Stephen Lee put up a superb display to beat Marco Fu 9-2 in the final of Grand Prix at the Preston Guild Hall last night. It was the largest margin of victory in a Grand Prix final since Steve Davis white-washed Dean Reynolds 10-0 in 1989. By lifting the first ranking trophy of the 1998-99 campaign, Lee climbs to a career-high fourth place on the provisional world list and becomes the first player to book his place in next year's Champions Cup.
GRAND PRIX (Preston Guild Hall) Semi-finals: M Fu (HK) bt C Small (Sco) 6-1; S Lee (Eng) bt D Harold (Eng) 6-4. Final: Lee bt Fu 9-2.
LADIES GRAND PRIX (Preston Guild Hall) semi-finals: K Fisher (Eng) bt L Horsburgh (Sco) 4-1; L Quick (Eng) bt L Ingall (Eng) 4-2. Final: Fisher bt Quick 4-0.