Ronnie beat Barry Hawkins by 10-1, to win his sixth Masters trophy, now level with Stephen Hendry. Actually Barry won the first frame, before Ronnie produced a ruthless display of snooker. Even well ahead, he never got reckless. He played the right shots and showed full respect for his opponent.
Here is how the match unfolded:
Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-1 Barry Hawkins
Scores (Ronnie first): 50-66; 97(70)-8; 136(136)-0; 73(52)-49; 72-28; 64-36; 77(77)-17; 72(72)-13; 58-39; 92(66)-0; 82(82)-0
Match Progress: 0-1, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-1, 6-1, 7-1, 8-1, 9-1, 10-1
Centuries: O’Sullivan: 136
Referee: Olivier Marteel
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Sunday 17 Jan 2016 08:47PM
Ronnie O’Sullivan won his sixth Dafabet Masters title with a 10-1 demolition of Barry Hawkins in the final.
O’Sullivan has now won snooker’s biggest invitation event six times, having previously lifted the trophy in 1995, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014, matching the record set by Stephen Hendry, who won five titles in a row from 1989-93 and another in 1996.
Watched by a capacity crowd of nearly 2,000 at Alexandra Palace in London, O’Sullivan banked the £200,000 top prize after dominating the final, making a century and six more breaks over 50. It was the most one-sided Masters final since Steve Davis beat Mike Hallett 9-0 in 1988.
The 40-year-old from Chigwell has now won 16 Triple Crown tournaments, just two shy of Hendry’s record of 18, and he’s the oldest Masters champion since Ray Reardon won in 1976 age 43. In 22 appearances at the Masters, O’Sullivan has played 63 matches and reached 11 finals, both also records.
O’Sullivan took several months away from snooker at the start of this season, returning to action in mid-December and playing his first televised tournament this week. It was a triumphant return to the limelight, reminiscent of his 2013 World Championship victory (also coming with a final defeat of Hawkins) after almost a year’s sabbatical. Once again the Rocket has proved that his sheer natural brilliance can make up for any lack of competitive sharpness. At the very top level, he remains the man to beat.
He insists that a slipped disc in his lower spine has caused an imbalance in his cue action – yet he has produced spells of sublime snooker this week and has looked destined to win the trophy since coming from 4-2 down to beat Mark Williams 6-5 in the opening round. Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham were his other victims.
Hawkins may have been on the wrong end of an emphatic scoreline today but he must take heart from his run this week as he had never got past the first round in five previous Masters appearances. He goes back to Ditton with a cheque for £90,000 and a confidence boost ahead of a packed schedule in the coming months.
The match is here:
session 2 and trophy ceremony
The trophy ceremony
MissingClip 2016 The Masters: preview of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Barry Hawkins match (Session1, BBC)
MissingClip 2016 The Masters: MSI of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Barry Hawkins match (Session1, BBC)
MissingClip 2016 The Masters: review of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Barry Hawkins match (Session1, BBC)
MissingClip 2016 The Masters: preview of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Barry Hawkins match (Session2, BBC)
MissingClip 2016 The Masters: review of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Barry Hawkins match (BBC, Session2, trophy ceremony)
And finally celebrating with his friends…