Mark Allen became the first Northern Irishman to win the Masters since Dennis Taylor in 1987 after 10-7 victory over Kyren Wilson.
The final at the Alexandra Palace was a tight affair until the 11th frame, after 31 year old Allen made a 73 break to move 6-5 ahead before adding 119 in the next.
Meanwhile, the world no. 14 Englishman Wilson went another frame behind before rallying to pull it back to 8-7.
Allen responded with breaks of 69 and 71 to take the £200,000 first prize.
Allen hopes that his first success in one of snooker's 'Triple Crown' events - the Masters, UK Championship and World Championship - will lead to many more.
He said, "It's been a long time coming, I was never sure it was going to come.
"I felt calm apart from in that first session and felt stronger as the match wore on. I'm just very, very pleased.
"It's 40 years since Alex Higgins first won the trophy to bring it back to the country, that's what I did it for.
"And now that I've done it, hopefully this is stepping stone to bigger and better things."