Monday, June 19, 2006

Ralf Souquet wins World Pool Masters - Again!

Germany's Ralf Souquet has, for the fifth time in the tournaments history, won the World Pool Masters.

The event held in Egmond-an-Zee, Holland attracted a very partisan crowd over the three days of play.

The winner not only took home the title but also $20,000 in prize money. With five British based players in the field including defending champion Raj Hundal and snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan, it looked possible that we could again have a British winner.

It was not to be as Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan fell in the first round followed by Tony Drago (not British but based here) and Imran Majid in the quarter-finals.

This left the defending champion, also a member on the new IPT Tour, to try and win a spot in his second successive masters final. It was not to be as he succumbed to an in form Alex Pagulayan 8-1.

In the bottom half of the draw Souquet defeated 17 year-old double world champion Chia-Ching Wu 8-4 to book his place in the final.

Souquet went on to lift the trophy by beating Pagulayan 8-4.
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