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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 March 2007, 20:45 GMT
O'Sullivan races to Irish title
Ronnie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan won the Saga Insurance Masters in February
Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised to a 9-1 win over fellow Englishman Barry Hawkins in the Kilkenny Irish Masters final to claim the Paul Hunter Trophy.

'The Rocket' led 7-1 after the first session, and Hawkins never looked like getting back into the match.

"I should have gone 2-0 down, but I got into my stride in the fifth frame and played well," said O'Sullivan.

The two-time world champion from Essex was presented with the trophy by Paul Hunter's widow, Lyndsey.

Hawkins, the world number 12, made the better start and pinched the opening frame 62-49.

He led with a break of 70 in the second, but O'Sullivan fought back to win it by a point.

At 8-1 down I wanted him to finish me off because I wanted to get to the bar

Barry Hawkins

The next two frames were won without any breaks of note, before the 31-year-old found his potting form.

Runs of 57, 60 and 122 gave him a 6-1 cushion, and the last frame of the afternoon went O'Sullivan's way 66-7.

He continued his onslaught after the break, with a superb 138 clearance, followed by an 80 break to seal his third title of the season.

O'Sullivan added: "It's fantastic to play in Ireland, it's a great place to come because you get great support. The Irish love their snooker.

"All the players were depressed when the ranking event over here got cancelled, but hopefully this is the start of many more tournaments."

Hawkins said: "Ronnie's a superb player, he just got stronger and stronger.

"It was a hard day at the office. At 8-1 down I wanted him to finish me off because I wanted to get to the bar."

O'Sullivan takes home a winner's cheque for 13,500, plus another 1,350 for his 147 break in the quarter-finals against Joe Swail.

O'Sullivan v Hawkins frame scores (breaks in brackets):
49-62, 71-70 (70), 70-48, 63-30, (57) 85-24, (60) 87-40, (122) 122-0, 66-7, (138) 138-0, (80) 80-0



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