Ronnie O'Sullivan Wins 29th Career Ranking Title in Barnsley
Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 29th career ranking title yesterday in Barnsley by defeating Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the English Open Final.
The victory not only handed O'Sullivan the Steve Davis Trophy and a £70,000 winners cheque but also moved him level with John Higgins in the all-time ranking event winners list. He is still 7 titles short of the great Stephen Hendry however.
All-time Ranking Titles
- Stephen Hendry - 36
- John Higgins - 29
- Ronnie O'Sullivan - 29
- Steve Davis - 28
- Mark Williams - 18
The English Open is the first in a series of four 'home-nations' events. The series of tournaments on UK soil carry an added bonus prize of £1,000,000 if the same player can lift all four tournaments in a season. Of anyone, The Rocket is certainly capable.
O'Sullivan was in superb form in what turned out to be a very one-sided final. He compiled four centuries and a further five breaks over 50.
A stunned Wilson sat and watched as The Rocket rattled off the last 6 frames in around 70 minutes. Incredibly his pot success rate was an amazing 98% throughout the course of the match.
“It is great to win another ranking title. I am my own worst critic at times but it was very, very good today,” said the Rocket. “I made a lot of good and important breaks, and felt good among the balls. I will keep driving myself on to reach a higher level.
“I am enjoying the challenge of hanging in there against these young players, but you play well if you have to – and I know what a good player Kyren is. The foot is ok, I suppose I have to give some credit to the trainers I have been wearing all week.”
For Kyren Wilson it was another disappointment and another chance gone to lift his second ranking title.
Since his 2015 Shanghai Masters win he has now lost in his next three finals to Anthony McGill, Ding Junhui and now Ronnie O'Sullivan.
There is however much more to come from the 25-year-old from Kettering nicknamed 'The Warrior'. He is young enough to still be learning and is already a decent match player, having shown this by already reaching four finals. In the remaining tournaments this season I think he will be in and around the business end on more than a few occasions.
The tour now moves on at the end of this week to the International Championship in China. The first of a further seven tournaments this side of Christmas in what is a very packed schedule.