Brown secures the management of the primary session
World number 81 Jordan Brown took a 5-3 lead over world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan after the first session of the BetVictor Welsh Open final at the Celtic Manor Resort.
33-year-old Northern Irishman Brown is taking part in his first final this week. His famous opponent O’Sullivan is in his 56th title match in a ranked tournament.
If the Antrim-Cueman can do the job tonight, it would be one of the biggest surprises ever seen in a grand finale. By winning for O’Sullivan, he would set a record equal to the fifth Welsh Open title to draw level with John Higgins.
Brown, a 750/1 underdog earlier in the week, looked calm and serene early on as he took the first two frames 2-0 up. After a break of 74, O’Sullivan got his first frame on the board the next before Brown shot in a run of 78 and led 3-1 in the middle of the session.
When the game resumed, an impressive contribution from 108 helped put Brown 4-1 ahead. The missile then roared back, pausing 135 and 121 to move within a frame.
It took Brown decisively the last afternoon, however, to get out of two. The couple will return at 7pm to bring the best of 17 encounters to a close. The winner will receive the Ray Reardon Trophy and a grand prize of £ 70,000.