Ronnie O'Sullivan claims sixth UK Championship title with victory over Shaun Murphy

"I just love playing and love competing and I can't believe I'm still playing at 42, with all these grey hairs"

By PA

Image: Ronnie O'Sullivan has matched Steve Davis for the most UK Championship title wins

Ronnie O'Sullivan grabbed a share of two of snooker's great records as he landed his sixth UK Championship title in stunning fashion.

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The 42-year-old crushed 2008 champion Shaun Murphy's hopes of a second success at the tournament as he pulled away in the evening to clinch a 10-5 victory at the York Barbican.

O'Sullivan racked up breaks of 75, 104, 76, 103, 86 and 59 in a session where he produced a performance of the highest quality, swiftly and majestically tying up victory and pocketing the £170,000 top prize.

In triumphing for a sixth time, he matched Steve Davis for the most triumphs at this event. And O'Sullivan also hauled himself level with Stephen Hendry's all-time record haul of 18 titles at the sport's Triple Crown majors, which are made up of the UK Championship, World Championship and Masters.

Image: O'Sullivan racked up breaks of 75, 104, 76, 103, 86 and 59

Murphy had high hopes heading into the evening, after pulling back from 4-2 to 4-4 by the end of the afternoon session, and having beaten O'Sullivan over best-of-19 in the recent Champion of Champions tournament.

But despite making an 80 to level at 5-5, he was reduced to the role of spectator for agonisingly long stretches.

Murphy missed the seventh black in a 147 maximum break attempt in the 14th frame, and O'Sullivan made his 86, each ball dropping into the pocket a dagger to the heart of his opponent.

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There was no stopping O'Sullivan, who finished the match with a break of 49 before Murphy stepped forward to offer his congratulations.

O'Sullivan said after his latest big-stage victory: "The records are great. To equal it... I tried my best all week and there's nothing left.

"I'm over the moon to win any tournament, let alone the UK Championship.

Image: Shaun Murphy praised Ronnie O'Sullivan after the pair clashed in the final

"I just love playing and love competing and I can't believe I'm still playing at 42, with all these grey hairs."

Murphy praised O'Sullivan for taking his sixth UK title, adding: "It's an absolute phenomenal achievement."

He added: "It's not the end I wanted to the fortnight I've had."

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