Flawless Baird wins tour spot, Burns edges thriller

Sam Baird soared back onto snooker's main tour with a stunning performance at Qualifying School Event One in Sheffield.


Baird, who played on the tour in 2009-10, came through all four of his matches without losing a single frame at the World Snooker Academy.

The 23-year-old from Devon already had a card for 2012-13 by topping the EASB rankings, but by coming through Qualifying School he will earn a two-year exemption.

Ian Burns came through a final frame thriller against Rod Lawler to earn his spot on the tour with a 4-3 win.

Burns looked as if he had blown his chance as his opponent recovered from 3-1 down to 3-3, and Lawler looked on his way as he built a 40-point lead in the final frame.

But he failed to clear up, and Burns stepped in to make a clearance to earn his tour card in dramatic circumstances.

Martin O'Donnell and Chen Zhe also won tour cards in the event.

O'Donnell beat Adrian Ridley 4-1 in his crucial fifth match, while China's Chen Zhe beat Jordan Brown by the same margin.

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