MAGICIAN CONJURES 147

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Shaun Murphy made the sixth maximum break of his career during his opening match at the BetVictor German Masters qualifiers in Milton Keynes.

Murphy’s perfect break came in the second frame of his match against Chen Zifan. He joins Ding Junhui and Stuart Bingham on six career 147s, and only three players have made more: Ronnie O’Sullivan (15), John Higgins (11) and Stephen Hendry (11).

World number six Murphy is in line for the tournament high break prize of £5,000, having made his first 147 since 2016.

It’s the third maximum break of the season, following 147s from Ryan Day and John Higgins, and 160th in snooker history.