre, Prestatyn, Wales.

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Michael Holt, in his first season in the top 32, beat Dave Harold 52, and Mark King defeated Selby by the same scoreline. In this round, Ding took 63 minutes to whitewash 50 Malta's Tony Dragowho turned professional before Ding was bornoutscoring Drago 46373, for his first appearance in the last 32 of a ranking tournament.[11]European Open winner Stephen Maguire defeated Australian Robertson 53, while world number 48 Murphy beat McCulloch 52. The 16 first-round matches were between players ranked 1732 and those who had made it through the qualifying stage.

Qualifying for the event took place 1417 June 2019 in Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Tom Ford made the highest break of qualifying, with a maximum break, the fourth of his career, in his 61 win in qualifying over Fraser Patrick. Trump and Allen tied for the highest break during the televised stages, both scoring 141, with Trump also making 12 centuries throughout the tournament.

Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory. The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four.[18] Allen fought back to trail 36 after the first session.[18] Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two.

He had not won a ranking title since his 2001 victory at this event and had lost his previous six finals. In the all-Scottish best-of-17 final, Higgins defeated Maguire 96 for a record-equalling fourth title. Of the victory, Higgins said it was the most important of his career.

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Maguire won the first two frames on the black, the second after trailing 074 and requiring two snookers.[29] Maguire said that he played brilliant, like in practice,[28] and Hamilton said his opponent was a "proper talent".[29] Higgins defeated Hendry 52 in a low-quality match in which Higgins won the first three frames with a high break of 30. After the match, O'Sullivan attributed his success to his mentor Reardon.[28] Maguire made three consecutive century breaks from 20 up to whitewash Hamilton 50, setting up a semi-final clash with O'Sullivan. In the quarter-finals, O'Sullivan defeated Hicks 51 in a match in which Hicks made a few errors. Hendry won the next two with breaks of 66 and 58, but Higgins closed the match with breaks of 85 and 79.

Dott defeated Michael White before defeating two world champions in Stuart Bingham and John Higgins to reach the quarter-final.[16] Murphy, who had reached only the Scottish Open final in the previous season defeated Yuan Sijun 65 and Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 64 before drawing a rematch of the second round match at the 2019 World Championships against Neil Robertson. Graeme Dott qualified to play Shaun Murphy in the second quarter-final.

He reached the third qualifying round in three ranking events. Apart from that he lost a lot of matches which then proved quite costly at the end of the season as he finished ranked 73, losing his place on the main tour. He then entered the Q School and reached the semi-finals of Event 3 by beating another former professional Joe Delaney to regain his tour place for the next two seasons. The 2011/12 was a disastrous season for Lawler.

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[7] Despite this, he reached the quarter final of the Shootout, where players have a limited time (15 seconds for the first five minutes; ten seconds thereafter) to play each shot. In November 2018, after winning his first round match against Anthony Hamilton at the UK Championships, Lawler was criticised for his slow play by World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn taking an average of 39.8s per shot.

We've become engaged and we're involved with a tremendous church in Rotherham".[21][22] Two-time world champion and world number two Mark Williamswho became a father in May and had slipped to eighth in the provisional rankingsclaimed a 51 victory over Jogia in 89 minutes.[21][23] In a hard-fought contest, Stephen Lee defeated King 54.[16] The other winners were Carter, Andy Hicks, Anthony Hamilton, Hawkins, Barry Pinches, Holt, and Stuart Bingham. The winners of round 1 went through to face members of the top 16. Ding continued his run, defeating Jimmy White 51 to make the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time. Ding called the win his most satisfying to date and White commended his opponent's performance, saying, "He's dangerous and he's improved a hell of a lot this year".[14] Elsewhere, Maguire whitewashed UK champion Matthew Stevens 50, outscoring him 42768.[14] O'Sullivan extended his unbeaten run to 12 matches when he defeated Parrott 52, in a match that lasted two hours and 28 minutes and which featured a lot of tactical, disjointed exchanges.[15][16] He was not satisfied with his performance, however: "I was awfulif I keep playing like that they'll have to call the nuthouse to come and collect me".[15]1997 world champion Ken Doherty, who was ranked seventh but had slipped to fifteenth in the provisional rankings, defeated Quinten Hann 51, after Hann had smashed the red balls from his break-off shot at 04 down, from which he fluked a red and made an 89 break.[15][17]John Higgins, a three-time champion who first won in 1995, beat Drew Henry 51, and said he would withdraw from the tournament if his pregnant wife went into labour.[18][19] Hendry beat Robert Milkins 51, and dismissed suggestions that the loss at the Grand Prix had inspired him to play better at this tournament.[20] Murphy defeated world number four Paul Hunter 53 for his second last-16 appearance in a ranking event, and attributed the win to his happiness off the table; Murphya Christian since the age of 17said, "My girlfriend Claire is a wonderful woman.