October 23, 2018, 15:58

Ronnie O’Sullivan gives trophy to fan after winning Shanghai Masters

Ronnie O’Sullivan gives trophy to fan after winning Shanghai Masters

Ronnie O’Sullivan landed the Shanghai Masters title as he began his season in style – before gifting the trophy to a young fan.

The 42-year-old beat Barry Hawkins 11-9 in the final to successfully defend his crown and collect the £200,000 top prize.

But five-time world champion O’Sullivan then presented the silverware to a spectator.

His management team, Unify Sports Management, tweeted a picture of a girl holding the trophy, with the caption: “Delighted for @ronnieo147 to kick off his season with a win but he’s still coming home trophyless! He gave his winner & high break trophy to kids in the crowd.”

O’Sullivan may have been repaying the locals for backing him throughout the week.

He wrote on Instagram: “Fans this week have been absolutely amazing. Thanks to everyone for their support. Delighted with the win.”

He had trailed 6-4 after the afternoon session but turned the match around in the evening and finished with a break of 122.

“Tough on Barry, but I played well at the end of the match when it mattered so I am really happy to get this victory,” O’Sullivan said on worldsnooker.com.

“I managed to find something on the practice table before the start of the evening. I was struggling with my cueing a bit so it was nice to be able to play with a bit more confidence and freedom.”

Sourse: breakingnews.ie

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