Ronnie O’Sullivan Profile: Greatest Snooker Player Reaches ‘Tiger Woods Level’

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the world snooker champion again after beating Judd Trump 18-13 in the final at the Crucible. Success in Sheffield means The Rocket equals Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles.

The 46-year-old has now won an “unmatched 21 titles” in snooker’s “prestigious ‘Triple Crown’ events” – the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Invitational Masters BBC reported. That’s three more than Hendry’s 18 and six more than Steve Davis.

After his win over Trump, O’Sullivan downplayed his achievement in matching Hendry’s current record. “I think it meant more to him [Hendry] than I have seven world titles, but we will share it,” he said. “Hendry is an absolute legend of the game. It’s just a number – I don’t get too bogged down in that.”

Hendry: “He’s an artist, a winning machine”

The Englishman may downplay his brilliance on the cloth, but Hendry believes O’Sullivan “has taken the game to a new level” and while he says he doesn’t care about records, “he’ll want eight”. Speaking on BBC Two, Hendry praised the world No. 1 for his safety game, temper and killer instinct. “He has everything,” said the Scot. “He’s an artist. He’s a winning machine.”

John Parrott agreed that O’Sullivan is on a different level, describing him as “Britain’s most gifted sportsman” and the “best player” he’s ever seen. That was “Tiger Woods level,” said the 1991 world champion.

Beaten finalist Trump, who won the 2019 World Finals, was just happy to make a match out of it after coming back from 12-5 overnight to cut O’Sullivan’s lead to 14-11 in the afternoon session. When asked about his rival’s seven titles, Trump said it was an “amazing achievement” and he would go down in history as “the greatest player of all time.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan plays a left hand shot while referee Olivier Marteel looks on

Sporting mystery

If you’re ever looking for a “dictionary definition of a sporting puzzle,” then O’Sullivan isn’t too far off, Paul Higham continued Planet Sports. There’s no denying that he’s the “most natural snooker player of all time”, but The Rocket has also had its fair share of controversies. “Just when you think he’s out forever, his love of the game brings him back into the game, and just when you think he’s ticking, he’s going to do something outrageous either on or off the table.”

Since making his professional debut in 1992 and his Crucible debut in April 1993 at the age of 17 years and 134 days, O’Sullivan has become snooker’s biggest star. Looking more like the lead singer of a BritPop band than a snooker player, he has brought some rock ‘n’ roll glamor to the sport.

He has never been afraid to speak his mind. In 2016, at a tournament in Cardiff, O’Sullivan deliberately missed a chance at a 147 max break because of the £10,000 prize money was ‘too cheap’. And two years later he launched a devastating attack on the K2 Leisure Center in Crawley, calling out the venue for the 2018 English Open a “hell hole” that smelled like urine.

“Quicky, irrepressible, enchanting”

During the World Cup final, an “excited” O’Sullivan was involved in an “extraordinary confrontation” with referee Olivier Marteel, Hector Nunns said in The Telegraph. A “highly-anticipated showpiece” was “overshadowed” in the first session by two “heated clashes” between the world no to be trouble.

The “erratic, irrepressible, bewitching” O’Sullivan was “one of a kind,” Nick Metcalfe continued Sporty life. He was “no saint” and controversy was “never far away” but it was “all part of the O’Sullivan package of course”.

No athlete’s brilliance “leaves them free to do whatever they want,” Ben Bloom said in The Telegraph. But anyone genuinely offended by O’Sullivan’s actions or words “needs to rethink.” In fact, when O’Sullivan speaks, “you want to listen,” and when O’Sullivan plays, “you want to watch.” Snooker would be a “far worse place” without him.

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