Ronnie O’Sullivan became the principle man to attain 1,000 career centuries as he sealed a 10-4 need over Neil Robertson within the Players Championship final.
The 5-time world champion went into the match needing three extra centuries to attain four figures.
He made two in taking a 7-2 lead on the stay of the principle session in Preston and completed the landmark with a 134 to abet his title.
Stephen Hendry (775) and John Higgins (745) are the most though-provoking others to pass 700.
In trademark O’Sullivan fashion, he paused and evenly switched the cue to his left hand before sinking the milestone-clinching red.
His achievement became as soon as raucously current by the Preston Guild Corridor crowd, which offered sustained applause as he cleared the desk to originate history.
O’Sullivan’s clearance of 141 would salvage earned him an additional £5,000 for the match’s most realistic likely atomize – denying Robertson that accolade – but the cue ball trickled into the middle pocket to grab that honour away.
It became as soon as O’Sullivan’s 35th title – his first came on the identical venue in 1993.
|Most career centuries|
|1,000 Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng)|
|775 Stephen Hendry (Sco)|
|745 John Higgins (Sco)|
|621 Neil Robertson (Aus)|
The 43-300 and sixty five days-ragged became as soon as in masterful abet an eye on from the 2nd Robertson went in off after potting the blue within the early phases of the opening frame.
He became as soon as no longer even disrupted by twice having to present an explanation for referee Terry Camilleri that the sunless had been positioned attend on its pickle incorrectly in frame two.
Robertson scored easiest 35 factors within the four frames before the mid-session interval, with a most realistic likely atomize of 25.
In his fiftieth career final, O’Sullivan looked attach to originate it 5-0 when on a 50 atomize, easiest to fail to spot a red into the centre, banging the desk in frustration. A 65 helped Robertson to chalk up his first frame.
But O’Sullivan took the following with a dazzling 116, his fiftieth century of the season, while in frame seven a three-ball plant ended in a 56 and a 6-1 advantage.
Robertson made a 78 to need frame eight, the most though-provoking one of the most session throughout which O’Sullivan didn’t originate a 50 or extra, but the Rocket moved to within one of the most landmark with a ideal 105.
When the match resumed within the evening session, Robertson made a 120 whole clearance along with his 63rd century of the season within the opening frame.
Having made a 90, which ended with a complex passed over red along the cushion with the rest, O’Sullivan fittingly coincided the landmark with the stay of the match.
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