Who: Ronnie O’Sullivan
What: Won sixth Snooker Masters title
When: 17 January 2016
Ronnie O’Sullivan on 17 January 2016 won his sixth Snooker Masters title after defeating Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the final at the Alexandra Palace in London.
O’Sullivan had previously won the event in 1995, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014, equalling the record set by Stephen Hendry.
About Ronnie O’Sullivan
• Ronald Antonio O’Sullivan is an English professional snooker player.
• He is one of the most successful players in the sport’s modern era.
• He is regarded by many commentators as the most naturally gifted player in snooker history, and is frequently described as a genius.
• He is also noted for his mercurial temperament and for his ambivalent relationship with the sport, from which he has repeatedly threatened to retire.
• He made his first century break at the age of 10.
• His first maximum break came at age 15.
• He turned professional in 1992 and soon earned the nickname The Rocket because of his rapid playing style.
• He achieved his first major professional success when he won the 1993 UK Championship at the age of 17 years and 358 days, making him the youngest player ever to win a ranking title.
• He is also the youngest player to have won the Masters.
• He holds the record for the most competitive century breaks, with 807.
• He also holds the record for the most ratified maximum breaks in professional competition and for the three fastest competitive maximum breaks, the quickest in 5 minutes and 20 seconds.
About Snooker Masters
• The Masters is a professional invitational snooker tournament.
• The tournament is held every year since 1975.
• It is the second longest running tournament behind the World Championship.
• It is one of the Triple Crown events. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious tournaments on the circuit.
• Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry hold the record for the most Masters titles, each having won the tournament six times.