Peter Ebdon's odds on becoming world champion for the first time shortened dramatically after last night's win in the Regal Scottish Open.
Ebdon defeated Ken Doherty 9-7 to win his second ranking tournament of the season.
His reward was a cheque for £62,000 and cements his place in the top eight for next season.
"I thought this might be the final I won convincingly," said Ebdon.
"I set myself a target of winning two ranking tournaments this season and now I've achieved that goal.
"I would love to re-establish myself as a top-four player again and the way I have played here this week and in Ireland I must have a good chance of achieving that."
Doherty was philosophical after missing out on the chance of winning three ranking events in a row.
"It would have been nice to have made it three wins in a row," said the Dubliner.
"But if you had given me this run at the start of the season I would have bitten your hand off. I still have two trophies on the TV back home.
"Now I'm looking forward to the world championship."