Granton’s Craig MacGillivray made it a “Magnificant Seven” Scottish snooker titles this season when he won the Scottish Masters National Championship yesterday, defeating Stirling’s Jim Rushforth 5-2 at The Locarno Snooker Club in Edinburgh.
MacGillivray won the first frames, but lost the next two before the former professional levelled with a 52 break. He then recovered from 50 points down to steal the next and make it 3-2. MacGillivray went on to dominate the match, making a 63 in the sixth and comfortably winning the last.
MacGillivray’s victory was his fourth out of six Masters events this season to add to his three Main Tour victories and it ensured No. 1 spot in the Masters rankings this season, as well as No. 1 in the Main Tour series, a unique achievement in Scottish Snooker history.
MacGillivray said: “It was a hard match and Jim made me work hard for my victory. If I had lost the fifth frame the match could have gone Jim’s way, so I was relieved to get in front.”
Musselburgh’s Ross Muir made a solid start to Q-school, defeating fellow-Scot Ross Higgins 4-2, which included a break of 115. However, he then lost out 4-3 to England’s Adam Wicheard in the second round. Hamilton’s Rhys Clark is the only Scot remaining in the first qualifying event after reaching the third round.