Hong Kong’s Marco Fu has today made history at the Dafabet Gibraltar Open by making a 147 break on the opening day of the tournament.
Coming during the fifth frame of his last 64 clash with Sam Baird, the maximum break is the fourth of Fu’s professional career, his second of the year and sees him join a group of only six players (Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy), now to have made snooker’s perfect break on that many occasions.
The break is the second 147 to have been compiled so far this season, the first of course having been made only last Sunday by Neil Robertson during the Betway UK Championship final and is the 116th recognised maximum of all-time.
World number 14 Fu is now in line to take the rolling 147 prize at Kreativ Dental European Tour events of £3,500, provided that the break is not equalled, with a maximum not previously having been made since Ben Woollaston achieved the feat at last season’s Lisbon Open.
The break was officiated by referee Martyn Royce, who had not previously presided over a 147 in professional competition.
Fu would go on to win the match 4-3 to progress to the last 32 stage in Gibraltar.