World Grand Prix: Barry Hawkins beats Ryan Day to win title in Preston
- Updated: February 13, 2017
Barry Hawkins won the World Grand Prix title after surviving a comeback from Ryan Day to triumph 10-7 in Preston.
England’s Hawkins lost the opening frame, but was never behind after that and went 9-3 ahead after five century breaks – 114, 102, 129, 141 and 128.
But the world number 12 was pegged back by the Welshman, who rattled off four consecutive frames.
Day, seeking a first ranking title, was ahead again in the next, but missed a routine red and Hawkins capitalised.
“I felt so good and all credit to Ryan, he stuck in there. I was delighted to get a chance and hold myself together. I just feel relieved,” said Hawkins.
It was a third ranking title for Hawkins, 37, who picked up a first prize of £100,000.
He won the 2012 Australian Open and the Players’ Championship – also at Preston’s Guild Hall – in 2014.