Video: Ronnie O'Sullivan sabotages his own 147 break in protest over bonus prize
Ronnie O'Sullivan is in the news again.
The Rocket, without question the most gifted to ever pick up a snooker cue, has created a storm at the Welsh Open after deliberately playing for the pink in the closing moments of a potential maximum break.
With just a couple of reds remaining in the fifth and final frame of his 4-1 win over Barry Pinches, O'Sullivan asked the referee and tournament officials what the prize money was for a 147, and after being told it was £10,000, proceeded to play for the pink off a subsequent red.
O'Sullivan went on to clear the table and record a break of 146, missing out on a 14th career maximum, and confirmed that: "I could've got on the black and made the 147. To make a max is a massive achievement, but there's only £10,000 for it."
Naturally, O'Sullivan's actions got a mixed response...
Ronnie O'Sullivan has just turned down a 147, simply because the bonus prize at the Welsh Open didn't please him pic.twitter.com/HHIXC20BBU
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) February 15, 2016
Ronnie O'Sullivan was on a 147, asked the ref what the prize money was got told it was 10k so he didn't bother with it, got a 146 instead 😂😂
— Graham Smith (@GrahamSmithh) February 15, 2016
Need more people like Ronnie O'Sullivan in sport, hero.
— Bradley (@BradleyKhan) February 15, 2016
Normally love Ronnie O'Sullivan, but think it was harsh to deprive the crowd a 147 because he didn't think it was enough money.
— Chris Hunter (@wombat2820) February 15, 2016
Shocking from Ronnie O'Sullivan. Love him to bits however he could of give that 10k to charity if he didn't need it! What a player though.
— AMc (@Andymccabe29) February 15, 2016