There’s some who don’t like snooker, calling it 'boring' and 'slow paced', but when you watch shots like this one posted by @WorldSnooker1 on Twitter, it’s hard to not to like it.
@WorldSnooker1 posted the incredible shot, in which Shaun Murphy appeared to be pushing his luck as he sized up a red, too far past the middle pocket for a pot.
The cue ball was positioned just behind the yellow at the top of the table, and instead of playing off the left cushion into the pack of reds at the bottom of the table, Murphy decided to show some class.
He played the ball off the left cushion where the red was positioned, onto the bottom cushion and screw balled the white back up the same left cushion (yes, that's the same cushion he had hit it off originally) to clip the red into the left middle pocket.
The crowd were in raptures and commentator John Virgo could be heard saying: “What a shot this is… oh, unbelievable.”
Fans also tweeted an abundance of replies to World Snooker’s post and Murphy himself, who goes by the Twitter name @Magician147.
@luke830 said: “Pure quality.”
As Murphy tried to hide his delight beneath a subtle grin, @SQR45 commented: “No wonder he allowed himself a quiet smile – how the HELL did he do that?”
It was a moment of brilliance that needs to be commended.
A small victory for Murphy over rival O’Sullivan
This shot will be talked about for years and will make appearances on those sports ‘best of’ clips on YouTube over time.
But, for Murphy, this moment of pure brilliance will have a double delight factor for him. He will revel in the glory of one of the best exhibition shots the Crucible has ever seen and will savour that it came against his rival Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Just days ago, Ronnie O’Sullivan accused the World Snooker of bullying behaviour. After his outburst in January, in which he swore at a photographer and made criticisms of the referee on his way to his 12th Masters win, O’Sullivan was referred to World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), but the association took no further action, issuing him with a letter about his conduct.
“To claim he has been bullied is, in my opinion, quite inaccurate,” Murphy said, when asked about the matter by BBC Sport.
Despite master shot, O’Sullivan leads Murphy 6-2 in Round Two
Murphy may be in the limelight at the moment, but O’Sullivan bounced back quickly to show his dominance and took a 6-2 lead over Murphy in their Round Two match.
His break of 128 was the particular highlight of a routine we’ve almost become accustom to with ‘The Rocket’.
It appears his spat with World Snooker and Murphy was the furthest thing from his mind as he commanded the first half of their match and showed why he is a five-time champ.
O’Sullivan now needs to finish the job to reach the quarter-finals and by the first showing, it looks a high probability (higher than Murphy's of making that shot).
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