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Fu Solid as a Rock in Gibraltar

Marco Fu captured his maiden European Tour title with a 4-1 victory over Michael White in the final of the Gibraltar Open on Sunday.

Marco Fu
Fu had placed runner-up in two ET events before, without winning – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

It caps a wonderful weekend for the 37 year-old as he adds the €25,000 winner’s cheque to the £3,500 he already bagged for compiling his fourth ever 147 break.

Fu was briefly troubled in his opening bout of the final day, a last 16 tie with Belgium’s Luca Brecel in which the Hong Kong player prevailed 4-2.

But nobody was to get as near to challenging the two-time ranking event winner again as he comfortably saw off Dominic Dale and Liang Wenbo to reach the showdown with Wales’ White.

After the opening two frames of the final were shared, Fu moved one clear before a superb total clearance of 140 brought him to the brink of victory.

Fu didn’t waste his opportunity and duly notched his fourth frame to claim the spoils.

White had earlier beaten Andrew Higginson, Alfie Burden and world champion Stuart Bingham in the last four, but had to settle for the runner-up prize.

In truth, the inaugural Gibraltar Open was a pretty big disappointment.

Although they picked up somewhat as the weekend progressed, attendances were poor and especially meagre in comparison to the other tournaments on the series throughout Europe.

Conditions were also dreadful with a construction site hammering away loudly next door and an airport runway overhead leading to completely unnecessary distractions for the players competing.

It seems that not a lot of research or promotion was performed for the location and it is concerning that the event has already been contracted for three years.

Still, Marco Fu wont mind too much and he’ll now be in positive spirits ahead of the festive season.

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