Ronnie O'Sullivan may have lost but he could not contain his joy at seeing Northern Ireland's Jordan Brown win the Welsh Open on Sunday night.

Antrim 33-year-old Brown defied all the odds to win the first ranking event of his career at Celtic Manor, holding his nerve in a final-frame shootout to edge a highly entertaining final 9-8.

Five years ago Brown was working at a petrol station. Now, he's toasting a "life-changing" success and O'Sullivan was more than happy to give him his dues.

"I enjoyed every minute of that," O'Sullivan told Eurosport.

"I loved playing Jordan. He's a great guy, he really is. I'm so happy for him. He's such a lovely guy, and a fantastic player as well. I played alright today. Not many people beat me when I play alright.

"He's a proper player. It's fantastic for Jordan. It's his night. I couldn't be happier for him."

An emotional Brown struggled to take in the scale of his achievement as his perseverance finally paid off.

"It's just a privilege and an honour to play Ronnie O'Sullivan," he said.

"I had some dark days in my snooker life, but that's what makes you stronger.

"I was working full-time in a petrol station and five years ago I said to myself, 'give it a proper go', and it's paying off now.

"I knew if I was going to get overawed by Ronnie I wasn't going to win today. I'm playing the balls, playing the table, focused on my own game. That's what I've been doing all week, just getting used to the big stage.

"If you want something bad, and you think you can achieve it, never give up, because I think I showed this week anything can be possible if you believe in it.

"It's just all down to hard work. Something just clicked. A couple of months back I gradually started getting better, putting results together and that just gives you confidence. I couldn't have predicted what would happen this week, but it's just great."

Reflecting on the welcome reward of the £70,000 winner's cheque, he added: "It's life-changing for my personal life. I won't have to worry about a few bills now."