Ronnie O’Sullivan looked in dominant form as he won Group One of Championship League Snooker, and made the 800th century of his career along the way.
The Rocket went undefeated through the group stages and won his semi-final 3-0 over Ricky Walden before beating Robert Milkins 3-0 in the final.
He already holds the record for the most career centuries, having overtaken Stephen Hendry’s mark of 775 a year ago, and ton number 800 came with a 136 against Barry Hawkins in the final match of the group stages. In all, O’Sullivan racked up seven in his eight matches and, despite missing the first few months of the season, looks sharp ahead of next week’s Dafabet Masters.
“It is good to get through,” said the 40-year-old. “I didn’t feel like I played that well but my scoring would suggest otherwise. My focus was good, my mental approach was good and that is probably what held it together.
“My mental skills are good and that keeps me in the game these days, and my ability to score among the balls always gives me a chance. There are areas of my game that need improving if I am to dominate and win how I used to win, but maybe I should be just enjoying this new phase.
“It would be nice if I could bottle the scoring this week and take it to the Masters, but it is a different tournament, a different set-up. I am pleased to have had a few matches and I look forward to getting going in the Masters now.
“800 is a nice milestone to get to. 1000 would be good but I will probably have to play for another three or four years to get that, but we will have a go,” he added.
Taking place at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex, Championship League Snooker features seven players with the winner moving forward to the final all-winners group and the bottom two players leaving the competition.
Milkins, Williams, Walden and Barry Hawkins will be joined on Wednesday by Mark Selby, Judd Trump and Joe Perry as Group Two gets underway.
The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with all matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-0 Ricky Walden
117-5 (94), 82-40 (82, 40), 140-0 (70, 70)
Mark Williams 1-3 Robert Milkins
12-60 (31), 55-68 (55, 60), 73-39 (50, 31), 0-84 (84)
Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-0 Robert Milkins
120-4 (120), 57-33 (O’Sullivan 32), 133-0 (133)