Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan says claiming Home Nations jackpot is like ‘looking for a needle in a haystack’
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 October 2017
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Romford-based potter completed first part of possible quadruple by winning English Open on Sunday
Winning all four Home Nations events and clinching a £1million jackpot is like looking for a needle in a haystack according to Ronnie O’Sullivan
The Romford-based cueist put on a classy performance to sweep aside Kyren Wilson in the English Open final in Barnsley 9-2 to complete the first part of a possible quadruple.
O’Sullivan will win the seven-figure sum if he’s triumphant in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland and The Rocket believes the task is not to be discarded.
“Of course it’s do-able. Whether I think it will happen, probably not, but it’s good to talk about,” he said.
“You’ve got to be in it to win it. I don’t think it’s possible, but realistically it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”
O’Sullivan registered an incredible 98 per cent pot success as he produced his biggest winning margin in a ranking final since beating Stephen Maguire in the UK Championship in 2007.
Opening up with a blistering 115, O’Sullivan rounded off the eighth frame in under seven minutes to open up a 6-2 lead at the interval, completing the demolition with back-to-back century breaks to take his tournament tally to 12.
The win brings up O’Sullivan’s 29th ranking title, and first since February 2016, to surpass Steve Davis’ total – the man whose trophy now sits in the 41-year-old’s cabinet.
“Records don’t really float my boat but what will stay with me is the clearance I did at 6-2, I thought that was a really good clearance,” he added.
“When you’re involved in really good matches, it’s the memories for me. I’m not a numbers man or a stats man, I’m not impressed by that.
“I wasn’t surprised I haven’t won at a ranking event for a while. I took my eye off the ball and my game was a bit in and out.
“I am enjoying the challenge of hanging in there against these young players, but you play well if you have to.
• Watch the English Open LIVE on Eurosport 1 and Quest, featuring daily studio analysis from Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.
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