Barry Hawkins fought back from the brink of defeat to overcome reigning champion Kyren Wilson and claim the Paul Hunter Classic title on Sunday.
The annual pro-am, this year controversially downgraded from ranking event status to a mere invitational featuring just 16 players, was once again staged at the Stadthalle in Furth.
Despite its shortened guise, the tournament was still well supported with a big crowd turning up to support the action in Germany.
Hawkins began his bid for a maiden Paul Hunter Classic title on Saturday with a 4-1 triumph over Gary Wilson in which the 40 year-old compiled a brace of century breaks.
Notable contributions were at a premium as Hawkins followed that up early on day two with another 4-1 success against Mark King.
Hawkins survived a tough semi-final clash – prevailing after a topsy-turvy battle with Joe Perry, another fellow Englishman, went the distance.
But the former World Championship and Masters runner-up saved the miracles for the final.
With Kettering’s Wilson only a couple of balls away from defending his Paul Hunter Classic title, the 27 year-old broke down on 57.
A 41 clearance helped Hawkins to force a decider, which he duly won with the help of a timely run of 69.
Congratulations to Barry Hawkins who wins the 2019 Paul Hunter Classic beating Kyren Wilson 4-3 in the final.
— Adam @SnookerInfo (@SnookerInfo147) August 25, 2019
Hawkins told World Snooker: “It was a strong field and it’s tough to win any tournament.”
“To win a title early in the season puts me in good stead. In spells during the weekend I played really well and scored well.
“There are two big tournaments coming up in China so hopefully I can keep this form going.
“I was feeling tired in the final, it was a bit scrappy. It was a huge frame to go 3-3 because I thought it was game over.
“I potted a good long red and managed to clear up. Then in the last frame I held myself together.
“The fans here are some of the best in the world, it’s always a great atmosphere.”