ENGLISHMAN Ronnie O'Sullivan came out of the wilderness to be crowned world champion for the fifth time after beating compatriot Barry Hawkins 18-12 at The Crucible in Sheffield yesterday.
O'Sullivan, who had not played for a year, made six century breaks, the most in any World Championship final, on his way to becoming the first player to win consecutive titles since Stephen Hendry in 1996.
He also lived up to his nickname of 'the Rocket' in the 30-frame final.
O'Sullivan's highest break of the final, 133, was compiled in just less than seven minutes, while the average frame time across all the frames was just a shade over 14 minutes.
Despite his triumph, O'Sullivan would not confirm if he woud be back to defend his crown next year.
The 37-year-old said he still "loves" snooker, but admitted he felt "trapped"by the sport.
Australian world No.2 Neil Robertson may have lost in the first round against Robert Milkins, but he did not leave empty-handed.
For recording the highest break of the tournament, 143, Robertson won a golden cue and $A15,000.
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