The landmark used to be reached well-liked.
Ronnie O’Sullivan modified into the first participant to assemble 1,000 legit centuries and, in the formulation, wrapped up the match to have interaction the Players Championship in Preston.
“It’s miles a radiant searching fulfillment need to you situation a milestone fancy this,” seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry suggested BBC Sport. “This could occasionally be a diversified one for Ronnie as a end result of it is miles about the device you play the game of snooker and the buzz of making a century break.
“His cue ball help an eye on is better than any diversified participant. He’s in a sure league when it involves positioning the white and that the art work of break-constructing.”
With five World Championships, seven UK Championships and seven Masters titles, O’Sullivan has won extra BBC occasions than any diversified participant – so how build the breaks stack up and also can just the feat ever be repeated?
BBC Sport breaks down the numbers.
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O’Sullivan has played 1,257 fits and averages 0.Seventy nine centuries per match – the glorious moderate of anybody who has played multiple match.
China’s Ding Junhui has the second most productive moderate at 0.64 centuries per match, adopted by Neil Robertson with 0.63. The Australian veteran world champion, beaten by O’Sullivan in Sunday’s final, is the glorious participant to procure 100 centuries in a single season – 103 in 2013-14.
Hendry is next on the checklist at 0.61 and Englishman Judd Trump is at 0.6.
O’Sullivan has played 10,957 frames since turning legit, a hit 9.05% of them with a century break. But fellow Englishman and most modern Masters champion Judd Trump is no longer a long way in the support of, a hit 9.01% of his frames with a ton.
Hendry said: “Judd Trump is quite a bit younger than Ronnie and is sort of on 600 centuries, however Ronnie will situation data that will be very complicated to conquer.
“There are quite a bit extra tournaments to play in so extra alternatives to procure these century breaks.
“Ronnie also can no longer be the glorious one to prevail in 1,000 centuries, however it would defend the others fancy Trump longer to procure there.”
The area’s most productive
*Centuries made in group occasions no longer incorporated in the chart
Closing season used to be O’Sullivan’s most prolific, seeing him assemble 74 centuries en path to a file-equalling five ranking titles in a single campaign.
His lowest return in a season got here in 2012-13, when he sat out the season and played in most productive the World Championship. Remarkably, despite the dearth of match affirm, he won it, making 13 centuries one day of the tournament.
Six of these got here in the closing in opposition to Barry Hawkins, his very top return for a single match, whereas his 166 centuries overall on the Crucible Theatre is extra than any diversified participant.
“Surely, he has one other world title in him,” said Hendry. “You gaze the device many of the diversified avid gamers are rolling over in opposition to him – quite a bit are beaten sooner than they even procure on the desk.
“That is half of the fight, so need to you run to the Crucible with that income over many of the field then clearly it’s good to bask in of enterprise of a hit extra.”
Essentially the most man
One more class whereby O’Sullivan leads the device is most 147 breaks. He has 15 as a legit, adopted by the retired Hendry who has 11. Hendry’s fellow Scot John Higgins is the closest challenger who is still competing – he has nine.
On the 2014 Welsh Birth, O’Sullivan clinched the tournament well-liked, making a most to have interaction the match in opposition to Ding.
He made many of the break alongside with his upright hand sooner than switching to his left, potting the murky and announcing afterwards “this counts as a left-handed 147”.
So what number of extra centuries can O’Sullivan procure?
Hendry said: “Ronnie says he’ll follow it for one other 10 years so if he does then you positively are talking about one other 300-400 centuries that he can presumably procure.
“He would possibly perhaps procure 10 extra maximums in that point, you precise don’t know the device powerful extra he’ll procure.
“He’s hungry for fulfillment and enjoys being the glorious participant on this planet, despite the proven truth that he is no longer ranked there. He’s going to dominate for future years relief.”
Five of O’Sullivan’s most memorable centuries
147 v Mick Impress, 1997 World Championship
Regarded as presumably presumably the most intriguing break in the game’s history, O’Sullivan rattled in a Crucible most in a file-breaking five minutes 20 seconds in his first-spherical match in opposition to the outclassed Impress. No-one – no longer even the ‘Rocket’ himself – has come end to beating it.
113 v Neil Robertson, 2007 Premier League
Within the unlikely surroundings of the Glades Arena in Kidderminster, O’Sullivan executed the great mark of his 500th aggressive century, as he rattled in a 113 en path to a 5-1 engage over the Australian. Two extra centuries all straight away adopted as O’Sullivan wrapped up victory well-liked.
141 v Ali Carter, 2012 World Championship
As ever, O’Sullivan rose to the occasion as he situation a brand new mark for the largest break in a Crucible final. His 141 in the first session in opposition to Ali Carter helped him establish a 10-7 income in a match he went on to have interaction 18-11 to boom his fourth world title.
103 v Barry Hawkins, 2013 World Championship
O’Sullivan rewrote but one other snooker file on the 2013 World Championship. His break of 103 in the 15th frame of the closing in opposition to Barry Hawkins used to be his 128th on the Crucible, eclipsing the mark situation by Hendry. He also modified into the first participant to bag six centuries in a single world final.
146 v Barry Pinches, 2016 Welsh Birth
After potting 14 reds and 13 blacks, O’Sullivan deliberately gave up his shot at a most break by drifting up for the crimson as a substitute. Afterwards he known as the £10,000 on offer “too cheap” for a 147. Snooker chief Barry Hearn responded by calling O’Sullivan’s show “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.
Stats courtesy of CueTracker and Reliable Snooker Blog