Last night saw the final ranking event of 2017 end in a dramatic style that only Snooker can provide.

Neil Robertson, the Thunder from Down Under as he is nicknamed, managed to clinch an unforgettable final frame against China's Maximum Man Cao Yupeng 9 - 8.

Yupeng picked up a hefty prize pot for his runner-up and maximum he had made early on in the week when he scooped 22K for the 147 and 30K for the runner-up.

Robertson, 35, told Eurosport after he had been banking on Cao getting nervous when he was 8 - 4 down and said he just went for his shots more to try and loosen up his cue arm.

He added: "I was banking on his nerves."

The Australian hadn't won a ranking event since the 2016 Riga Masters and had failed to qualify for the Masters in January, however, after he said he would rather win a ranking event knowing he was playing good snooker than qualify for the Masters and not be on form for that event.

Pure Snooker Drama

Robertson managed to win five frames on the bounce - but it was the drama of frame 16 that really got fans juices flowing as Cao had managed to get himself into a winning position and screwed a delightful pink almost full length of the table and get on the final black. In fact, he hit it so well he over screwed it and was faced with a thin black to corner which he missed in dramatic fashion to deny him his first ranking title and the third Chinaman to have won a ranking event.

Cao said after in emotional fashion: "See you next time."

The Dafabet Scottish Open is the third leg of the Home Nations series and this season has seen some great moments in snooker.

Winners so far

These include:

Ronnie O'Sullivan claiming his 31st ranking title at the Uk Championship in York.

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Mark Williams ended his drought of titles and claiming his 19th ranking title in Belfast at the Northern Ireland Open. This included a 9 - 8 decider in which Williams was tested all the way by the 17-year-old Chinese sensation.

Welshman Ryan Day claimed his first ranking title all the way back in the early summer and proved he was a winner. He then had a great run at the UK Championship reaching the semi-finals.

Luca Brecel claiming his first ranking win in China and announcing himself as a major threat from continental Europe.

John Higgins also won his 29th ranking title at the Indian Open, ensuring that the three players O'Sullivan, Williams and himself were still winning titles 25 years on since they turned pro in 1992.

Higgins's World final back in April was testimony to the level of class these players were still able to compete at as Selby came out on top in that battle, however, with the trio playing as well as they are, there is surely no doubt one of these could be a big contender for next year's World Championship.

In the rankings, O'Sullivan has shot up to World number two. Higgins is five, and Williams, who had to compete last season in the World qualifiers at Ponds Forge is now in tenth.

The last final of 2017 has got to be one of the best ones this year and this season so far.

There was a plethora of big breaks, including a 132. There was some tense moments nearing the end of the match which only snooker can provide on TV.

Robertson's win saw him pocket £70K and a rise back into the top 16 at 15. Nonetheless, because the cut off for the Masters was at the UK Championship it meant he was not in to play for the event in January.

Yupeng's final appearance means he has gone 11 spaces from ranked 67, to rank 56.

The win for Robertson does, however, see him into the Champion of Champions elite event next year.

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