The 37-year-old O’Sullivan, bidding to become the first player to mount a successful title defence since Stephen Hendry in 1996, established a new record for a Crucible final by taking his tally of centuries for the match to six.
And that left Hawkins with plenty to do when the contest resumes later with Monday's concluding session. O’Sullivan, 10-7 in front overnight, maintained his three frame advantage by going into the mid-session interval 12-9 in front.
Nicknamed ‘The Rocket’ for his attacking style of play, O’Sullivan then went four clear with a contribution of 133 immediately following the 20-minute break to follow his efforts of 103, 106, 113 and 100 on Sunday.
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