Monday, January 19, 2009

O'Sullivan wins fourth Masters

Masters 2009Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) won the 2009 Masters.

The final against fellow Englishman and defending champion Mark Selby went back and forth until Ronnie O'Sullivan took the last two frames to take the match 10-8.

O'Sullivan had some impressive shots in an exciting match, including a classic long pink to win the 17th frame.

The win was especially impressive since he was playing with a new cue after having smashed his ols one just days before the tournament. After securing the win he gave his new cue away to a member of the public.

O'Sullivan received £150,000 for the victory and Selby got £75,000 for his runner-up spot.

Scots John Higgins and Stephen Maguire lost out in the semifinals.

Higgins had the highest break of the tournament with the 140 he made in his last 16 win over Marco Fu (Hong Kong).

This was the fourth Masters title for O'Sullivan and his third in the last five years. He's previously won in 1995, 2005 and 2007. He has also lost four finals, two in the deciding frame.

The event took place at the Wembley Arena, London, England 11-18 January, 2009. Next up on the snooker calendar is the Welsh Open which starts 16th February 2009.

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