Ed Martin wins the UK Open
Ed Martin wrapped up victory in the first major of the new decade
with a win against Calum Edwards in the penultimate round to put him
clear of the field with one game to go.
This is Ed's fourth major UK
championship and his first since the 2018
Ed started the tournament strongly, winning his first 14 games before
suffering his first loss. He finished with 23 wins out of the 30,
and a spread of +1440.
Rik Kennedy (21-9, +1361) had a storming tournament as he defeated
defending champion and pre-tournament favourite Nigel Richards four times
out of five over the course of the tournament, including three in a row
in the final three rounds to take 2nd place. Nigel finished in 3rd place
(20-10, +1696) just ahead of Calum Edwards (20-10, +1159) on spread.
Kwaku Sapong won division B with a 22-8, +1480 record, ahead of Paul
Cousins (20-10, +613) and Ian Coventry (19-11, +527) Kwaku had built
up a 735 point spread advantage over Paul to put the result beyond doubt
before the final round. Paul was seeded 15 in a division of 18 players,
so second place is a tremendous achievement.
Adrian Bailey finished top of division C, with a 22-8 +1744 record,
outperforming his initial seeding of 10. Angie Brodie (20-10, +1096)
edged out Syd Berger (20-10, +478) for second place in an exciting tight
finish where the places were up for grabs right until the final round.
The "Lucky Stiffs" and "Tuff Luck" leaderboards from the tournament
(link at the end of this article) are a bit of fun. One unlucky player
stands out, however, as Kadda Mohamed finished in 5th place in division
C despite having suffered three losses by a single point!
Full results: UK
Last updated: 5 January 2020