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John Higgins makes a 147 at the Scottish Open as Neil Robertson crashes out

Home hero Higgins celebrates (credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

John Higgins compiled a majestic maximum break on home soil at the 2018 Scottish Open on Wednesday, while Ross Muir dethroned defending champion Neil Robertson in Glasgow.

Despite playing through the pain barrier with a broken rib he sustained during a trip to Hampden Park to watch the Scottish League Cup final last weekend, Higgins turned on the style to record the ninth maximum of his career.

Higgins floated in the perfect break during the third frame of his Second Round clash with Gerard Greene, which he went on to win 4-0.

The 43-year-old admitted after his First Round win that he considered pulling out of the tournament and would have done so had it not been on home soil, but is now reaping the rewards after scooping a provisional £20,000 bonus.

Higgins defied a break of 67 from Greene in frame one to hit the front before firing in a break of 83 to double his lead.

He then crafted the roof-raising 147 in frame three with a number of superbly crafted positional shots along the way before overturning a 54-point deficit in frame four to seal the whitewash.

Elsewhere, reigning champion Robertson was a shock Second Round casualty as he went down 4-2 at the hands of Scottish youngster Muir.

Robertson was visibly frustrated with his opponent's methodical style of play, with Muir averaging 31 seconds per shot.

The 23-year-old produced a high break of 98 as he set up a Third Round meeting with Sam Baird at the Emirates Arena on Thursday.






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John Higgins makes a 147 at the Scottish Open as Neil Robertson crashes out

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