Ronnie O’Sullivan drew level with Steven Hendry after taking his sixth Masters titles with a 10-1 demolition of Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins took the first frame, recovering from a 40 point deficit, but the occasion seemed to get to the world number eight, having never actually won a game at the Masters before.
But O’Sullivan responded with a break of 70, followed by a magnificent clearance of 136 in a little over seven minutes. O’Sullivan made the most of Hawkins’ mistakes, taking the next three frames in scrappy fashion. But breaks of 77 and 72 ensured a 7-1 at the interval.
There were signs of an, albeit unlikely, comeback from Hawkins in the ninth frame, but O’Sullivan took it after fluking the pink, which cannoned off the jaw across the table only to be potted by the loose cue ball. That summed up Hawkins’ luck in the match, and O’Sullivan finished with breaks of 66 and 82 to claim the trophy in emphatic fashion.
After winning the title, O’Sullivan confirmed that he would compete at the World Championship in April, where a win would leave him one behind of Hendry’s record of seven World Championship wins.