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

Jack Kenmare

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

To many people, snooker is an infinitely boring game, tailored to the retired as they sip on pints of John Smiths, complaining about the world.

Others recognise the brilliance of the 'sport', and the rest, well, they just like Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Rocket Ronnie, who became the first player to make 1000 century breaks last night against Neil Robertson, has gone a long way to make the sport entertaining due to the fact he could pot the black with a blindfold on and one hand tied behind his back.

And it doesn't matter whether this is right or left handed. More importantly, though, he makes 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. 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...

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.

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: Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker

Jack Kenmare
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