Scottish snooker player Ross Muir is set to make a return to the World Snooker Tour after he emerged victorious in the 2023 EBSA European Amateur Snooker Championship. Muir defeated compatriot Michael Collumb 5-1 in the final to claim the prestigious continental title.
Organized by the European Billiards and Snooker Association, this year’s championship saw over 170 players from 40 different countries participate in the event. The 32nd edition of the championship was held at the Dolmen Hotel in Qawra, Malta.
Muir’s journey to the final was smooth as he topped his group with an unbeaten record, winning all four of his matches. In the knockout rounds, he defeated Umut Dikme from Germany 4-2, George Pragnell from England 4-0, former finalist Heikki Niva from Finland 4-2, Shachar Ruberg from Israel 4-3, and two-time winner Robin Hull from Finland 4-1 in the semi-finals.
Collumb, who is the current Scottish national champion, also had an unbeaten record in the group stages, and he went on to deny England’s Ashley Carty in the quarter-finals before defeating Irish youngster Ross Bulman 4-1 in the semi-finals.
Muir’s victory means that he has earned a spot on the World Snooker Tour and will have the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best players. He expressed his delight at the win and is looking forward to returning to the professional circuit.
The tournament showcased an exceptional level of snooker talent from across Europe, and fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming snooker season.