A "mind-boggling” shot from Shaun Murphy left Eurosport pundit Neal Foulds declaring it one of the worst he has ever seen ‘The Magician’ play.
Murphy was taking on Barry Hawkins in the opening round of the Masters on Monday night, and lost the encounter 6-2.
Hawkins reeled off five straight frames to win the match, while Murphy was left ruing a number of missed chances, particularly after the interval.
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Eurosport pundits Jimmy White and Foulds were left baffled by one opportunity in particular, which fell in the eighth and final frame.
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After playing into the pack off a blue, Murphy avoided potting a red by accident, but he then put too much power onto his next shot and blocked his path to the black over the pocket.
Foulds, remarking on the initial blue pot first, said: “This is a great shot, he’s nearly knocked the red in, the black in, all the things that could have gone wrong didn’t go wrong. You look at where the balls are going and think this could be the making of his night, getting back into the match.
But the next shot is one of the worst shots I’ve ever seen him play. He’s only got to drop this in, how can he not finish on the black there? It’s impossible.
White added: “I can’t get my breath, that was just mind-boggling. All he had to do was touch the red and he’s got a shot on the black. He’ll be disappointed with that opportunity.
“But when you’re struggling for form, and he’s talked about he’s injured, and things like that happen to you. Everything that could go wrong went wrong for him, but you can’t take anything away from Hawkins.”
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