Arguably the biggest sporting upset of the year occurred on Sunday when world No 81 Jordan Brown beat the great Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Welsh Open final. And that David vs Goliath slaying inspired Stuart Bingham to beat world No 1 Judd Trump just 24 hours later.
Trump was one of the favourites to win this weeks Players Championship but he fell to a shock defeat at the first hurdle.
Bingham watched in awe as 750/1 outsider Brown lifted his first ranking event trophy in Cardiff the previous day by conquering O’Sullivan.
And he used that to motivate himself to deal another big blow to one of snookers powerhouses.
“I got inspiration from Jordan Brown winning the Welsh Open last night – a David and Goliath sort of match-up,” Bingham said.
“Now I’ve got passed Judd, if I win another game I think that’ll push me close to the 16 (in the official world rankings list) so I wouldn’t have to qualify for the Worlds, so I’ve had that in the back of my head throughout the season.
“I’ve lost four or five deciders this season and I’m just happy to get one behind me.”
Reflecting on the 6-5 win over Trump, Bingham added: “At 2-0 I didn’t really feel comfortable.
“I was only at 2-0 when Judd missed a few good chances, so when he came back at me to go 2-2 at the break I thought that was pretty fair.
“I thought it was going to be one of those nights again, but he went 3-2 and something clicked in my game.
“I had a great chance for the max and missed the last black for the yellow, but from there I fancied the job.
“I was glad to get over the line at 6-5. At 5-4, when he cleared up with the last couple of reds I just thought it was going to be one of those nights again.
“Whoever you play, you’re going to get chances so you’ve got to punish them, and when you do that they sort of get on the back foot.
“I think Judd could see that I started to play well and it put him under a bit of pressure – he just made a few mistakes at the end.”
O’Sullivan returns to action at the Players Championship when he takes on Ding Junhui in the evening session from 7pm.
There is a huge £125,000 prize fund on offer for the winner in Southport – £55k more than Brown won by beating O’Sullivan in Wales.