It’s was all too clear that winning this week meant a lot to Ronnie O’Sullivan as he struggled to win anything over the last year or so.
This year’s Masters has been one of the most entertaining events snooker has seen in some time. O’Sullivan was saved by a missed black from Wenbo which should of saw him going home on day 1. Instead he swung the entire tournament around by going on to win the title. Perry had his own piece of drama as he came back from 5-2 down to beat Barry Hawkins last night.
Earlier today it was Perry who initially got off to the dream start, leading O’Sullivan 4-1 but from there on, it was all about O’Sullivan. He quickly took 7 frames in a row to lead Perry for dust and take a 8-4 lead.
After the evening mid-session interval, Joe Perry came back out inspired to play better snooker. He took 3 of the next 4 frames in a valiant effort to bring the match back to 9-7 but the comeback was soon stopped by O’Sullivan as he won the next to claim the 2017 Masters title.
Winning his 7th Masters title, Ronnie O’Sullivan made history surpassing Stephen Hendry’s record.
“Joe played a brilliant tournament.
“He should of beat me. I got really really lucky.
“I’m relieved to have gotten over the line. The fans have been unbelievable.
Asked about beating Stephen Hendry’s record, O’Sullivan said;
“Its great to get some records. I’ll try nick the world championship record too.”
Joe Perry said;
“This crowd this week has been absolutely amazing.
“I proved there’s still life left in me.
“From 4-1 down I lost it and let him back into the match
“This week has given me the belief to keep going.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan picked up £200,00 while runner up Joe Perry received £90,000