Alexandra Palace, London - 15-22 January
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BGC Masters Snooker 2012 Final - Neil Robertson v Shaun Murphy
Neil Robertson's record in major finals before this has been impressive, winning all six that he has contested but snooker's biggest invitational event, the Masters has always alluded the Australian.
He managed to put that to rest today as he was outstanding in beating the in-form Shaun Murphy 10-6 to capture the BGC Masters 2012 title in front of a full house at Alexandra Palace, London.
In the afternoon the two exchanged three century breaks between them to go 3-3 but Robertson stepped up and made breaks of 72 and 59 to take a 5-3 lead going in to the evening's session.
Murphy pipped a scrappy frame when they resumed but Robertson hit straight back with a break of 101 to go 6-4 up and then nicked the scrappy 11th frame to lead Murphy 7-4.
Robertson then stepped up a gear with two breaks of 76 to take a commanding 9-4 lead in this best of 19 encounter, surely it was curtains for the Magician?
Murphy definitely wasn't going down without a fight and managed to reduce the gap to 9-6 thanks to runs of 52 and 86 and was showing great resolve under immense pressure.
But it was all too little, too late for him as Robertson produced a fantastic break of 70 to clinch the title 10-6 and was joined by partner Millie and young son Alexander for the trophy presentation.
Throughout the match, Robertson looked untouchable. He managed to find a great balance to his shot selection and his break building, safety, a long potting was excellent.
Take nothing away from Murphy, he also performed well in the match but it would of taken something special to have beaten the Australian tonight.
Apart from becoming the fourth person after Perrie Mans, Cliff Thorburn and Ding Junhui from outside the UK to win the Masters title, he also takes home to Cambridge the £150,000 top prize and the crystal trophy.
Also congratulations has to be given to Sheffield-based referee Brendan Moore who officiated his first Masters final tonight. I'm sure the first world final will follow soon!
A special note has to go out for the choice of the new venue for the Masters, it was a master-stroke from World Snooker to move from Wembley Arena to Alexandra Palace.
It was much more easier to commute to, had better parking and food/drink facilities and was just a much better venue to watch, play and report from and I hope the tournament stays there for many years to come.
Once again congratulations to Neil Robertson, the 2012 BGC Masters Snooker Champion!
BGC Masters 2012 Final - Results
Neil Robertson 10-6 Shaun Murphy
61-57, 30-93 (65), 7-116 (102), 120-6 (103), 74-37, 25-60 (53), 72-0 (72), 72-48 (59), 21-79, 101-32 (101), 57-14, 80-9 (76), 76-23 (76), 0-85 (52), 0-86 (86), 109-0 (70)