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Ronnie O'Sullivan wins inaugural World Masters of Snooker title

O'Sullivan wins inaugural World Masters of Snooker
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Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the inaugural World Masters of Snooker title with victory over current world champion Luca Brecel.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has added a new title to his vast collection with victory at the World Masters of Snooker.

The inaugural event in Saudi Arabia featured the world's top eight players and two Middle-Eastern wildcards, while a bonus ball worth 20 points was made available if any player was on a 147.

Ultimately, the gimmick did not lead to the highest-ever break in snooker history, but the best player to ever grace the sport is the first name on the trophy.

Luca Brecel - the current world champion - was O'Sullivan's opponent in the final and the Belgian played his part in a high-quality opening session.

Brecel hit a 81 break to move 2-1 ahead, either side of O'Sullivan making breaks of 95 and 94 of his own, before the Englishman ruthlessly took control after the interval.

O'Sullivan compiled breaks of 121 and 124 to seal a 5-2 win, with the sport's first venture to Saudi Arabia being viewed as a major success.

Mark Allen and Judd Trump were the losing semi-finalists, Allen going down 4-2 to Brecel and O'Sullivan overcoming Trump by a 4-1 scoreline.

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