Maguire wins Group 3 in Championship League

Stephen Maguire was in good form in Group 3 of the Championship League as he emerged victorious at Crondon Park on Tuesday.

Stephen Maguire world champ 2014
This is only the third time Maguire has reached the Winners’ Group – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos

By beating Mark Selby 3-2 in the final, Maguire joins Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump in what is looking like a very high-quality Winners’ Group in March.

Scotland’s Maguire dominated the round-robin stage from the beginning, winning his opening three matches and losing just one in total to comfortably place in first ahead of the semi-finals.

In the last four, he whitewashed Ricky Walden with the help of a ton – to go along with previous runs of 139 and 138 in the event – to reach the final, where he narrowly edged the world no.1 in a decider.

Selby had beaten Welshman Michael White in the play-offs and the pair will have another crack at qualification in Group 4, along with Walden and Mark Williams, the latter squeezing into fifth place in the league right at the last minute.

They will be joined by newcomers Neil Robertson, Graeme Dott and Ben Woollaston as Joe Perry and Marco Fu were eliminated.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Snooker Shoot Out – won by Hossein Vafaei.

1. Mark Selby
2. Judd Trump
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. John Higgins
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Mark Williams
9. Zhao Xintong
10. Stephen Maguire
11. Barry Hawkins
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Mark Allen
14. Anthony McGill
15. Yan Bingtao
16. Luca Brecel

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