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Ronnie O'Sullivan lifted the Betfair World Championship trophy for a fifth and perhaps last time tonight as he capped his comeback with Crucible glory.
Out of snooker for almost a year, O'Sullivan rolled up in Sheffield without any competitive match practice and proceeded to tear through the draw, culminating in an 18-12 triumph against surprise finalist Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins, the 34-year-old world number 14 from Kent, emerged from their tussle with huge credit, having performed terrifically well.
It was comfortably the biggest match of his life and he met the challenge head on.
His reward was £25,000 - three times bigger than his previous highest pay cheque.
Ronnie O'Sullivan claims he will retire rather than defend his world title next year.
The 37-year-old returned from a short spell out of the game to win his fifth Betfair World Championship, beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 tonight in the final in Sheffield.
But barring a change of heart - quite possible given his track record - it will be his last competitive match at the Crucible.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has retained the Betfair World Championship title, beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 in the final at the Crucible in Sheffield.