Ronnie entered the 2012 World Championship as seed n°14, having been in danger of dropping out of the top 16 and needing to qualify. He also had struggled with health issues since the UK Championship. So it was a bit of a guess work to predict how he would fare in this marathon tournament. Many expected Peter Ebdon, who had just won the China Open, to beat him in the last 32. But he won that match, won the tournament, and did it in some style!
Afterwards, Ronnie said that winning his fourth World title, after the lean spell he had in the previous seasons, in front of his little boy, was the best feeling in the world and something that will stay with him forever.
In the 8th frame of the final, Ronnie made a 141 total clearance, establishing a new highest break in a World Championship Final.
Here is how the tournament unfolded (source cuetracker.net):
Ronnie’s very special 92 clearance in frame 7 of the Final, one of the very best breaks you will ever see
Pictures by Monique Limbos