Trophy scare for snooker champ

Newly-crowned snooker champion John Higgins’ celebrations proved temporarily short-lived today after a low-cost airline lost his cue and trophy.

Newly-crowned snooker champion John Higgins’ celebrations proved temporarily short-lived today after a low-cost airline lost his cue and trophy.

The precious items went missing on the player’s easyJet flight 71 from Luton to Glasgow which arrived at 4.10pm this afternoon.

The 30-year-old Scot and his wife, Denise, 29, were left waiting at Glasgow Airport after the baggage was mislaid.

Easyjet found and returned the winning cue and crystal trophy to Higgins this evening.

The Scot beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-9 last night at Wembley to become the new Saga Insurance Masters champion.

A red-faced easyJet spokesman said: “We have located these items and they are being returned to the owner. We have apologised for any inconvenience.

“It seems that they went through outsize baggage but for some reason they were taken off that conveyer belt and didn’t get on the flight.”

Higgins, dubbed the Wizard of Wishaw after his Lanarkshire hometown, has won two Masters crowns and 26 major titles since turning professional in 1992.

The all-conquering Scot’s victory last night earned him £125,000 in prize money, taking his career earnings past the £4m mark.

The father-of-two, who was at his mother-in-law’s 50th birthday tonight, was unavailable for comment.

But his father, John Higgins Snr, said the airline’s misplacing of the precious cue and trophy had been a scare for his son.

Mr Higgins, 62, of Wishaw, said: “He can’t take the cue on flights since 9/11. It would have been a massive blow if he’d lost it as he only has one, it’s practically an extension of his arm.

“And obviously he would have been very upset if the trophy had been lost. It was hard won and to lose it like that would have been devastating.”

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