ANTRIM’S Jordan Brown has qualified for the World Snooker Championship for the first time at the age of 32 after coming through three qualifying rounds.
Brown was ranked 73rd in the world coming but defied that beat 36th ranked Ryan Day 10-6 and advance to the tournament proper at the Crucible, which begins on Friday.
Couldn’t be happier for my big mate. Come through a very tough section too. Starting to show the promise I’ve been seeing for so long in practice. So proud of him. Let’s hope we avoid each other in tomorrow’s draw https://t.co/iVzlVoMOKP
— Mark Allen (@pistol147) July 28, 2020
Brown will join practice partner Mark Allen as the only men from the island of Ireland at the event after Ken Doherty, Fergal O’Brien and Gerard Greene bowed out over the last couple of days.
World no 4 Allen tweeted: “Couldn’t be happier for my big mate. Come through a very tough section too. Starting to show the promise I’ve been seeing for so long in practice. So proud of him. Let’s hope we avoid each other in tomorrow’s draw.”
Brown is one of five players who will make their World Championship debut this year as Ashley Carty ,Elliot Slessor, Swiss Alexander Ursebacher and Jamie Clarke also line up in today’s first round draw.
He was a professional for one season in 2009/10 after winning the Northern Ireland Amateur Championships but lost his tour card after that and only rejoined the tour in 2018, RTE reports.
Winning in the first round could guarantee his tour card for next season.
Brown will begin his Championship against seventh seed Mark Selby.
Allen will begin his World Snooker Championship campaign against Welshman Jamie Clarke.
The Championship gets underway on Friday and runs until August 16.