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‘Rocket’ O’Sullivan blasts to 1,000th century break

Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan became the first snooker player to reach 1,000 career centuries by clinching the Players Championship title with a break of 134.

The five-time world champion from England got to the milestone after switching to play a shot left-handed — to huge cheers from the crowd at Preston Guild Hall. The 43-year-old O’Sullivan won the final 10-4 against Australia’s Neil Robertson. Scotland’s Stephen Hendry, the record seven-time world champion, has the second most career centuries with 775, followed by fellow Scot John Higgins at 745. O’Sullivan had started the week on 994 career centuries and added two more in the opening rounds without managing a century break in a 6-0 semifinal rout of compatriot Mark Allen. It was O’Sullivan’s 35th title, achieved at the same Preston venue where he won his first in 1993 when he beat Hendry in the UK Championship final to become the youngest winner of a ranking event at the age of 17 years and 358 days.


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