Peter Gilchrist cues past Pankaj Advani, Rupesh Shah to pocket Glasgow Open
Glasgow: Reigning world billiards champion Peter Gilchrist outclassed former world champions Pankaj Advani and Rupesh Shah en route to his Galsgow Open triumph and register his first title of the season.
The New Zealand-born Singaporean player eased past former world champion (Points Format) Shah with a victory margin of 399 points (688-289) in the 90 minutes title clash.
Gilchrist compiled two century breaks in the final -- 180 and 106 while Shah responded with 133.
Gilchrist maintained his consistency throughout the warm-up event and had defeated nine-time world champion Advani in the semifinals by a comfortable margin.
Gilchrist, who won the world billiards title in the long-up format in 2013, also humbled reigning Asian billiards champion Sourav Kothari in the quarterfinals. He was also acknowledged for the tournament high break 474, that he made against Kothari in last-8 match.
The Indian cueists had a good run in the tournament, which is a tune-up before the World Billards Team Championship, until they ran into Gilchrist.
Gilchrist pocketed the 320 Pounds prize for winning the tournament while Shah won the runners-up prize money of 160 Pounds. Advani and Balachandra Bhaskar pocketed 80 Pounds apiece for their last-4 appearance.