Ronnie O’Sullivan believes that he is as important to snooker as Tiger Woods is to golf.
With another World title looking increasingly likely, the Liverpool man was clapped and cheered as he entered the Crucible on Sunday night, in a way that only the greatest sportsmen and women are. He compared himself to the American golfer, and said that Wood’s absence from the sport, was similar to O’Sullivan’s own self imposed exile earlier this year:
“When Tiger Woods had his time out, I didn’t want to watch golf unless Tiger was playing,” O’Sullivan said.
“In some ways, I think that’s what people would like from me: to play, whether I win or lose.”
O’Sullivan was a firm favourite going into this weekend’s snooker final, but is something that he has come to expect:
“I suppose for the last ten years I’ve been favourite for most games I’ve been in and I’ve been used to that position.
“But it doesn’t make the games any easier, sometimes it makes it more difficult because obviously if I do lose people will say it’s a big shock.”