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Remembering When Ronnie O'Sullivan Controversially Scored A 146 On Purpose

Remembering When Ronnie O'Sullivan Controversially Scored A 146 On Purpose

Ronnie O'Sullivan will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.

His talent on the Snooker table is undisputable but for many, it's Ronnie's personality that brings in the crowds. For example, back in 2017, he made a point of purposely not scoring a 147 break to protest against the money bonus.

To understand, you really need to know the skill required to score a 147.

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To do so you have to pot all 15 reds, with each one being followed by the black. This will land 120 points. To then get the next 27 points to achieve a 'maximum', you have to pot the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and finally the black.

Given how hard it is to do, Ronnie often takes offence at the low figure award for achieving it.

So, from time to time, he ducks out at 146.

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Last year at the Welsh Open, the winning prize for a 147 was £10,000, an amount of money he found pretty insulting.

Playing Barry Pinches, after having a bit of banter with the commentators regarding the prize, Ronnie purposely pots a red, leaving the white behind the pink, rather than the black.

To the surprise of the stunned, silent audience, he sinks the former, subsequently making his highest possible score 146.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

There's not much controversy in snooker, and an awful lot of the time there's not much excitement.

Rocket is pretty much the closest you can get to rock 'n roll snooker.

Topics: Snooker News, Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker

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Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.