UK Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win record seventh title
Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed a record seventh UK Championship title by outclassing Mark Allen 10-6 in York.
O'Sullivan defended his title to move to 19 World, UK and Masters trophies - surpassing Stephen Hendry's record in the 'Triple Crown' events.
A run of six frames in a row allowed the Englishman to dominate the final.
Northern Ireland's Allen rallied to trail 9-6, but O'Sullivan closed out the match to collect the trophy and the 170,000 top prize.
Five-time world champion O'Sullivan sat out the 2015 event, but has dominated at the Barbican in recent years, claiming three titles in four seasons.
He has now won a remarkable 27 out of his 28 matches since 2014, the only blemish being the 2016 final loss against Mark Selby.
He was tied with Steve Davis on six tournament victories but this win - which came 25 years after his first triumph - takes him past his fellow Englishman.
'The Rocket' celebrated by tipping a bottle of water over his head and jumped into the crowd after being presented with the trophy.
Despite turning 43 during the tournament, world number three O'Sullivan looks to be improving with age and is the most feared, most consistent and most successful player on tour by a distance.
He has been vocal regarding the amount of travelling players have to do for events across Britain, Europe and Asia and has spoken about wanting to form a breakaway tour in order to continue competing, which is why this was just his third out of a possible nine ranking events this season.
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His record, though, is superb - winning this competition, reaching the final of the Northern Ireland Open and semi-finals of the English Open.
His triumph at the invitational Shanghai Masters in September took him past 10m in prize money - the first player in snooker to achieve the feat - and he also won the aptly named Champion of Champions event in Coventry.
His longevity has been highlighted by his win over Allen which comes 25 years after his first success at the UK Championship as a 17 year old, becoming the youngest winner of a ranking event winner which still stands today, while there are further landmarks that O'Sullivan has in his sights.
He is now just two ranking titles short of Hendry's overall record of 36 and the 101 break in the second frame was the 986th century of his career, 14 short of the 1,000 mark which no player has achieved before.
And despite his advancing years, he will also close further in on Selby's world number one ranking with a deep run at the Scottish Open which begins on Monday, and will chase an eighth Masters title at Alexandra Palace next month.
World number seven Allen came into the tournament in good form after winning the International Championship last month and defeated former world champions Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham en route to the final.
But he has now lost two finals in York, after losing to Judd Trump in 2011, and Northern Ireland's long wait for a first UK champion since Alex Higgins in 1983 goes on.
By his own admission, Allen was not at his best in the tournament, yet still managed to battle through to the final, but loose safety play and missed opportunities were heavily punished by his opponent.
The pair shared the first four frames in rapid fashion, O'Sullivan making breaks of 101 and 85, while Allen stroked in a 74.
But 'The Rocket' took control with further breaks of 66, 57 and 65 as he won five frames in a row.
O'Sullivan started the evening session by pinching a scrappy ninth frame, though Allen stopped his opponent's run of frames with breaks of 56 and 105.
However, O'Sullivan snatched a 23-minute tactical battle to go two from victory.
There looked to be no way back when Allen broke down on 45 with O'Sullivan compiling a cool 57 clearance in response.
Allen missed the 10th red when on for a maximum 147 break but won the 14th frame and pulled another back before O'Sullivan crossed the line with a 78 break.
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