Ronnie O’Sullivan is a one off great. No one in snooker will ever play the game with the charismatic factor that the Rocket does, flying around the table smashing in maximum breaks without a breaking a sweat.
The match up against a hugely disappointing Matthew Selt at the York Barbican saw O'Sullivan finish off his 6-0 whitewash victory in style as he fired home his 13th 147 break to seal the match and his progression on to the last eight of the UK Championship.
It was only breaking news last week that the four-time world champion might have to withdraw from the tournament due to severe pain from the broken ankle he suffered whilst running in Epping.
He was playing the trademark Rocket Ronnie shots that have made him an icon he is within the sport, because let's face it, he is a huge crowd pleaser.
O’Sullivan, who was sporting some less than smart canvas shoes with a waistcoat and suit trousers, looked in no doubt to secure the match up during his final visit to the table last night.
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The only blip in the visit came with the blue threatening to not to drop as it heartbreakingly hit the jaw of the middle pocket – but luckily it did drop in.
From then on in, the former world number one was simply not going to miss, even showing some rare emotion with a celebratory fist pump as he potted the pink.
In it for the money
A total of £44,000 will be picked up by O’Sullivan - £40k from the 147 rolling prize fund and £4k for the tournament's highest break, unless anyone else manages a maximum of course.
“The motivation to get them is not as high as it used to be, but it's still nice to get them and obviously I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that the roll-over was kind of mounting up,” said O’Sullivan.
“So I thought it was worth getting the maximum because, unless it's over 40 grand, you won't be getting a max out of me!”
Top of the pile
Last night's maximum puts him further ahead of the pack for 147 breaks on 13, two ahead of Stephen Hendry on 11. It was also his 767th career century, which leaves him eight behind Hendry for the all-time list.
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