Australia's Neil Robertson fires 147 in UK Championship final triumph
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 06/12/15 11:15pm
Australia's Neil Robertson scored a 147 maximum break on his way to a second UK Championship title in three years as he held off Liang Wenbo 10-5 in York.
And although he made hard work of the final, Robertson was the class act all tournament long, richly deserving victory at the ranking event which is second only to the World Championship in prestige.
In the first UK Championship final between two overseas stars, Australian Robertson collected the £150,000 winner's cheque, plus the bonus of £44,000 for making an immaculate 147 break in the sixth frame.
It was the first maximum made in a final of any of snooker's Triple Crown tournaments; the Masters, World Championship or UK.
Robertson took this title in 2013 too, when he defeated Mark Selby, who played the compliant role of his whitewashed semi-final victim this time.
After a 6-0 victory over Selby on Saturday evening, Robertson said he would play computer games into the early hours before bedding down for the night.
He went about the perfect clearance that brought the maximum jackpot with such precision it was close to virtual-reality snooker, Robertson exercising such unflinching control over the cue ball.
The plant he made to pot the ninth red was never in doubt and the punch of the air in delight was richly deserved, as was the standing ovation from the York Barbican Centre crowd.
"It gives you such a buzz to make a 147," Robertson said afterwards.
Even Liang joined in, clapping and then hugging his opponent, who now has managed three maximums in his career, two of them in China, snooker's second heartland.
Robertson was almost on the receiving end of a 147 earlier in the tournament when opponent Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed the black off its spot as the prospect of glory saw him caught like a rabbit in the headlights.