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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 February, 2005, 21:52 GMT
Awesome O'Sullivan wins Masters
Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates with the Masters trophy
Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates with the Masters trophy
Ronnie O'Sullivan captured his third title of the season with a 10-3 victory over John Higgins in the Masters final.

It was the world champion's second title win at Wembley - his first came in 1995 against the same opponent.

O'Sullivan's triumph included three century breaks (107, 102 and 134) plus runs of 95, 58, 97, 79, 75 and 79.

Higgins, who only potted one ball in the last three frames, hung his white towel over his cue as O'Sullivan's third ton sealed victory.

Not since Steve Davis whitewashed Mike Hallett 9-0 in 1988 has there been such a runaway London final.

O'Sullivan's victory was worth 125,000 while Higgins picked up 60,000 by way of consolation.

It was great to watch even though I was on the receiving end
Beaten finalist John Higgins

Ding Junhui's magnificent 141 clearance against Ken Doherty in the second round last Tuesday earned him the 10,000 high break prize.

O'Sullivan, so often scathing about his performances even in victory, was delighted with his display.

"That's probably as well as I've ever played," said the world number one.

"I played good frames from start to finish. And to do it against a player of John's calibre makes it more satisfying.

"There's no better place than Wembley or Sheffield to produce your best and so this win is very satisfying."

The defeated Higgins called O'Sullivan a "total genius".

"I missed a couple but what could I do," sighed the world number five.

"He's playing to a standard we've probably not seen in the game before.

"Somehow the rest of us have got to try and catch up. It was great to watch even though I was on the receiving end.

"I know some other top players can produce stuff like that but Ronnie was inch perfect every time."


R O'Sullivan (Eng) 10-3 J Higgins (Sco)

97-9 (95), 0-130 (54,76), 7-61, 107-0 (107), 89-24 (58), 102-1 (97), 135-1 (102), 45-73 (53), 79-1 (79), 75-56 (75-56), 79-0 (79), 88-1 (79), 134-0 (134)




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