Ronnie O’Sullivan proved once again this weekend that he is the king of the shot clock as he won the partycasino.com Premier League title for the ninth time with a 7-1 defeat of Shaun Murphy.
This is O’Sullivan’s sixth title victory from the seven stagings of the Premier League under the 25 second per shot limit.
He was superb in beating Neil Robertson 5-1 in the semi-finals and played well in the final, but Murphy, the defending Premier League champion, was well below par.
So it’s O’Sullivan’s title once again, but can he take this form to the UK Championship?
Only once (in 2007) has he followed his capture of the shot clock Premier League with victory in snooker’s second biggest tournament.
There’s no shot clock in Telford. It is two session, nine day snooker and so therefore a completely different mental approach is required.
As the man himself put it: "The UK, the Masters and the Worlds are a completely different ball game."
Encouragingly for O’Sullivan fans, Ronnie was in a good mood in Hopton-on-Sea, even declaring himself to be happy with how he played.
We all know this contented spell is not bound to last but therein lies the fascination.
It’s 17 years to the day since he won his first ranking title, the 1993 UK Championship, just days before he turned 18.
Much has happened on table and off since then but O’Sullivan remains a rare talent, and the Premier League trophy seems to be his to keep.