Allen beats Robert­son to clinch In­ter­na­tional ti­tle in China

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Mark Allen has won the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing a 10-5 vic­tory over Neil Robert­son in China.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, who will now climb to num­ber seven in the world rank­ings, raced to a 7-2 lead in the best-of-19 fi­nal with breaks of 108, 103 and 119.

Robert­son then took the open­ing frame of the evening ses­sion be­fore a break of 121 moved the Aus­tralian to within three of Allen, and an un­likely come­back.

But a fourth cen­tury of the fi­nal (101) pro­vided Allen with fur­ther breath­ing space as he saw out the match to claim his fourth rank­ing ti­tle and the top prize of ¤200,000.

Allen also won the Masters in Jan­uary with a 10-7 vic­tory over Kyren Wil­son. at the Reg­num Carya Golf & Spa Re­sort (Ir­ish in Br­tish un­less stated, par 71) *de­notes ama­teur

– Justin Rose 65 65 69 68 (won af­ter first play­off hole), Hao­tong Li (Chn) 66 67 63 71

– Thomas Detry (Bel) 66 70 68 65, Adrian Otaegui (Spa) 68 65 71 65

– Lucas Bjer­re­gaard (Den) 70 67 66 67, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 66 69 69 66

– Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen (Den) 65 67 68 71, Tommy Fleet­wood 68 66 68 69, Danny Wil­lett 67 65 69 70

– Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 71 65 66 70, Ta­pio Pulkka­nen (Fin) 68 70 67 67, Sam Hors­field 66 67 68 71, Alexan­der Levy (Fra) 67 66 66 73

– Tom Lewis 69 63 71 70, 68 70 67 68, Alexan­der Bjork (Swe) 73 69 65 66, Ni­co­las Col­saerts (Bel) 69 66 70 68

– Andy Sul­li­van 72 68 66 68, 64 71 69 70, Matthias Sch­wab (Aut) 69 69 67 69, Pablo Lar­raz­a­bal (Spa) 68 69 68 69, Thomas Pi­eters (Bel) 75 69 62 68

– Ja­son Scrivener (Aus) 67 67 70 71, Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat (Tha) 66 70 67 72, Ju­lian Suri (USA) 67 68 70 70, Joost Luiten (Ned) 70 66 69 70, Ryan Fox (Nzl) 69 71 68 67, Dar­ren Fichardt (Rsa) 68 68 68 71, Rus­sell Knox 70 66 69 70

– Mar­cus Kin­hult (Swe) 70 70 68 68, Robert Rock 73 68 69 66, Re­nato Para­tore (Ita) 73 66 70 67

– An­drea Pa­van (Ita) 68 75 64 70, Chris Pais­ley 67 69 69 72

– Jorge Campillo (Spa) 72 69 69 68, Mikko Korho­nen (Fin) 74 71 65 68, Hideto Tani­hara (Jpn) 72 64 71 71, Lucas Herbert (Aus) 73 68 68 69, Stephen Gal­lacher 70 71 71 66, Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa) 67 71 73 67,

65 70 71 72, Lee West­wood 66 72 74 66

– Shub­hankar Sharma (Ind) 70 72 70 67, An­drew John­ston 71 70 66 72, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 65 72 72, Aaron Rai 71 71 69 68

– Matt Wal­lace 67 70 71 72, Dean Burmester (Rsa) 72 65 68 75, Trevor Im­mel­man (Rsa) 72 71 69 68, Ashun Wu (Chn) 66 71 71 72, Ash­ley Ch­esters 72 69 70 69, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 70 68 69 73, Gavin Green (Mal) 67 70 73 70 – Max­i­m­il­ian Ki­ef­fer (Ger) 70 74 70 67 – Joakim Lager­gren (Swe) 72 69 70 71, Jor­dan Smith 74 71 68 69, Lee Slat­tery 70 70 69 73

– Paul War­ing 75 71 70 67, Ge­orge Coet­zee (Rsa) 70 70 72 71

– Thomas Bjorn (Den) 73 69 71 71, Ben­jamin He­bert (Fra) 71 69 76 68, Matthew South­gate 78 70 68 68, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 74 69 68 73

– Ross Fisher 72 75 68 70, Je­unghun Wang (Kor) 70 71 74 70, Oliver Fisher 71 74 71 69, Jens Dan­torp (Swe) 72 71 70 72

– Scott Hend (Aus) 73 74 67 72, Matthieu Pavon (Fra) 73 71 69 73, Julien Guer­rier (Fra) 77 69 73 67, Na­cho Elvira (Spa) 71 72 72 71

– Soren Kjeld­sen (Den) 71 68 73 75, Bran­don Stone (Rsa) 74 70 70 73, Al­varo Quiros (Spa) 69 73 73 72 – Richard McEvoy 75 71 68 74 – Ali Al­tun­tas (Tur) 74 69 76 72 – *Taner Ya­mac (Tur) 78 79 71 71 – *Leon Acikalin (Tur) 74 79 85 83

Mark Allen: will now climb to num­ber seven in the world

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