London, Jan 19 (IANS) Shaun Murphy thrashed world No.1 Neil Robertson 10-2 to become the champion of the snooker Masters at the Alexandra Palace here.
The win Sunday helped Murphy, the winner of 2005 world championship and 2008 UK Championship, complete the Triple Crown of snooker’s three biggest titles, reports Xinhua.
Robertson, who reached the final with comfortable 6-1 wins over Ali Carter and Ronnie O’Sullivan, could not reproduce that form, trailing 0-5 and 2-6 after the first half and losing four frames in the night session to surrender the title to his English counterpart.
Murphy took the top prize of 200,000 pounds while Robertson pocketed 90,000 pounds.
“I can’t believe it,” said Murphy. “To finally get the win and the crown is unbelievable. In all, I have played pretty well this week and I am blown away.”
Robertson, who beat Murphy in the final in 2012 to win the championship, admitted: “Shaun played very well. I just could not produce the sort of snooker that got me to the final. I’d just like to say welcome to the Triple Crown club. He is a worthy champion.”