Judd Trump secured a comprehensive 10-4 win over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Dafabet Masters final on Sunday as he landed his first title at the Triple Crown event.
The former world number one won just the second major title of his career so far, with his only previous victory coming at the UK Championship in 2011.
Trump admits there were times when he doubted whether he would ever win another Triple Crown trophy after his victory over O’Sullivan at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
The Bristolian had a tough route to the final as he came up against last year’s runner-up Kyren Wilson in the first round before seeing off former champions Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.
Trump raced into a 4-0 lead over ‘The Rocket’ and then opened up a 7-1 advantage. O’Sullivan did fight back but the seven-time winner had left himself too much to do, and Trump was delighted to pick up the top prize.
“I have waited a long time for this. It has been seven or eight years since I last won a big one [the 2011 UK Championship],” Trump told the BBC.
“This is like my local tournament and it is a dream come true. “You are always surprised when you have a lead against Ronnie at any point. He looked sharp tonight. I had to be at my best to just get to 3-3 in the last session.”
Trump is 6.00 to win the World Championship in May as he seeks the final major title missing from his collection. O’Sullivan is the 3.25 favourite to take the title at The Crucible in Sheffield.