Ireland’s Michael Judge came from behind to beat Jimmy White 4-2 and claim the 2019 UK Seniors Championship in Hull on Friday.
In an entertaining and often high-quality affair, Judge managed to seal a maiden success on the World Seniors Tour.
White opened the showdown with a terrific 101 century break, only for his opponent to respond in kind courtesy of a tournament-high run of 114.
While the “Whirlwind” regained his lead after a scrappier third frame, it was Judge who finished the stronger by rattling off the last three frames for a memorable victory.
The key point came in the fifth frame when the scores were tied at two frames apiece and Judge pinched a 3-2 lead on the black after White had constructed a break of 69.
In the end, the Dubliner eased beyond the winning line with a break of 54 proving enough to complete the 2019 UK Seniors Championship win.
White had been the pre-tournament favourite following his three prior glories this year that culminated in a second World Seniors Championship triumph in August, and he came close to adding to his record haul of five victories on the World Seniors Tour.
But Judge is deserving of the silverware and the close final was a fitting conclusion to an event that boasted several tight affairs.
Few understood that more than the Dubliner, who recorded dramatic 3-2 defeats of Willie Thorne and Stephen Hendry in the earlier rounds.
It was always likely that Judge would perform well on this tour and it will be interesting to see how many crowns he can gather now that his confidence is high.