RONNIE O’Sullivan produced a sensational performance of heavy scoring to win the Champion of Champions for a second year running after beating Judd Trump 10-7.
O’Sullivan was at his majestic best on the baize as he hit four century breaks and six breaks of 50+ to successfully defend the title he claimed last year and win the £100,000 top prize.
But he was made to work for it towards the end after a spell bounding period of play from Trump kept the Bristol star’s hopes alive of pulling off a remarkable comeback after trailing 8-3 and looking down and out.
Trailing 6-3 from an entertaining afternoon session, Trump’s hopes of pulling back the deficit early were dealt a huge blow after the Rocket launched a brilliant counter-attacking clearance of 70 from 61-0 down to go 7-3 to the good.
And the match looked as good as over when breaks of 40 and 70 fired O’Sullivan five frames clear with a commanding 8-3 lead.
But an excellent 102 break from Trump proved the start of what was a fantastic spell to come as he reduced his deficit to 8-4. And he made it back to back centuries with a run of 100 to keep his rather slim hopes alive at 8-5 at the mid-session interval.
Trump’s resurgence continued after the break as a run of 69 then got him closer to his opponent before another brilliant break of 90 moved him to just one frame behind.
But O’Sullivan managed to end a spell of 362 points unanswered points with a hard-working break of 63 in frame 16.
Trump managed to fight back from 71-0 down to possibly force a potential re-spot but he went in-off after potting an important green which left O’Sullivan to seal the frame.
With the winning line in sight, O’Sullivan smelt blood and a brilliant split into the pack of reds led to a superb break of 109 to seal the title.
How O’Sullivan defended Champion of Champions title
Group Match – beat Stuart BINGHAM 4-2
Group Final – beat Marco FU 6-0
Semi-Final – beat Ding JUNHUI 6-4
Final – beat Judd TRUMP 10-7