Ronnie to retire after win

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.

Ronnie O'Sullivan lifts World trophy for the fifth time

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 will retire rather than defend his title

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.

Ronnie O'Sullivan holds the trophy after winning the final match during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

But barring a change of heart - quite possible given his track record - it will be his last competitive match at the Crucible.

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