Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the 2024 Masters title after a 10-7 triumph over Ali Carter in an entertaining final on Sunday in London.
Success at the prestigious invitational for the Rocket brings his tally of Masters crowns to a record-extending eight.
It matches the eight UK Championship titles he has acquired and marks the first time he has won consecutive Triple Crown titles in the same campaign.
O’Sullivan boasts 23 pieces of silverware from the majors overall, and attention will now turn to his quest for a record-breaking eighth World Championship at the Crucible Theatre.
There had been plenty of excitement leading up to the 2024 Masters showdown for glory between two players who have frequently failed to see eye-to-eye.
A lightning-fast opening session took less than two hours to complete, with both finalists in full attack mode.
As had been the case at various points earlier in the week, an at-times reckless O’Sullivan went for some outrageous shots.
While several spectacular pots were landed, there were other wild misses that gifted his opponent plenty of openings.
Carter sustained his high level of form from the tournament to capitalise at first, winning the first session 5-3 with the help of a couple of century breaks.
There was then a raucous atmosphere inside the Ally Pally when the pair returned for the evening session of play.
The Captain, who was bidding for a maiden Triple Crown title, extended his cushion to 6-3 and it appeared as though an upset was really on the cards.
Yet O’Sullivan dug deep, and realising how well Carter was performing he finally ditched the overly relaxed approach in favour of harder match snooker.
The 48 year-old strung together three frames on the spin to restore parity at the mid-session interval.
To Carter’s credit, the underdog returned after the mini break to compile a tremendous 127 and become the first player in Masters history to compile nine tons in a single edition of the event.
But there were key exchanges in the following two frames which swung the clash back in the favourite’s favour.
Carter appeared to become distracted by the crowd’s increasingly boisterous nature and missed a couple of crucial pink balls, with O’Sullivan taking the front for the first time since the opening frame.
When the world number one subsequently compiled a run of 89 to make it 9-7, the contest looked all but over.
So it proved, with O’Sullivan needing a couple of contributions but getting over the winning line in the next frame to become the oldest ever Masters champion.
That he was also the youngest champion all the way back in 1995 underlines his incredible longevity at the very pinnacle of the sport.
The Englishman collects a cool champion’s cheque worth £250,000 while victory in another prestigious tournament reaffirms him as the game’s greatest of all time.
– draw, live scores, results –
Last 16 (bo11)
Judd Trump 6-5 Kyren Wilson
Mark Williams 4-6 Ali Carter
Mark Selby 6-1 Robert Milkins
Mark Allen 6-5 John Higgins
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson 3-6 Barry Hawkins
Shaun Murphy 6-2 Zhang Anda
Luca Brecel 2-6 Jack Lisowski
Judd Trump 5-6 Ali Carter
Mark Selby 5-6 Mark Allen
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 Barry Hawkins
Shaun Murphy 6-3 Jack Lisowski
Ali Carter 6-3 Mark Allen
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-2 Shaun Murphy
Ali Carter 7-10 Ronnie O’Sullivan
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