Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Neil Robertson 13-10 in the Tour Championship final to become the world number one for the first time in nine years.
‘The Rocket’ led 5-3 going into Sunday’s play but Robertson managed to draw level after the first session at 8-8.
Australian Robertson managed to level matters again at 10-10 but he never took the lead, and O’Sullivan won the final three frames to land his 36th ranking title – matching a record previously held solely by Stephen Hendry.
O’Sullivan has won three of the seven ranking titles he has contested this season, and will now set his sights on the World Championships in Sheffield as he has decided not to compete in the China Open.
“To get to number one probably playing half the events some other guys do is probably one of the best achievements across sports,” he told the BBC.
“I’ve never been driven by number one as if I was I’d probably enter a few more tournaments.”
He added: “Congratulations to Neil – him and Judd Trump have been the two best this season along with myself. If one of us doesn’t win the World Championship I’ll be surprised.”
O’Sullivan is the 3.50 favourite to win the World Championships, Trump is available at 5.00 and Robertson can be backed at 9.00.