Shaun Murphy won the 188BET Champion of Champions for the first time by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-8 in the final in Coventry.
Murphy fended off a late fight back from his opponent to secure the £100,000 top prize. It’s his first title since the Gibraltar Open in March.
The first session saw world number five Murphy come from 2-0 down to lead 5-4. He extended that advantage to 9-5 in the evening. O’Sullivan battled back to 9-8 and looked set to force a decider, but Murphy cleared from green to black in the 18th frame to clinch victory.
O’Sullivan missed the chance to win the title for the third time and has now lost two finals in a row in Coventry having finished runner-up to John Higgins last year.