Shaun Murphy followed up his win in the Gdynia Open with victory in Group Five of the Championship League in Crondon Park on Tuesday.
It took the Englishman almost three years to capture his latest silverware when he emerged victorious in the eighth European Tour event of the season in Poland on Sunday.
However, he took a big step towards adding to his collection a lot sooner this time around by qualifying for the Winners Group next month.
Murphy showed no signs of fatigue from his exploits at the weekend, where he also fired in his second maximum break of the campaign, and won his first four round-robin encounters.
Although he lost his final two games, he did more than enough to reach the semi-finals where he overcame Welshman Ryan Day 3-0.
In the final he saw off Shoot-Out champion Dominic Dale 3-1 with breaks of 59, 97 and 72.
Murphy joins Ricky Walden, Joe Perry, Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire in the Winners Group, with two more groups to be decided before that takes place.
The overall champion of the Championship League will receive an invite into the lucrative Champion of Champions next season.
Welsh duo Dale and Day progress to today and tomorrow’s Group Six and they will be fighting for the penultimate place alongside Marco Fu, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Michael Holt and Martin Gould.
Eliminated from the fifth group were worlds no.1 and 2 Neil Robertson and Mark Selby.
Australia’s Robertson, who celebrated his 32nd birthday, still played well enough to add to his glittering centuries tally for this season.
The UK champion is now on 86, more than double his nearest challenger, and it is surely only a matter of time now before he becomes the first player ever to record the ton of tons in a single campaign.
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