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Ronald Antonio O'Sullivan OBE (born 5 December 1975)[1][2] is an English professional snooker player who is one of the most successful players in the modern era of the sport. He has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles, and a record seven UK Championships, setting a record total of 19 titles in Triple Crown tournaments.[2][4] He shares the record for the most ranking titles (36) with Stephen Hendry. His career earnings of over £10 million put him in first place on snooker's all-time prize-money list.[5] Winning the Tour Championship on 24 March 2019 made him the sport's current world number one, the fourth time in his career that he has held the top position and the first time he has been number one since May 2010. This is the longest gap between number one spells by any player in history.[6]

Ronnie O'Sullivan
OBE
Ronnie O’Sullivan at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2015-02-06 07.jpg
German Masters 2015
Born (1975-12-05) 5 December 1975 (age 43)
Wordsley, West Midlands, England[1]
Sport country England
NicknameThe Rocket[2]
Professional1992–
Highest ranking1 (May 2002–May 2003, May 2004–May 2006, May 2008–May 2010, March 2019–)
Current ranking 1 (as of 7 May 2019)
Career winnings£10.8m
Highest break147 (15 times)[3]
Century breaks1,009
Tournament wins
Ranking36
Minor-ranking3
Non-ranking32
World Champion

O'Sullivan began playing snooker at age seven and turned professional at the age of 16. He won the 1993 UK Championship aged 17 years and 358 days, thus becoming the youngest ever winner of the UK Championship and the youngest ever winner of a ranking title. He is also the youngest winner of The Masters, winning the 1995 tournament at the age of 19 years and 69 days.

A prolific break-builder, O'Sullivan holds the record for the most century breaks in professional competition,[4] and is the only player ever to have achieved 1,000 career centuries.[7] He holds the record for the most officially recognised maximum breaks in professional competition, with 15, and he holds the record for the fastest competitive maximum break, compiled in a time of 5 minutes and 8 seconds at the 1997 World Championship.[8][9][10]

Noted for his unpredictable temperament and his struggles with alcohol, drugs, and depression,[11] O'Sullivan has often been a controversial figure in the sport. He has received many warnings and sanctions from its governing body over his conduct and comments, has repeatedly threatened to retire,[12] took a prolonged break from the sport during the 2012/2013 season, and threatened in late 2018 to form a breakaway snooker tour.[13][14] Outside his playing career, he has worked as a pundit for Eurosport's snooker coverage, has written crime novels and autobiographies, and has starred in the miniseries Ronnie O'Sullivan's American Hustle. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours.

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Career

Playing style

O'Sullivan plays in a fast and attacking manner. He is a prolific breakbuilder and solid tactical player. He has stated his disdain for long, drawn-out games, saying that it harms the game of snooker.[15] He is regarded by many other professionals as an excellent front-runner.[16] In previous years, he could become demoralized by being behind and not playing well, and was liable to lose several consecutive frames.[17] He is right-handed but can play to a very high standard with his left hand and routinely alternates where needed. While not quite possessing the same power in his left arm, being ambidextrous enables him to attempt shots with his left hand that would otherwise require awkward cueing with a rest or spider.[18]

When he first displayed this left-handed ability in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect.[19] He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing in response to Robidoux's formal complaint, where he had to prove that he could play to a high level with his left hand. He played three frames of snooker against former world championship runner-up Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped.[20]

Status

He is considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in the history of the sport,[21] with some labelling him a "genius".[22][23] Several of his peers regard him as the greatest player ever.[24][25][26][27][28] However, a temperamental streak sometimes leads to O'Sullivan having a lack of confidence or interest,[29] and he has performed inconsistently throughout his controversial career thus far,[30] with observers noting the "two Ronnies" aspect of his character.[31][32] According to Stephen Hendry after his defeat at the time of the 2008 World Championship, "O'Sullivan is the best player in the world by a country mile".[33] O'Sullivan has compiled the highest number of competitive century breaks in the sport's history,[34] surpassing Hendry's previous record of 775.[35] O'Sullivan targeted reaching 1,000 century breaks before he retires,[36] a feat he achieved in the winning frame of the 2019 Players Championship final.[7]

O'Sullivan is one of the most popular players on the circuit,[37] noted for being a "showman",[38] and has helped improve the image of snooker to the general public.[22][39] O'Sullivan himself has stated his desire for entertaining the watching public, and has said that slow, gritty games put viewers off.[40] He has often been compared to Alex Higgins and Jimmy White, because of both his natural talent and popularity.[18] O'Sullivan has three verified social network accounts, on Twitter, Sina Weibo, and Instagram, with over 300,000, over 160,000 and over 145,000 followers respectively.[41][42][43] He updates his Weibo account with the help of two assistants who understand Chinese.[44]

Other endeavours

Broadcaster

O'Sullivan started broadcasting regularly on Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM in May 2015, co-hosting the Midweek Matchzone show with Chris Hood.[45] O'Sullivan has previously broadcast a number of hour-long specials for the station.

In March 2014, Eurosport announced that it had signed an exclusive deal with O'Sullivan to make him its global ambassador for snooker, with the goal of driving the sport's international appeal.[46] As part of the deal, O'Sullivan creates an exclusive snooker series for the network called The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show, which includes his insights into the game, interviews with other professional players, and playing tips. He also wrote for Yahoo! websites and mobile apps during the World Championship.[47] O'Sullivan works for Eurosport with Jimmy White and Neal Foulds doing analysis for events that he does not take part in or if he is knocked out of an event he joins the team for the later rounds. O'Sullivan also starred in a mini series Ronnie O'Sullivan's American Hustle touring the United States with broadcasting friend Matt Smith. The series showed the pair travelling to different cities in the US learning the art of pool hustling.[48]

Author

O'Sullivan has written three crime novels in collaboration with Emlyn Rees:[49] Framed (2016), Double Kiss and The Break. The novels are not autobiographical but are somewhat inspired by his early experiences and family life.[50] O'Sullivan has also written two autobiographies. On 31 March 2019 one week after O'Sullivan returned to the world number one ranking after winning the 2019 Tour Championship the first time he has been number one in 9 years; O'Sullivan announced he had written a new book with his nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert. the title of the book would be "Top of your Game".

Video games

O'Sullivan has been involved with several video games, including his own, released for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on October 3, 2012 named Ronnie O'Sullivan's Snooker.[51] He also worked on World Snooker Championship 2007 in 2007, and Virtual Snooker in 1996.

Personal life

O'Sullivan was born in Wordsley in the West Midlands.[29] He grew up, and still lives, in the affluent Manor Road area of Chigwell, Essex.[52][53] He attended Wanstead High School.[54] His parents Ronald John O'Sullivan and Maria O'Sullivan (née Catalano) ran a string of sex shops in Soho.[53] O'Sullivan's father was jailed in 1992 for murder, after stabbing father-of-two Bruce Bryan, and released 18 years later.[55]

He is a cousin of snooker player Maria Catalano who has been ranked number one in the women's game.[56]

O'Sullivan has three children: Taylor-Ann Magnus (born 1996) from a two-year relationship with Sally Magnus;[57] and Lily (born 2006) and Ronnie (born 2007) from a relationship with Jo Langley, whom he met at Narcotics Anonymous.[58][59] In February 2013, he became engaged to actress and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Laila Rouass, with whom he had been in a relationship since early 2012.[60] O'Sullivan became a grandfather in October 2018 after Taylor-Ann gave birth to her first child.[61]

He has been labelled a perfectionist,[62] and highly self-critical[63] even in victory.[64][65] He suffered from clinical depression, and has had drugs and drink related problems in his early career.[66] In 2011 he started working with the renowned sports psychologist Steve Peters, who has helped him overcome his mood swings.[53][67] Noted for repeatedly declaring his intention to leave the sport,[68] O'Sullivan worked during the 2012/2013 season on a pig farm.[69]

In 2003, media sources carried reports that O'Sullivan had converted to Islam, but despite his self-professed interest in the faith, these reports were proved to be false.[70][71][72][73] O'Sullivan also espouses an interest in Buddhism,[74] having spent many lunchtimes at the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. However, he denies having a firm commitment to any religion.[75]

O'Sullivan is a keen football fan and a supporter of Arsenal.[76] Another of his hobbies is motor racing. In 2004, he appeared on Top Gear as the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car", and finished with a time of 1:47.3 around the test track in a Suzuki Liana.[77] He also succeeded in clearing a snooker table of four reds plus all the colours faster than the Stig was able to drive O'Sullivan's own Mercedes SL 500, with its "147" number plate, around the track.[78] Over the weekend of 15–16 August 2009, in the Volkswagen Racing Cup at Silverstone using a Volkswagen Jetta with the car number "147", he drove two 20-minute rounds.[79] In the first round, he spun off into a gravel trap, but fared better in the second, in which he finished 14th.[80] O'Sullivan is also a keen runner,[81] and runs for Woodford Green with Essex Ladies. He has a personal best of 34 minutes 54 seconds for 10 km races, which ranked him in the top 1500 of 10k runners in the United Kingdom in 2008.[82] O'Sullivan also enjoys cooking,[83] and has said that if he were to go back to school he would study cooking.[84] This was reinforced by his appearance on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, in December 2014.[85]

O'Sullivan was named OBE in the New Year Honours list in 2016.[86]

O'Sullivan joined the Labour Party, and became the first celebrity to endorse Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 general election.[87]

O'Sullivan is a close friend of Steve Peters,[88] who has been influential on his career.[89] He is also a close friend of British artist Damien Hirst.[90]

Performance and rankings timeline

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Ranking[91][nb 1] [nb 2] 57 9 3 8 7 3 4 4 2 1 3 1 1 3 5 1 1 3 11 9 19 4 5 10 14 2 1
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 3] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. A A A A
International Championship Tournament Not Held WD 2R QF A 3R 1R A A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR QF A
European Masters[nb 4] QF F SF 1R 1R NH 1R Not Held QF W QF 2R A 1R NR Tournament Not Held F A WD
English Open Tournament Not Held 3R W SF
World Open[nb 5] 1R 1R QF 1R 2R 2R 3R QF F QF QF 2R W F QF F QF 2R F WD A A Not Held A A A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 4R 3R F
UK Championship 2R W QF QF 1R W WD QF SF W QF SF 2R 1R QF W 2R SF 1R 2R A QF W A F W W
Scottish Open[nb 6] 2R LQ 3R 1R QF W 2R W 2R 2R 3R QF Tournament Not Held MR Not Held QF QF WD
German Masters[nb 7] Not Held 1R W SF NR Tournament Not Held WD W A LQ QF LQ 1R WD A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 1R 2R W 1R
Welsh Open 2R 1R QF 2R 2R 3R SF 3R 2R 2R QF W W 2R QF F 2R SF 1R SF A W 3R W 2R QF 3R
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event A A A
Players Championship[nb 8] Tournament Not Held DNQ WD DNQ 2R DNQ DNQ QF W W
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A A A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held W
China Open[nb 9] Tournament Not Held NR 2R W W QF Not Held WD 1R SF 1R QF 1R 1R QF A A WD A 2R 1R A
World Championship 1R 2R QF SF 2R SF SF 1R W SF 1R W QF SF QF W 2R QF QF W W F QF 2R QF 2R 1R
Non-ranking tournaments
Paul Hunter Classic Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event Ranking Event
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held Ranking Event W
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held W W WD F F W
The Masters A WR W F F QF QF QF 1R QF QF F W F W 1R W F 1R QF A W SF W W QF F
Championship League Tournament Not Held A A RR RR A A A WD F A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 10] LQ SF SF 1R W Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event QF NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] 2R 1R F 2R SF 2R 1R 2R 2R SF NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ W F SF 1R QF 3R SF QF SF 3R F SF Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event W QF W NH NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR F QF W Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held WD F W WD 2R A A 1R A 2R W Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 12] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event A A A NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held A A NH A A A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
China Open[nb 9] Tournament Not Held SF Ranking Event Not Held Ranking Event
Champions Cup[nb 13] Not Held QF W F F F SF W RR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Masters A A SF SF QF QF W QF W F W Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held 1R Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
Pot Black SF A Tournament Not Held QF A A Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters A QF 1R QF SF DQ QF SF W QF Ranking Event NH W Tournament Not Held
Premier League[nb 14] RR RR RR RR W RR SF SF W W SF A W W W W W F W W A Tournament Not Held
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held F Ranking
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held SF A A A 2R A Ranking Event
China Championship Tournament Not Held WD Ranking
Hong Kong Masters Tournament Not Held F Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi–finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
DQ disqualified from the tournament
NH / Not Held event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.

Career finals

Ranking finals: 51 (36 titles, 15 runners-up)

Legend
World Championship (5–1)
UK Championship (7–1)
Other (24–13)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1993 UK Championship   Stephen Hendry 10–6 [92]
Runner-up 1. 1993 European Open   Stephen Hendry 5–9 [93]
Winner 2. 1994 British Open   James Wattana 9–4 [94]
Runner-up 2. 1995 Thailand Open   James Wattana 6–9 [95]
Runner-up 3. 1995 British Open   John Higgins 6–9 [94]
Winner 3. 1996 Asian Classic   Brian Morgan 9–8 [96]
Winner 4. 1996 German Open   Alain Robidoux 9–7 [93]
Winner 5. 1997 UK Championship (2)   Stephen Hendry 10–6 [92]
Winner 6. 1998 Scottish Open   John Higgins 9–5 [97]
Winner 7. 1999 China Open   Stephen Lee 9–2 [98]
Winner 8. 2000 Scottish Open (2)   Mark Williams 9–1 [97]
Runner-up 4. 2000 Grand Prix   Mark Williams 5–9 [99]
Winner 9. 2000 China Open (2)   Mark Williams 9–3 [98]
Winner 10. 2001 World Snooker Championship   John Higgins 18–14 [100]
Winner 11. 2001 UK Championship (3)   Ken Doherty 10–1 [92]
Winner 12. 2003 European Open   Stephen Hendry 9–6 [93]
Winner 13. 2003 Irish Masters   John Higgins 10–9 [101]
Runner-up 5. 2003 British Open (2)   Stephen Hendry 6–9 [94]
Winner 14. 2004 Welsh Open   Steve Davis 9–8 [102]
Winner 15. 2004 World Snooker Championship (2)   Graeme Dott 18–8 [100]
Winner 16. 2004 Grand Prix   Ian McCulloch 9–5 [99]
Winner 17. 2005 Welsh Open (2)   Stephen Hendry 9–8 [102]
Winner 18. 2005 Irish Masters (2)   Matthew Stevens 10–8 [101]
Runner-up 6. 2005 Grand Prix (2)   John Higgins 2–9 [99]
Runner-up 7. 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy   Ding Junhui 6–9 [103]
Runner-up 8. 2007 Grand Prix (3)   Marco Fu 6–9 [99]
Winner 19. 2007 UK Championship (4)   Stephen Maguire 10–2 [92]
Runner-up 9. 2008 Welsh Open   Mark Selby 8–9 [102]
Winner 20. 2008 World Snooker Championship (3)   Ali Carter 18–8 [100]
Winner 21. 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy   Dave Harold 9–3 [103]
Runner-up 10. 2008 Shanghai Masters   Ricky Walden 8–10 [98]
Winner 22. 2009 Shanghai Masters   Liang Wenbo 10–5 [98]
Runner-up 11. 2010 World Open (4)   Neil Robertson 1–5 [104]
Winner 23. 2012 German Masters (2)   Stephen Maguire 9–7 [105]
Winner 24. 2012 World Snooker Championship (4)   Ali Carter 18–11 [106]
Winner 25. 2013 World Snooker Championship (5)   Barry Hawkins 18–12 [107]
Winner 26. 2014 Welsh Open (3)   Ding Junhui 9–3 [108]
Runner-up 12. 2014 World Snooker Championship   Mark Selby 14–18 [109]
Winner 27. 2014 UK Championship (5)   Judd Trump 10–9 [110]
Winner 28. 2016 Welsh Open (4)   Neil Robertson 9–5 [111]
Runner-up 13. 2016 European Masters   Judd Trump 8–9 [112]
Runner-up 14. 2016 UK Championship   Mark Selby 7–10 [113]
Winner 29. 2017 English Open   Kyren Wilson 9–2 [114]
Winner 30. 2017 Shanghai Masters (2)   Judd Trump 10–3 [115]
Winner 31. 2017 UK Championship (6)   Shaun Murphy 10–5 [116]
Winner 32. 2018 World Grand Prix   Ding Junhui 10–3 [117]
Winner 33. 2018 Players Championship   Shaun Murphy 10–4 [118]
Runner-up 15. 2018 Northern Ireland Open   Judd Trump 7–9 [119]
Winner 34. 2018 UK Championship (7)   Mark Allen 10–6 [120]
Winner 35. 2019 Players Championship (2)   Neil Robertson 10–4 [121]
Winner 36. 2019 Tour Championship   Neil Robertson 13–11 [122]

Minor-ranking finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2010 Players Tour Championship – Event 4   Barry Pinches 3–4 [123]
Winner 1. 2011 Players Tour Championship – Event 1   Joe Perry 4–0 [124]
Winner 2. 2011 Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy   Matthew Stevens 4–2 [125]
Runner-up 2. 2011 Antwerp Open   Judd Trump 3–4 [126]
Winner 3. 2013 Paul Hunter Classic   Gerard Greene 4–0 [127]
Runner-up 3. 2013 Antwerp Open (2)   Mark Selby 3–4 [128]

Non-ranking finals: 49 (32 titles, 17 runners-up)

Legend
The Masters (7–6)
Champion of Champions (3–2)
Premier League (10–1)
Other (12–8)
Disqualified (1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1993 Nescafe Extra Challenge   James Wattana Round-Robin [129] [130]
Winner 2. 1993 Benson and Hedges Championship   John Lardner 9–6 [131]
Winner 3. 1995 The Masters   John Higgins 9–3 [132]
Winner 4. 1996 Charity Challenge   John Higgins 9–6 [133]
Runner-up 1. 1996 The Masters   Stephen Hendry 5–10 [132]
Runner-up 2. 1997 Charity Challenge   Stephen Hendry 8–9 [133]
Runner-up 3. 1997 The Masters (2)   Steve Davis 8–10 [132]
Winner 5. 1997 European League   Stephen Hendry 10–8 [134]
Winner 6. 1997 Superstar International   Jimmy White 5–3 [130]
Runner-up 4. 1998 Charity Challenge (2)   John Higgins 8–9 [133]
Disqualified [nb 15] 1998 Irish Masters   Ken Doherty 9–3 [101]
Winner 7. 1998 Scottish Masters   John Higgins 9–7 [135]
Runner-up 5. 1999 Charity Challenge (3)   John Higgins 4–9 [133]
Runner-up 6. 1999 Millennium Cup   Stephen Lee 2–7 [130]
Winner 8. 2000 Champions Cup (2)   Mark Williams 7–5 [133]
Winner 9. 2000 Scottish Masters (2)   Stephen Hendry 9–6 [135]
Winner 10. 2001 Irish Masters   Stephen Hendry 9–8 [101]
Winner 11. 2001 Premier League Snooker (2)   Stephen Hendry 9–7 [134]
Runner-up 7. 2001 Scottish Masters   John Higgins 6–9 [135]
Winner 12. 2002 Premier League Snooker (3)   John Higgins 9–4 [134]
Winner 13. 2002 Scottish Masters (3)   John Higgins 9–4 [135]
Runner-up 8. 2004 The Masters (3)   Paul Hunter 9–10 [132]
Winner 14. 2005 The Masters (2)   John Higgins 10–3 [132]
Winner 15. 2005 Premier League Snooker (4)   Mark Williams 6–0 [134]
Winner 16. 2005 Premier League Snooker (5)   Stephen Hendry 6–0 [134]
Runner-up 9. 2006 The Masters (4)   John Higgins 9–10 [132]
Winner 17. 2006 Premier League Snooker (6)   Jimmy White 7–0 [134]
Winner 18. 2007 The Masters (3)   Ding Junhui 10–3 [132]
Winner 19. 2007 Kilkenny Irish Masters (2)   Barry Hawkins 9–1 [136]
Winner 20. 2007 Premier League Snooker (7)   John Higgins 7–4 [134]
Winner 21. 2008 Premier League Snooker (8)   Mark Selby 7–2 [134]
Winner 22. 2008 Hamm Invitational   Barry Hawkins 6–2 [137]
Winner 23. 2009 The Masters (4)   Mark Selby 10–8 [132]
Runner-up 10. 2009 Premier League Snooker   Shaun Murphy 3–7 [134]
Runner-up 11. 2010 The Masters (5)   Mark Selby 9–10 [132]
Winner 24. 2010 Premier League Snooker (9)   Shaun Murphy 7–1 [134]
Winner 25. 2011 Premier League Snooker (10)   Ding Junhui 7–1 [134]
Winner 26. 2013 Champion of Champions   Stuart Bingham 10–8 [138]
Winner 27. 2014 The Masters (5)   Mark Selby 10–4 [139]
Winner 28. 2014 Champion of Champions (2)   Judd Trump 10–7 [140]
Runner-up 12. 2015 World Grand Prix   Judd Trump 7–10 [141]
Winner 29. 2016 The Masters (6)   Barry Hawkins 10–1 [142]
Runner-up 13. 2016 Championship League   Judd Trump 2–3 [143]
Runner-up 14. 2016 Champion of Champions   John Higgins 7–10 [144]
Winner 30. 2017 The Masters (7)   Joe Perry 10–7 [145]
Runner-up 15. 2017 Hong Kong Masters   Neil Robertson 3–6 [146]
Runner-up 16. 2017 Champion of Champions (2)   Shaun Murphy 8–10 [147]
Winner 31. 2018 Shanghai Masters   Barry Hawkins 11–9 [148]
Winner 32. 2018 Champion of Champions (3)   Kyren Wilson 10–9 [149]
Runner-up 17. 2019 The Masters (6)   Judd Trump 4–10 [150]

Variant finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 1995 Tenball   Jimmy White 1–3 [151]
Winner 1. 2010 Power Snooker   Ding Junhui [nb 16] [152]
Runner-up 2. 2011 Power Snooker   Martin Gould [nb 17] [153]

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2015 Pink Ribbon   Darryn Walker 4–2 [154]

Team finals: 2 (2 titles)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2000 Nations Cup   England   Wales 6–4 [155]
Winner 2. 2017 CVB Snooker Challenge   Great Britain   China 26–9 [156]

Amateur finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1989 British Under-16 Championship   Andy Hicks 3–1 [157]
Runner-up 1. 1991 English Amateur Championship   Steve Judd 10–13 [158]
Winner 2. 1991 IBSF World Under-21 Championship   Patrick Delsemme 11–4 [158]
Winner 3. 1991 Junior Pot Black   Declan Murphy 2–0 [159][160]

Maximum and century breaks

Ronnie O'Sullivan has completed 15 maximum breaks from his first in the 1997 World Snooker Championship against Mick Price;[161] to his 2018 English Open maximum against Allan Taylor.[162] O'Sullivan's maximum in 1997 also holds the record for the fastest maximum in competitive play; Guinness World Records recorded the time at 5 minutes and 20 seconds,[163] but recent evidence suggests this is incorrect as a result of the BBC starting the timer too early on the break.[164] Depending on the timing methodology used, the break took between 5 minutes 8 seconds, and 5 minutes 15 seconds,[165] with World Snooker now officially acknowledging the shorter time.[2]

O'Sullivan has refused to complete maximum breaks due to opinions on the maximum break prizes. In the 2016 Welsh Open, O'Sullivan intentionally played a pink ball, and recorded a 146 break. It was suggested that O'Sullivan did this out of protest due to the maximum break prize being only £10,000, but he claimed it wasn't about the money and just wanted to have a little fun.[166][167] Six years earlier, at the 2010 World Open, referee Jan Verhaas convinced O'Sullivan to complete the break, in which O'Sullivan had turned down to pot the final black ball.[168]

O'Sullivan also holds the record for the total amount of century breaks, compiling over 1,000 century breaks in competition in his 26-year professional career. He scored his 1,000th century in the winning frame of the 2019 Players Championship final against Neil Robertson in March 2019.[169]

Prize money

O'Sullivan began the 2017/2018 season with £9.0 million (to the nearest £100,000) career total prize earnings.

Since then, O'Sullivan has won the following prize money amounts per season, leaving his career total at:

Season Prize money won (£)
2017/2018 season total earnings 868,000
Career total end of 2017/2018 Season
(million to the nearest £100,000)
£9.8m
2018 Shanghai Masters 200,000
2018 Shanghai Masters (High Break) 2,500
2018 English Open 20,000
2018 English Open (High Break) 8,500
2018 Champion of Champions 100,000
2018 Northern Ireland Open 30,000
2018 UK Championship 170,000
2019 The Masters 90,000
2019 World Grand Prix 5,000
2019 Welsh Open 3,500
2019 Players Championship 125,000
2019 Tour Championship 150,000
2019 World Championship 20,000
Career total after 2019 World Snooker Championship
(million, to the nearest £100,000)
£10.8m

Last updated on: 23 April 2019.

Footnotes

  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  4. ^ The event was called the European Open (1992/1993–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004), Irish Open (1998/1999) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  5. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1992/1993–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  6. ^ The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  7. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  8. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  9. ^ a b The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  10. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event was called the Asian Open (1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  13. ^ The event was called the Charity Challenge (1994/1995–1998/1999)
  14. ^ The event was called the European League (1992/1993–1996/1997)
  15. ^ Having won 9–3, Ronnie O'Sullivan was subsequently stripped of his title and disqualified from the tournament, for failing a drugs test.
  16. ^ This format was based on points. O'Sullivan won 572–258.
  17. ^ This format was based on points. O'Sullivan lost 258–286.

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Further reading

  • O'Sullivan, Ronnie; Hattenstone, Simon (2004). Ronnie: The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan (rev. ed.). London: Orion. ISBN 0-7528-5880-7.
  • O'Sullivan, Ronnie; Hattenstone, Simon (2013). Running: The Autobiography. London: Orion. ISBN 0-7528-9880-9.

External links