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Snooker: Joy of six for O’Sullivan

PUBLISHED: 08:11 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:11 11 December 2017

Ronnie O'Sullivan poses with the trophy after winning the Betway UK Championship at the York Barbican (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

Ronnie O'Sullivan poses with the trophy after winning the Betway UK Championship at the York Barbican (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

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Ronnie O’Sullivan revealed records don’t concern him after he clinched his sixth Betway UK Championship against Shaun Murphy.

Ronnie O'Sullivan at the table during day thirteen of the Betway UK Championship at the York Barbican (pic Richard Sellers/PA)Ronnie O'Sullivan at the table during day thirteen of the Betway UK Championship at the York Barbican (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

It was the first time the pair had faced off in a ranking tournament final and five consecutive frames in the second session handed O’Sullivan a stunning 10-5 victory.

The Rocket is now level with Steve Davis for UK Championship titles and also tied with Stephen Hendry for highest number of triple crown tournament wins (18).

But O’Sullivan isn’t concerned by records and just wants to be as professional as possible.

He said: “I just did a job and wanted to be a professional. I wanted to ignore how I had been playing and focus on the match.

“I’m not really that bothered. It’s just nice to win another title I suppose. Maybe I should be feeling happier than I am.”

Murphy admitted before the contest that he’d have to be at his best to get his hands on the trophy.

And he made the perfect start, pristinely cleaning up with a century break of 123 to clinch the first frame.

The Rocket has not been at his bruising best but was showing exactly why he’s the one to watch on the big occasion, rattling off two breaks of 62 and a 103 as the pair went into the session break at 4-4.

O’Sullivan became a completely different animal in the second session as he collected two century breaks and five successive frames to clinch the title.

The Rocket first won the title as a teenager and the 42-year-old believes this could be a time for the older players to shine.

He said: “It’s becoming a seniors tour now! Maybe snooker is becoming an old mans game now. You never know. It was a young mans game in the 1990s and maybe these days it’s an old mans game.

“You can’t win titles if you’re at 70 or 80 per cent and I’m a little surprised that I won to be honest but I’ll take it.

“I’ve been doing this for too long now and I don’t even get excited which is the crazy thing.”

*Watch LIVE coverage of the UK Championship on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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