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Watch: Ronnie O'Sullivan makes sensational 147 break at the English Open

It’s a 15th career maximum for The Rocket.

O'Sullivan holds the record for 147s.
O'Sullivan holds the record for 147s.
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Just days after labelling the venue of this year’s English Open “a hellhole” that smelt of “urine”, the tournament’s defending champion has shot a magical 147 break. 

Facing Allan Taylor in the second round at Crawley’s K2 Leisure Centre, O’Sullivan eased to a 4-0 victory today. 

Having made a 135 break in the second frame, he went one better to seal the match — producing a record 15th maximum of his professional career. 

“It’s nice to get a 147 for the crowd. Whether it’s a good 147 or a bad 147, in their eyes it’s just a 147 so they’re all happy,” O’Sullivan told BBC Sport.

For me it’s more about piecing together a cue action that is capable of winning tournaments.

“I guess 147s and hundreds make for good soundbites, but for me as a purist it’s always more about feeling like you can win tournaments.”


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