Barry ‘The Hawk’ Hawkins returns to the ranks of the 188BET Champion of Champions after missing out for the first time in four years, and earned his spot in style following a scintillating performance to win the World Grand Prix in March.
Hawkins was made to work for his third ranking title, fighting off fierce competition from Ryan Day to win 10-7 in Preston.
“I was absolutely over the moon,” said Hawkins. “I felt so good at the start of the match and played so well, I didn’t feel like I could miss when I got in the balls. I got ahead of myself thinking I was going to make another century to win.
Hawkins is still seeking his first Champion of Champions victory, with his best performance coming in 2014 when he finished as a group finalist.