Ronnie O’Sullivan turned down the opportunity of a 147 break this afternoon because the £10,000 prize on offer simply wasn’t enough.
Playing against Barry Pinches in the Welsh Open earlier today, the five-time world champion had potted 14 reds and 13 blacks, and the maximum looked well and truly on, but he smiled and opted for an easier pink on route to a 146.
During the break, as per the clip above, O’Sullivan can be seen smiling and asking someone out of shot how much the prize money was for achieving the maximum, and obviously wasn’t impressed to find out it was only £10k.
Afterwards O’Sullivan – who has won more that £8 million in prize money during his glittering career – admitted that he could’ve reached 147, and didn’t out of protest at the measly sum on offer, with £2,000 also on offer for the tournament’s highest break.
He said via BBC Sport: “I knew it was £10,000. If it had been more, I’d have gone for the 147.
“I could have done it, but I didn’t think the prize was worthy of a 147. So I’ve tried to let it build up until it’s worthy and then go for it.
“It’s like going into a Mercedes garage and when they say that you can have the car for £3,000, you reply, ‘No way, that’s too cheap. I’m not buying it for that’.
“Certain things have value, and a 147 is a special moment. I want it to feel special all round.
“But the punters still got value for money today. Now they’ve got something more to look forward to. There’s still room for improvement.
“You like to entertain your fans. It’s like a film. You want them to come back and watch the next one.
“There is no point in giving them the best ending they’ve ever had. Leave room for a better ending next time.”
O’Sullivan eventually won the tie 4-1 and will face Tian Pengfei or Ashley Hugill in the second round.