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15th Feb 2016

Video: Ronnie O’Sullivan sabotages his own 147 break in protest over bonus prize


Gareth Makim

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…