RONNIE O’Sullivan booked his place in the quarter-finals of the UK Championship in breathtaking style – hitting his 13th career 147 maximum.
The four-times UK Championship winner saved the best til last in his last 16 tie against Matthew Selt as a stunning maximum was the icing on the cake of a brushing 6-0 win.
O’Sullivan will win a £40,000 bonus from the rolling 147 prize pot, plus the £4,000 high break prize if nobody else fails to match it during the remainder of the tournament.
It’s the third consecutive year that a 147 has been made in the final stages here in York. John Higgins made one in 2012 and Mark Selby last year.
O’Sullivan, who started the tournament with a broken ankle, has previously said this week he is enjoying the most successful spell of his career and it certainly showed with a ruthless display which also included breaks of 76, 61 and 89.
“I’m lucky that I’m able to play to such a level and perform like that,” he said.
“I don’t think there are many sports people that feel that feeling in their job. So I feel extra lucky and special that I’m able to create the great moments.
“147s definitely still excite me and get the adrenaline going. I already had the record at 12 and I thought someone will have to go far to beat that, but it’s always nice to add to that and make it more difficult for someone to reach.
“The fans will go home and feel like they want to come back and watch another snooker game. I feel like I’ve done my job to make people want to come back and watch snooker again.
“I was shaking like a leaf at the end – the blue just about went in and on the pink I was shaking but I hit it good. I celebrated before the black because I thought I can’t really miss. Although Ken Doherty missed one once so I thought don’t make yourself look stupid.”
O’Sullivan will face Scotland’s Anthony McGill tomorrow (Friday) for a place in the semi-finals.
Elsewhere today,Stephen Maguire edged closer to his first major ranking title since winning the Welsh Open last year after he ended David Morris’ fine run with a 6-3 win.
Maguire led 3-1 at the interval, thanks to a top break of 108. Morris hit back to win the next two to draw level, with a 90 break in the fifth.
But Maguire, who won the UK Championship ten years ago, saw out the win by taking the next three with breaks of 41, 74 and 41.
Earlier in the day Judd Trump continued to mean business at the bottom half of the draw as he defeated Rod Lawler 6-3.
And Marco Fu ended Shaun Murphy’s fine winning run with a final frame decider win after potting the final colours – completing an impressive comeback from 5-3 down.
UK Championship 2014 – Quarter-Finals
Graeme DOTT v Stuart BINGHAM
Anthony McGILL v Ronnie O’SULLIVAN
Mark DAVIS v Judd TRUMP
Marco FU v Stephen MAGUIRE