Hossein Vafaei became the first Iranian player to win a ranking title, beating Mark Williams in the final of the Snooker Shoot Out.
Vafaei won the one-frame final with a break of 71 and dedicated the victory to his late grandmother.
“That is for you grandma,” the 27-year-old told Eurosport. “It’s Mother’s Day in Iran and I am very proud I did that.
“It’s a big achievement for a country like Iran. Nobody knew about snooker before. Now they know.”
Wales’ Williams, the three-time world champion, only got the chance to play one shot in the final with world number 42 Vafaei sinking a tricky, long red after the break-off.
“I thought I’d played a pretty good break-off shot there and what a fantastic red that was,” said Williams. “To make that break under pressure to win your first tournament, hats off to him.”
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