Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Below Par, but Ronnie Edges It

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Below Par, but Ronnie Edges It

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RONNIE O'SULLIVAN admitted he was a long way from his best after coming through a tough final to beat defending champion Mark Selby and claim The Masters title at Wembley Arena last night.

The 33-year-old world champion held his nerve to win an exciting final showdown 10-8 and land the title for a fourth time.

The contest swung one way and then the other, before reaching its conclusion shortly before a quarter past mid ight.

O'Sullivan had looked in excellent form in the early stages, winning the first two frames, and moving 3-1 ahead when he capitalised on a Selby mistake with a break of 101.

But he could not move too far clear and ended up relieved to have emerged on top.

"I was just trying to compete because Mark is a fantastic player. I'm pleased to come out on top," O'Sullivan said.

"It was always going to be tough. …

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