Betfred World Snooker Champion 2020 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed a record 37th ranking event title, an equally unique 20th Triple Crown tournament win, and the small matter of his sixth World Crown
An exultant Sheffield crowd saw Ronnie quickly wrap up the solitary remaining frame needed to confirm an 18-8 victory against gallant runner-up Kyren Wilson. The famous old Crucible arena echoed to the rafters for both players, after a magnificent 17 days of snooker in the steel city.
Joining legends Ray Reardon and Steve Davis on six, only Stephen Hendry, with seven, has won more world titles. 44-year-old O’Sullivan has lifted the sport’s ultimate prize now in three separate decades – a testament to his talent, longevity, and sheer determination.
He’s widely acknowledged as the greatest natural talent ever to have played the game – and now with Hendry’s record in his sights he could go on to render any arguments about the fact superfluous.
It’s the first occasion I can recall for a long time that he didn’t start the tournament as favourite – that honour went to Judd Trump, and the old Crucible Curse did for the reigning champion, as he attempted that most difficult of tasks – a successful defence.
Ronnie didn’t sail along serenely throughout, but tapped into the additional back-class that arguably he alone possesses, whenever it was urgently required.
A thousand thanks to everyone who made it possible for this great competition to take place, and though it was a few months late, the crowds mercifully got in on the act here and there, and the play was sensational.
We’ve had a wonderful 17 days in Sheffield to savour, and the cream most definitely rose to the top in the end.
— BETFRED (@Betfred) August 16, 2020