Hong Kong’s Marco Fu made a maximum break on the opening day of the Dafabet Gibraltar Open World Snooker tournament being played this weekend on the Rock. Fu made the maximum break yesterday during his last 64 match against Sam Baird. He made the break in the fifth frame to go 3-2 up and went on to make an 83 in the next to seal the match. It’s the fourth 147 of his career, making him the only player other than Ronnie O’Sullivan (13), Stephen Hendry (11), John Higgins (7), Ding Junhui (5) and Shaun Murphy (4) to make more than three official maximums. Fu also made one at the Masters earlier this year.
Gibraltar is hosting for the first time the fifth professional snooker tournament of this season’s Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour series taking place at the Tercentenary Hall with the finals tomorrow. This is a series of six events, with the others being staged in Latvia, Germany, Bulgaria and Poland. The top 24 on the final Order of Merit will qualify for the Players Championship in March. The tournament is supported by the Government is receiving extensive live coverage from Eurosport. See page 3. Pic: Johnny Bugeja
Yesterday’s perfect break earned the world number 14 a bonus of £3,500 from the rolling pot for maximums at Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour events, providing the 147 is not equalled during the tournament.
It’s the 116th maximum in snooker history and second in five days following Neil Robertson’s 147 in the UK Championship final.
Two-time ranking event winner Fu said: “It’s a great feeling to make a 147, and every snooker player’s dream. I felt relaxed throughout the break, I had the white ball under control and I was never in much trouble. Hopefully I can win a few more matches in this tournament and qualify for the Players Championship.”
The tournament closes tomorrow.