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Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Luca Brecel in remaining

Ronnie O’Sullivan gained the inaugural Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker by beating Luca Brecel 5-2 within the remaining.

The rating was 2-2 on the interval, with O’Sullivan making breaks of 95 and 94 and Brecel an 81.

A break of 121 put O’Sullivan 3-2 up and he additionally took the subsequent body earlier than a 124 secured victory and the £250,000 high prize for the 48-year-old.

“It has been a unbelievable match, good venue,” mentioned O’Sullivan.

“These are the tournaments you wish to play in – one desk, nice crowd, nice environment and the music was going inbetween the frames.

“It was like we have been in some kind of rave.”

The semi-finals came about on the identical day as the ultimate and O’Sullivan booked his place within the remaining courtesy of a 4-1 win towards Judd Trump, whereas Brecel beat Mark Allen 4-2.

The match in Saudi Arabia included a golden ball – price 20 factors – which was positioned on the highest cushion all through a body for so long as a participant might nonetheless full the utmost break and was eliminated when the chance is over.

John Higgins got here near changing into the primary participant to compile a 167 break – and win £395,000 – when he transformed 15 reds and blacks however overhit his strategy to the yellow in his second spherical win towards Mark Williams.

The prize for reaching a 167 break can be doubled on the subsequent staging of the occasion.

“I will get the golden ball subsequent 12 months. I did not wish to take it ,” mentioned O’Sullivan.

“I will take the match this 12 months after which the golden ball subsequent 12 months. It will be nice.”

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