PONTEFRACT pool ace Darren ‘Dynamite’ Appleton has been in explosive form, winning three major tournaments.
The 35-year-old (pictured) told the Express: “I have had an amazing few weeks.”
Appleton followed up his success in retaining the US Open 9-Ball championship by winning the Challenge of Champions tournament at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville in the United States.
He had earlier beaten Sandor Tot (Serbia) in the final of the inaugural Beassy 9-Ball World Class Open in Hungary.
Appleton won $25,000 in the winner takes all Challenge of Champions competition.
In his first match he posted back-to-back 5-2 wins over world 9-ball champion Yukio Akakariyama.
He then faced world 10-ball champion Huidji See, who won the first set 5-2.
Appleton won the second set 5-2 and then came out on top by winning the deciding sudden death game.
Defending champion Appleton gave a flawless display at the 36th annual US Open 9-Ball Championship.
He beat Shawn Putman (USA) 13-6 in the final to become only the third player in the tournament’s history to claim back to back titles.
The tournament featured 251 players representing over 30 countries.
Appleton quickly took control in the final to build a commanding 6-0 lead and made just two errors throughout the entire match.
He has qualified to represent Europe against USA in the Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas on December 8 to 11. It will be televised live on Sky Sports. Appleton played a key role as Europe beat USA 11-8 at East London’s York Hall in last year’s Mosconi Cup.