RONNIE O'Sullivan (right) has stepped off his "treadmill of turmoil" to collect the first major trophy of the new snooker season, writes Trevor Baxter.
O'Sullivan dedicated his Champions Cup success in Brighton yesterday to "everyone who has stuck with me over the last couple of months".
"I have been a nightmare to be with, but I have been given a second chance and I want to make the most of it," said the 24-year-old Englishman after a 7-5 final victory over world champion and world No1 Mark Williams.
O'Sullivan spent several weeks this summer being treated for undisclosed health problems at the Priory Clinic in London and it was thought he would have to delay his start to the new campaign.
However, those fears have been dispelled over the last eight days as all the game's top stars have fallen victim to him, including defending champion Stephen Hendry.
And O'Sullivan showed his resolve in the final by recovering from a 4-1 deficit against Williams to claim the POUNDS 100,000 prize. He also earned POUNDS 5,000 for his high break of 140 against Jimmy White earlier in the week.