Murphy Masters Brazil
Shaun Murphy won the inaugural Brazil Masters by thrashing Graeme Dott 5-0 in the final in Florianopolis.
In the first ever professional snooker tournament staged in South America, Murphy took just 64 minutes to win a battle of two former World Champions.
Sale-based Murphy picked up the trophy and a cheque for $40,000 at the Costão do Santinho Resort, to conclude the 16-man invitation event.
A break of 81 gave him the first frame and he took a scrappy second for 2-0. Runs of 54 and 70 saw Murphy make it 4-0 at the interval, and he delivered the coup de grâce in the next with a 139 total clearance.
“I got better with each match through the tournament, and played my best in the final,” said World No 6 Murphy, who conceded just two frames in his four matches.
“It’s a great opportunity we’ve been given, to go around the world playing the game we love. I’ll have very fond memories of Brazil and I would love to see this become a regular event. The people here are very enthusiastic, they have enjoyed it and I think this is a market that can be expanded.
“This is a great time for snooker and it’s very exciting to be part of it, with so many new formats and new locations.”
Murphy is now looking forward to six Players Tour Championship events before December’s UK Championship. He added: “Mark Selby and Mark Williams have been running away from the rest in ranking events so it’s up to me now to catch them up.”
Mark Selby 4-3 Stuart Bingham
Peter Ebdon 4-1 Stephen Lee
Jamie Cope 2-4 Igor Figueiredo
Graeme Dott 4-1 Mark Davis
Shaun Murphy 4-0 Sobradinho de Dues
Martin Gould 1-4 Ricky Walden
Stephen Hendry 4-1 Noel Rodrigues
Ali Carter 4-2 Steve Davis
Mark Selby 3-4 Peter Ebdon
Igor Figueiredo 2-4 Graeme Dott
Shaun Murphy 4-1 Ricky Walden
Stephen Hendry 4-0 Ali Carter
Peter Ebdon 2-5 Graeme Dott
Stephen Hendry 1-5 Shaun Murphy
Graeme Dott 0-5 Shaun Murphy