Masters snooker: don’t write off misfiring Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been in the headlines yet again in recent weeks and, as you’d expect from the controversial figure, it’s got nothing to do with his brilliance on the baize.

O’Sullivan has been fined by the snooker authorities for what was deemed an inappropriate tweet about the Ryan Giggs and Imogen Thomas scandal and prior to that he was once again reiterating his desire to retire from the game sooner rather than later.

Following his defeat to Judd Trump in the UK Championship back in December after yet another disappointing performance, he declared that he couldn’t see himself playing for much longer.

However, the three-times world champion will definitely be lining up for the Masters later this week and it could be the tournament to rekindle his love of the game.

‘The Rocket’ has a brilliant record in the competition and has won the title on four occasions.

However, that only that only tells half the story and even when he hasn’t gone all the way, he has progressed to the latter stages with startling regularity.

As well as his four wins he has been the losing finalist five times and has only failed to get beyond the first round twice in the past ten years.

O’Sullivan is currently the 6/1 joint second favourite along with Trump to win the title and, as always, it’s impossible to ignore the current World No. 16.

He did lose in the first round last year though and faces a tough opening game against defending champion Ding Junhui this year so, if you fancy O’Sullivan’s poor form to continue, then Ding can be backed at 11/8 to win the game.