Ronnie O’Sullivan leaves World Championship notwithstanding superb 146

Ronnie O’Sullivan left the snooker World Championship notwithstanding making another thrilling Crucible moment.

Ding Junhui dared to claim the scalp of the five-time champion, as he won 13-10 and managed to set up a clash with Mark Selby in the semi-finals, which is a repeat of the previous year’s final match-up.

When fighting back Ronnie made an exciting 146 break, which turns to be the third in World Championship history.

Twenty years ago, O’Sullivan managed to pocket up to £165,000 for a World Championship maximum, which took no more five minutes and 20 seconds, though in 2017 his trophy would have been a relatively moderate or to be exact – £15,000.

At the previous year’s Welsh Open, Ronnie managed to turn down a maximum, having learnt the trophy accounted for £12,000.

As he confessed he didn’t expect the trophy to worthy of a 147.  Barry Hearn, World Snooker chairman had him criticized for this.