NEIL ROBERTSON couldn’t hide his delight at Ronnie O’Sullivan sinking the cue ball in his final shot of yesterday’s Players Championship final.
Ronnie O’Sullivan breezed past Robertson at Preston Guild Hall in front of a packed out crowd to win 10-4 on Sunday night.
‘The Rocket’ stole the headlines in the final frame as he recorded his 1000th century break.
O’Sullivan rattled off shot after shot as the fans rose to their feet to cheer on the five-time world champion.
But with the final shot of the match on the black, O’Sullivan ended up fouling by potting the cue ball after sinking the black.
O’Sullivan’s clearance of 141 would have earned him an additional £5,000 for the tournament’s highest break.
However, due to the cue ball going in, Robertson’s previous highest break of 140 stood, meaning he pocketed an extra £5,000 on top of his £50,000 runners-up prize.
Mark Allen, who suffered a 6-0 defeat to O’Sullivan in the semi-final, took to Twitter to congratulate Robertson.
“Well done on a good week mate and winning the high break prize,” tweeted Allen.
And Robertson made no secret of his wish for O’Sullivan to foul on his final shot.
“I willed that white in like you wouldn’t believe!” replied Robertson.
Speaking after the match, O’Sullivan praised the fans, saying: “It’s great for snooker fans all over the world, but those in Preston tonight, they’re lucky.
“It’s a great pleasure for me.”
He then went on to show his class by hailing Robertson after picking up his £125,000 prize.
“This is one of the best venues. When you get top quality players at you quality venues you get top quality snooker.
“As players, we love playing here.”
“Neil’s done that to me before, played brilliantly today and to cap it off with the century is… pwoahhh.
“Snooker’s lucky to have someone like Neil playing the game.
“There’s no other player I’d rather share this moment with, I’ve got respect for you!”