The Betfred World Snooker Champion 2012 is Ronnie O Sullivan following a thoroughly professional 18-11 victory over Ali Carter.
In scenes reminiscent of thirty years ago when Alex Higgins held his baby daughter in his arms as he collected the trophy, tonight we had the man who has overtaken him as the most naturally gifted player in the games history holding his young son Ronnie jnr as he collected the trophy for a fourth time,
The match itself had been all but settled in the afternoon session.The first day had been but for a few brief moments of magic by O Sullivan,a tactical affair as Carter employed a gameplan of keeping it tight and not pushing the boat out.This was not the case today though as Ronnie came out all guns blazing and turned his overnight lead of 10-7 in one of 14-7.
The very real possibility of it finishing with a session to spare looked on the cards as Ali wilted under the O Sullivan barrage.As it was though the interval came at the right time though and to his credit Carter came out and won the next three to close to 14-10.This made the last of the session vitally important and it was Ronnie who regained his composure to take it and lead 15-10.
The evening session started with a standing ovation for the retiring Stephen Hendry and the question was were we about to see the last act another great following O Sullivan's hint that he might retire at the top following his semi final win,Before that question could be answered though there was still work to be done,
The opening frame was all important if Carter was to harbour any hopes of a comeback but Ronnie quickly won it with a break of 70,Ali did win the next to make 15-11 (and in the process ruin my score bet) but O Sullivan saw it out winning the next two to claim the title.
O Sullivan now joins John Higgins on four World titles and is only behind Davis and Reardon (6) and Hendry (7) on the all time list.Who is the greatest player of them all? Well thats open to debate but what cannot be argued is that when Ronnie is in full flight there has never been anyone else who can make this game look so easy.We should be thankful to have him and lets hope he can keep this inner peace he seems to have found and continue to thrill crowds for many years to come.
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