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Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan

English snooker player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro English snooker player
A.K.A. The Rocket
Is Cue sports player Snooker player Pool player
From United Kingdom
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 December 1975, Wordsley, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Age 44 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Education
Wanstead High School
Awards
Officer of the Order of the British Empire 2016
Snooker Hall of Fame 2012
The details

Biography

Ronald Antonio O'Sullivan OBE (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player from Essex. Since turning professional in 1992, he has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles, and a record seven UK Championships for a record total of 19 titles in Triple Crown tournaments. One of 11 players to win a career Triple Crown, he shares the record for the most ranking titles (36) with Stephen Hendry and also holds the record as the youngest winner of a ranking title (1993 UK Championship, aged 17 years and 358 days) as well as the youngest winner of the Masters (in 1995, aged 19 years and 69 days).

He has held the world number one ranking on multiple occasions. In March 2019, he attained the world number one position for the first time since May 2010, the longest gap in the history of the sport. He has earned career prize money of over £11 million, the highest amount by any player in snooker history.

A prolific break-builder, O'Sullivan is the only player to have achieved 1,000 career century breaks, a milestone he reached in frame 14 of the 2019 Players Championship final. He has also achieved the highest number of officially recognized maximum breaks in professional competition (15), and the fastest competitive maximum break, compiled in a time of 5 minutes and 8 seconds at the 1997 World Championship.

O'Sullivan has often been a controversial figure in the sport. Noted for his unpredictable temperament and outspoken views, he has received many warnings and sanctions from the sport's governing body over his conduct and comments, and has repeatedly declared his intention to retire. Outside his playing career, he has worked as a pundit for Eurosport's snooker coverage, he had his own magazine show The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show. He 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.

Early life

Born in Wordsley in the West Midlands, O'Sullivan grew up, and still lives, in the Manor Road area of Chigwell, Essex. His parents Ronald John O'Sullivan and Maria O'Sullivan (née Catalano) ran a string of sex shops in Soho. O'Sullivan's father was jailed in 1992 for murder after stabbing father-of-two Bruce Bryan, and released 18 years later. His mother was also sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion in 1996, leaving O'Sullivan to care for his then 8-year-old sister Danielle.

Career summary

O'Sullivan began playing snooker at age 7 and soon became a noted amateur competitor, winning his first club tournament at age 9, making his first competitive century break at age 10, and winning the British Under-16 Championship at age 13. At the 1991 English Amateur Championship, at the age of 15 years and 98 days, he made his first competitive maximum break, then the youngest player ever to do so in a recognised tournament. In the same year, he won the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship and Junior Pot Black.

After turning professional in 1992 at the age of 16, he won 74 of his first 76 qualifying matches, including a record 38 consecutive professional victories. He qualified for the televised stages of the World Championship in his first professional season, making his Crucible debut on 18 April 1993, aged 17 years and 134 days. He remains the third youngest player ever to compete at the venue, behind Luca Brecel and Stephen Hendry. He claimed his first ranking title later that year, winning the 1993 UK Championship seven days before his 18th birthday to become the youngest ever winner of a ranking tournament, a record he still holds. The following season, he won the 1995 Masters aged 19 years and 69 days. He remains the youngest ever Masters champion.

Between 1996 and 1999, O'Sullivan reached three world semifinals in four years. At the 1997 World Championship, he achieved his first maximum break in professional competition; compiled in a time of 5 minutes and 8 seconds, it remains the fastest competitive maximum break in snooker history. He won his second 1997 UK Championship later that year. Despite these successes, his career became increasingly marred by controversy in the later 1990s. During the 1996 World Championship, he assaulted assistant press officer Michael Ganley, for which the WPBSA gave him a suspended two-year ban and a £20,000 fine. After winning the 1998 Irish Masters, he was stripped of his title and prize money when a post-match drug test found evidence of cannabis in his system.

He reached his first world final in 2001, where he defeated John Higgins 18–14 to claim his first world title and reach number two in the world rankings. He won his third UK title later in 2001, which helped him attain the world number one ranking for the first time in the 2002/2003 season. With veteran world champion Ray Reardon acting as his coach and mentor, he won his second world title in 2004, defeating Graeme Dott 18–8 in the final, after which he held the number one ranking for the next two seasons. He added his second Masters title in 2005, ten years after his first. However, his behaviour became notably erratic in the mid-2000s as he battled clinical depression. During the 2005 World Championship, he shaved his head mid-tournament and exhibited what The Independent called a "public emotional disintegration" while losing 11 of the last 14 frames in his quarterfinal against Peter Ebdon. At the 2005 UK Championship, he sat with a wet towel draped over his head during his match against Mark King. Trailing Hendry 1–4 in their best-of-17-frames quarterfinal at the 2006 UK Championship, he abruptly conceded the match during the sixth frame and left the arena. Hendry was awarded the match 9–1 and the WPBSA fined O'Sullivan £20,800 over the incident.

2011 Paul Hunter Classic

In 2007, O'Sullivan won his third Masters title and his fourth 2007 UK Championship, his first ranking title in almost three years. He won his third world title in 2008, defeating Ali Carter 18–8 in the final, after which he held the world number one ranking for the next two seasons. He added his fourth Masters title in 2009. After two disappointing seasons that saw him fall out of the top ten in the world rankings, he began working with sports psychologist Steve Peters in 2011. A resurgent O'Sullivan captured his fourth World Championship in 2012, again defeating Carter in the final, after which he paid tribute to Peters's work with him. The following season, he took an extended break from the professional tour. Despite having played only one competitive match all season, he returned to the Crucible for the 2013 World Snooker Championship and successfully defended his world title, defeating Barry Hawkins 18–12 in the final. In 2014, he won his fifth Masters title, beating defending champion Mark Selby 10–4 in the final, and went on to reach a third consecutive World Championship final, where he again faced Selby. Despite taking a 10–5 lead, he lost 14–18, his first ever defeat in a world final. Later that year he won his fifth UK Championship, beating Judd Trump 10–9 in the final, although he declined to defend his UK title the following year, citing debilitating insomnia.

O'Sullivan after winning his fifth world title, 2013

He won consecutive Masters in 2016 and 2017 for a record seven Masters titles. He won consecutive UK Championships in 2017 and 2018 for a record seven UK titles and a new overall record of 19 Triple Crown titles, surpassing Hendry's total of 18. During the 2017–18 season he won five ranking events. In the last frame of the 2019 Players Championship final, he made his 1,000th century break in professional competition, becoming the first player to reach that milestone. At the 2019 Tour Championship he won his 36th ranking title, equalling Hendry's record and giving him the world number one ranking for the first time since May 2010. His other career highlights include four Welsh Open titles, four Shanghai Masters titles, three Champion of Champions titles, two China Open titles, and a record 15 maximum breaks in professional competition.

Criticisms of the sport

During the 2010s, O'Sullivan became a vocal critic of World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn. In interviews and on social media, he voiced his unhappiness with many of Hearn's decisions affecting how the professional tour is run. He took issue with increased travel expectations, flat 128 draws that required top professionals to play more rounds against lower ranked opponents, reduced prize money for 147 breaks, and what he saw as inadequate tournament venues. He accused snooker's governing body of bullying and intimidating him, stated that Hearn was running a "dictatorship", and threatened in 2018 to form a breakaway snooker tour akin to the split in darts. Hearn responded by criticising some of O'Sullivan's remarks as immature and characterising his breakaway threat as damaging to the sport.

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. He is regarded by many other professionals as an excellent front-runner. In previous years, he could become demoralized by being behind and not playing well, and was liable to lose several consecutive frames. 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.

When he first displayed this left-handed ability in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect and refused to shake hands after the match. 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 semi-finalist Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped.

Status

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

O'Sullivan is one of the most popular players on the circuit, noted for being a "showman", and has helped improve the image of snooker to the general public. O'Sullivan himself has stated his desire for entertaining the watching public, and has said that slow, gritty games put viewers off. He has often been compared to Alex Higgins and Jimmy White, because of both his natural talent and popularity. 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. He updates his Weibo account with the help of two assistants who understand Chinese.

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. 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. 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. 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.

Author

O'Sullivan has written three crime novels in collaboration with author Emlyn Rees: Framed (2016), Double Kiss (2017), and The Break (2018). Although the novels are not autobiographical, they are loosely based on his early experiences and family life. He has also written two autobiographies: his first, The Autobiography of Ronnie O'Sullivan, was published in 2003; and his second, Running: The Autobiography, was published in 2013.

In March 2018, O'Sullivan announced that he was writing a new health and fitness book with nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert. Published in early 2019, Top of Your Game: Eating for Mind and Body contains healthy recipes and advice for "living better, eating healthier and feeding your brain to enhance your performance".

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. He also worked on World Snooker Championship 2007 in 2007, and Virtual Snooker in 1996.

Personal life

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

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

He has been labelled a perfectionist, and highly self-critical even in victory. He has suffered from clinical depression, and had drugs and alcohol–related problems in his early career. In 2011, he started working with the renowned sports psychologist Steve Peters, who has helped him overcome his mood swings. Noted for repeatedly declaring his intention to leave the sport, he took an extended break from snooker during the 2012–13 season and spent time working on a pig farm.

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. O'Sullivan also espouses an interest in Buddhism, having spent many lunchtimes at the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. However, he denies having a firm commitment to any religion.

O'Sullivan is a keen football fan and a supporter of Arsenal. He enjoys motor racing and has appeared on Top Gear. He is a keen runner, with 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. He enjoys cooking, and appeared on BBC's Saturday Kitchen in December 2014.

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

O'Sullivan is a member of the Labour Party, and became the first celebrity to endorse Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 general election.

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

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Ranking 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 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 A
English Open Tournament Not Held 3R W SF 4R
World Open 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 LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 4R 3R F F
UK Championship 2R W QF QF 1R W A QF SF W QF SF 2R 1R QF W 2R SF 1R 2R A QF W A F W W 4R
Scottish Open 2R LQ 3R 1R QF W 2R W 2R 2R 3R QF Tournament Not Held MR Not Held QF QF WD QF
European Masters QF F SF 1R 1R NH 1R Not Held QF W QF 2R A 1R NR Tournament Not Held F A WD A
German Masters Not Held 1R W SF NR Tournament Not Held WD W A LQ QF LQ 1R WD A A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 1R 2R W 1R QF
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 SF
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event A A A 2R
Players Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ WD DNQ 2R DNQ DNQ QF W W DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A A A A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held W DNQ
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 A
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held Ranking Event W W
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held W W WD F F W SF
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 A
Championship League Tournament Not Held A A RR RR A A A WD F A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic LQ SF SF 1R W Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event QF NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters 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.
China Open 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 NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Nescafe Extra Challenge W Tournament Not Held
Benson & Hedges Championship WD W A A A A A A A A A A A NH A A A A Tournament Not Held
Tenball Not Held F Tournament Not Held
Pontins Professional A A QF A A A A A Tournament Not Held
Superstar International Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
China Open Tournament Not Held SF Ranking Event Not Held Ranking Event
Millennium Cup Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held
Champions Cup 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
Euro-Asia Masters Challenge Tournament Not Held RR Tournament Not Held
Power Snooker Tournament Not Held W F Tournament Not Held
Premier League 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
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: 52 (36 titles, 16 runners-up)

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Legend
World Championship (5–1)
UK Championship (7–1)
Other (24–14)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1993 UK Championship Stephen Hendry 10–6
Runner-up 1. 1993 European Open Stephen Hendry 5–9
Winner 2. 1994 British Open James Wattana 9–4
Runner-up 2. 1995 Thailand Open James Wattana 6–9
Runner-up 3. 1995 British Open John Higgins 6–9
Winner 3. 1996 Asian Classic Brian Morgan 9–8
Winner 4. 1996 German Open Alain Robidoux 9–7
Winner 5. 1997 UK Championship Stephen Hendry 10–6
Winner 6. 1998 Scottish Open John Higgins 9–5
Winner 7. 1999 China Open Stephen Lee 9–2
Winner 8. 2000 Scottish Open Mark Williams 9–1
Runner-up 4. 2000 Grand Prix Mark Williams 5–9
Winner 9. 2000 China Open Mark Williams 9–3
Winner 10. 2001 World Snooker Championship John Higgins 18–14
Winner 11. 2001 UK Championship Ken Doherty 10–1
Winner 12. 2003 European Open Stephen Hendry 9–6
Winner 13. 2003 Irish Masters John Higgins 10–9
Runner-up 5. 2003 British Open Stephen Hendry 6–9
Winner 14. 2004 Welsh Open Steve Davis 9–8
Winner 15. 2004 World Snooker Championship Graeme Dott 18–8
Winner 16. 2004 Grand Prix Ian McCulloch 9–5
Winner 17. 2005 Welsh Open Stephen Hendry 9–8
Winner 18. 2005 Irish Masters Matthew Stevens 10–8
Runner-up 6. 2005 Grand Prix John Higgins 2–9
Runner-up 7. 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy Ding Junhui 6–9
Runner-up 8. 2007 Grand Prix Marco Fu 6–9
Winner 19. 2007 UK Championship Stephen Maguire 10–2
Runner-up 9. 2008 Welsh Open Mark Selby 8–9
Winner 20. 2008 World Snooker Championship Ali Carter 18–8
Winner 21. 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy Dave Harold 9–3
Runner-up 10. 2008 Shanghai Masters Ricky Walden 8–10
Winner 22. 2009 Shanghai Masters Liang Wenbo 10–5
Runner-up 11. 2010 World Open Neil Robertson 1–5
Winner 23. 2012 German Masters Stephen Maguire 9–7
Winner 24. 2012 World Snooker Championship Ali Carter 18–11
Winner 25. 2013 World Snooker Championship Barry Hawkins 18–12
Winner 26. 2014 Welsh Open Ding Junhui 9–3
Runner-up 12. 2014 World Snooker Championship Mark Selby 14–18
Winner 27. 2014 UK Championship Judd Trump 10–9
Winner 28. 2016 Welsh Open Neil Robertson 9–5
Runner-up 13. 2016 European Masters Judd Trump 8–9
Runner-up 14. 2016 UK Championship Mark Selby 7–10
Winner 29. 2017 English Open Kyren Wilson 9–2
Winner 30. 2017 Shanghai Masters Judd Trump 10–3
Winner 31. 2017 UK Championship Shaun Murphy 10–5
Winner 32. 2018 World Grand Prix Ding Junhui 10–3
Winner 33. 2018 Players Championship Shaun Murphy 10–4
Runner-up 15. 2018 Northern Ireland Open Judd Trump 7–9
Winner 34. 2018 UK Championship Mark Allen 10–6
Winner 35. 2019 Players Championship Neil Robertson 10–4
Winner 36. 2019 Tour Championship Neil Robertson 13–11
Runner-up 16. 2019 Northern Ireland Open Judd Trump 7–9
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2010 Players Tour Championship – Event 4 Barry Pinches 3–4
Winner 1. 2011 Players Tour Championship – Event 1 Joe Perry 4–0
Winner 2. 2011 Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy Matthew Stevens 4–2
Runner-up 2. 2011 Antwerp Open Judd Trump 3–4
Winner 3. 2013 Paul Hunter Classic Gerard Greene 4–0
Runner-up 3. 2013 Antwerp Open Mark Selby 3–4
Legend
The Masters (7–6)
Champion of Champions (3–2)
Premier League (10–1)
Other (13–8)
Disqualified (1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1993 Nescafe Extra Challenge James Wattana Round-Robin
Winner 2. 1993 Benson and Hedges Championship John Lardner 9–6
Winner 3. 1995 The Masters John Higgins 9–3
Winner 4. 1996 Charity Challenge John Higgins 9–6
Runner-up 1. 1996 The Masters Stephen Hendry 5–10
Runner-up 2. 1997 Charity Challenge Stephen Hendry 8–9
Runner-up 3. 1997 The Masters Steve Davis 8–10
Winner 5. 1997 European League Stephen Hendry 10–8
Winner 6. 1997 Superstar International Jimmy White 5–3
Runner-up 4. 1998 Charity Challenge John Higgins 8–9
Disqualified 1998 Irish Masters Ken Doherty 9–3
Winner 7. 1998 Scottish Masters John Higgins 9–7
Runner-up 5. 1999 Charity Challenge John Higgins 4–9
Runner-up 6. 1999 Millennium Cup Stephen Lee 2–7
Winner 8. 2000 Champions Cup Mark Williams 7–5
Winner 9. 2000 Scottish Masters Stephen Hendry 9–6
Winner 10. 2001 Irish Masters Stephen Hendry 9–8
Winner 11. 2001 Premier League Stephen Hendry 9–7
Runner-up 7. 2001 Scottish Masters John Higgins 6–9
Winner 12. 2002 Premier League John Higgins 9–4
Winner 13. 2002 Scottish Masters John Higgins 9–4
Runner-up 8. 2004 The Masters Paul Hunter 9–10
Winner 14. 2005 The Masters John Higgins 10–3
Winner 15. 2005 (May) Premier League Mark Williams 6–0
Winner 16. 2005 (Dec) Premier League Stephen Hendry 6–0
Runner-up 9. 2006 The Masters John Higgins 9–10
Winner 17. 2006 Premier League Jimmy White 7–0
Winner 18. 2007 The Masters Ding Junhui 10–3
Winner 19. 2007 Kilkenny Irish Masters Barry Hawkins 9–1
Winner 20. 2007 Premier League John Higgins 7–4
Winner 21. 2008 Premier League Mark Selby 7–2
Winner 22. 2008 Hamm Invitational Barry Hawkins 6–2
Winner 23. 2009 The Masters Mark Selby 10–8
Runner-up 10. 2009 Premier League Shaun Murphy 3–7
Runner-up 11. 2010 The Masters Mark Selby 9–10
Winner 24. 2010 Premier League Shaun Murphy 7–1
Winner 25. 2011 Premier League Ding Junhui 7–1
Winner 26. 2013 Champion of Champions Stuart Bingham 10–8
Winner 27. 2014 The Masters Mark Selby 10–4
Winner 28. 2014 Champion of Champions Judd Trump 10–7
Runner-up 12. 2015 World Grand Prix Judd Trump 7–10
Winner 29. 2016 The Masters Barry Hawkins 10–1
Runner-up 13. 2016 Championship League Judd Trump 2–3
Runner-up 14. 2016 Champion of Champions John Higgins 7–10
Winner 30. 2017 The Masters Joe Perry 10–7
Runner-up 15. 2017 Hong Kong Masters Neil Robertson 3–6
Runner-up 16. 2017 Champion of Champions Shaun Murphy 8–10
Winner 31. 2018 Shanghai Masters Barry Hawkins 11–9
Winner 32. 2018 Champion of Champions Kyren Wilson 10–9
Runner-up 17. 2019 The Masters Judd Trump 4–10
Winner 33. 2019 Shanghai Masters Shaun Murphy 11–9
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 1995 Tenball Jimmy White 1–3
Winner 1. 2010 Power Snooker Ding Junhui
Runner-up 2. 2011 Power Snooker Martin Gould
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2015 Pink Ribbon Darryn Walker 4–2
Outcome No. Year Championship Team Opponent Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2000 Nations Cup  England  Wales 6–4
Winner 2. 2017 CVB Snooker Challenge  Great Britain  China 26–9
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 1987 Pontins Junior Open Rod Lawler 0–3
Winner 1. 1989 British Under-16 Championship Andy Hicks 3–1
Runner-up 2. 1991 English Amateur Championship Steve Judd 10–13
Winner 2. 1991 IBSF World Under-21 Championship Patrick Delsemme 11–4
Winner 3. 1991 Junior Pot Black Declan Murphy 2–0
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
Career total end of 2018/2019 Season (after 2019 World Snooker Championship)
(million, to the nearest £100,000)
£10.8m
Career total
(million, to the nearest £100,000)
£11.1m
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General info
Player seasons
UK Championship wins
The Masters wins
World Championship wins
World snooker champions
Early events
Match-play
Challenges
Knock-outs
Crucible era
WPBSA world number one snooker players
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World Championship (5–1)
UK Championship (7–1)
Other (24–14)
Winner 1. 1993 UK Championship Stephen Hendry 10–6
Runner-up 1. 1993 European Open Stephen Hendry 5–9
Winner 2. 1994 British Open James Wattana 9–4
Runner-up 2. 1995 Thailand Open James Wattana 6–9
Runner-up 3. 1995 British Open John Higgins 6–9
Winner 3. 1996 Asian Classic Brian Morgan 9–8
Winner 4. 1996 German Open Alain Robidoux 9–7
Winner 5. 1997 UK Championship Stephen Hendry 10–6
Winner 6. 1998 Scottish Open John Higgins 9–5
Winner 7. 1999 China Open Stephen Lee 9–2
Winner 8. 2000 Scottish Open Mark Williams 9–1
Runner-up 4. 2000 Grand Prix Mark Williams 5–9
Winner 9. 2000 China Open Mark Williams 9–3
Winner 10. 2001 World Snooker Championship John Higgins 18–14
Winner 11. 2001 UK Championship Ken Doherty 10–1
Winner 12. 2003 European Open Stephen Hendry 9–6
Winner 13. 2003 Irish Masters John Higgins 10–9
Runner-up 5. 2003 British Open Stephen Hendry 6–9
Winner 14. 2004 Welsh Open Steve Davis 9–8
Winner 15. 2004 World Snooker Championship Graeme Dott 18–8
Winner 16. 2004 Grand Prix Ian McCulloch 9–5
Winner 17. 2005 Welsh Open Stephen Hendry 9–8
Winner 18. 2005 Irish Masters Matthew Stevens 10–8
Runner-up 6. 2005 Grand Prix John Higgins 2–9
Runner-up 7. 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy Ding Junhui 6–9
Runner-up 8. 2007 Grand Prix Marco Fu 6–9
Winner 19. 2007 UK Championship Stephen Maguire 10–2
Runner-up 9. 2008 Welsh Open Mark Selby 8–9
Winner 20. 2008 World Snooker Championship Ali Carter 18–8
Winner 21. 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy Dave Harold 9–3
Runner-up 10. 2008 Shanghai Masters Ricky Walden 8–10
Winner 22. 2009 Shanghai Masters Liang Wenbo 10–5
Runner-up 11. 2010 World Open Neil Robertson 1–5
Winner 23. 2012 German Masters Stephen Maguire 9–7
Winner 24. 2012 World Snooker Championship Ali Carter 18–11
Winner 25. 2013 World Snooker Championship Barry Hawkins 18–12
Winner 26. 2014 Welsh Open Ding Junhui 9–3
Runner-up 12. 2014 World Snooker Championship Mark Selby 14–18
Winner 27. 2014 UK Championship Judd Trump 10–9
Winner 28. 2016 Welsh Open Neil Robertson 9–5
Runner-up 13. 2016 European Masters Judd Trump 8–9
Runner-up 14. 2016 UK Championship Mark Selby 7–10
Winner 29. 2017 English Open Kyren Wilson 9–2
Winner 30. 2017 Shanghai Masters Judd Trump 10–3
Winner 31. 2017 UK Championship Shaun Murphy 10–5
Winner 32. 2018 World Grand Prix Ding Junhui 10–3
Winner 33. 2018 Players Championship Shaun Murphy 10–4
Runner-up 15. 2018 Northern Ireland Open Judd Trump 7–9
Winner 34. 2018 UK Championship Mark Allen 10–6
Winner 35. 2019 Players Championship Neil Robertson 10–4
Winner 36. 2019 Tour Championship Neil Robertson 13–11
Runner-up 16. 2019 Northern Ireland Open Judd Trump 7–9
Runner-up 1. 2010 Players Tour Championship – Event 4 Barry Pinches 3–4
Winner 1. 2011 Players Tour Championship – Event 1 Joe Perry 4–0
Winner 2. 2011 Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy Matthew Stevens 4–2
Runner-up 2. 2011 Antwerp Open Judd Trump 3–4
Winner 3. 2013 Paul Hunter Classic Gerard Greene 4–0
Runner-up 3. 2013 Antwerp Open Mark Selby 3–4
The Masters (7–6)
Champion of Champions (3–2)
Premier League (10–1)
Other (13–8)
Disqualified (1)
Winner 1. 1993 Nescafe Extra Challenge James Wattana Round-Robin
Winner 2. 1993 Benson and Hedges Championship John Lardner 9–6
Winner 3. 1995 The Masters John Higgins 9–3
Winner 4. 1996 Charity Challenge John Higgins 9–6
Runner-up 1. 1996 The Masters Stephen Hendry 5–10
Runner-up 2. 1997 Charity Challenge Stephen Hendry 8–9
Runner-up 3. 1997 The Masters Steve Davis 8–10
Winner 5. 1997 European League Stephen Hendry 10–8
Winner 6. 1997 Superstar International Jimmy White 5–3
Runner-up 4. 1998 Charity Challenge John Higgins 8–9
Disqualified 1998 Irish Masters Ken Doherty 9–3
Winner 7. 1998 Scottish Masters John Higgins 9–7
Runner-up 5. 1999 Charity Challenge John Higgins 4–9
Runner-up 6. 1999 Millennium Cup Stephen Lee 2–7
Winner 8. 2000 Champions Cup Mark Williams 7–5
Winner 9. 2000 Scottish Masters Stephen Hendry 9–6
Winner 10. 2001 Irish Masters Stephen Hendry 9–8
Winner 11. 2001 Premier League Stephen Hendry 9–7
Runner-up 7. 2001 Scottish Masters John Higgins 6–9
Winner 12. 2002 Premier League John Higgins 9–4
Winner 13. 2002 Scottish Masters John Higgins 9–4
Runner-up 8. 2004 The Masters Paul Hunter 9–10
Winner 14. 2005 The Masters John Higgins 10–3
Winner 15. 2005 (May) Premier League Mark Williams 6–0
Winner 16. 2005 (Dec) Premier League Stephen Hendry 6–0
Runner-up 9. 2006 The Masters John Higgins 9–10
Winner 17. 2006 Premier League Jimmy White 7–0
Winner 18. 2007 The Masters Ding Junhui 10–3
Winner 19. 2007 Kilkenny Irish Masters Barry Hawkins 9–1
Winner 20. 2007 Premier League John Higgins 7–4
Winner 21. 2008 Premier League Mark Selby 7–2
Winner 22. 2008 Hamm Invitational Barry Hawkins 6–2
Winner 23. 2009 The Masters Mark Selby 10–8
Runner-up 10. 2009 Premier League Shaun Murphy 3–7
Runner-up 11. 2010 The Masters Mark Selby 9–10
Winner 24. 2010 Premier League Shaun Murphy 7–1
Winner 25. 2011 Premier League Ding Junhui 7–1
Winner 26. 2013 Champion of Champions Stuart Bingham 10–8
Winner 27. 2014 The Masters Mark Selby 10–4
Winner 28. 2014 Champion of Champions Judd Trump 10–7
Runner-up 12. 2015 World Grand Prix Judd Trump 7–10
Winner 29. 2016 The Masters Barry Hawkins 10–1
Runner-up 13. 2016 Championship League Judd Trump 2–3
Runner-up 14. 2016 Champion of Champions John Higgins 7–10
Winner 30. 2017 The Masters Joe Perry 10–7
Runner-up 15. 2017 Hong Kong Masters Neil Robertson 3–6
Runner-up 16. 2017 Champion of Champions Shaun Murphy 8–10
Winner 31. 2018 Shanghai Masters Barry Hawkins 11–9
Winner 32. 2018 Champion of Champions Kyren Wilson 10–9
Runner-up 17. 2019 The Masters Judd Trump 4–10
Winner 33. 2019 Shanghai Masters Shaun Murphy 11–9
Runner-up 1. 1995 Tenball Jimmy White 1–3
Winner 1. 2010 Power Snooker Ding Junhui
Runner-up 2. 2011 Power Snooker Martin Gould
Winner 1. 2015 Pink Ribbon Darryn Walker 4–2
Winner 1. 2000 Nations Cup  England  Wales 6–4
Winner 2. 2017 CVB Snooker Challenge  Great Britain  China 26–9
Runner-up 1. 1987 Pontins Junior Open Rod Lawler 0–3
Winner 1. 1989 British Under-16 Championship Andy Hicks 3–1
Runner-up 2. 1991 English Amateur Championship Steve Judd 10–13
Winner 2. 1991 IBSF World Under-21 Championship Patrick Delsemme 11–4
Winner 3. 1991 Junior Pot Black Declan Murphy 2–0
2017/2018 season total earnings 868,000
Career total end of 2017/2018 Season
(million to the nearest £100,000)
£9.8m
Career total end of 2018/2019 Season (after 2019 World Snooker Championship)
(million, to the nearest £100,000)
£10.8m
Career total
(million, to the nearest £100,000)
£11.1m
General info
Player seasons
UK Championship wins
The Masters wins
World Championship wins
Early events
Match-play
Challenges
Knock-outs
Crucible era
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http://www.history.co.uk/biographies/ronnie-osullivan
https://web.archive.org/web/20170909053827/http://www.history.co.uk/biographies/ronnie-osullivan
http://www.worldsnooker.com/players/ronnie-osullivan/
https://web.archive.org/web/20170908002845/http://www.worldsnooker.com/players/ronnie-osullivan/
http://www.worldsnooker.com/wpbsa/official-147s/
https://web.archive.org/web/20161121161058/http://www.worldsnooker.com/wpbsa/official-147s/
https://www.bbc.com/sport/snooker/46501187
https://web.archive.org/web/20181210092849/https://www.bbc.com/sport/snooker/46501187
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/45541687
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