Ronnie O’Sullivan secured a place in his fourth consecutive Champion of Champions final after a comfortable semi-final victory over Anthony Hamilton on Friday night – and The Rocket also made history too.
O’Sullivan became the first ever player to have made 900 century breaks in professional snooker during his 6-2 victory over last season’s German Masters winner.
The five-times world champion awaits the winner of Saturday’s semi-final between Shaun Murphy and Luca Brecel. O’Sullivan is just one win away from winning his third Champion of Champions title after winning it back to back in 2013 and 2014.
Sunday’s grand final will see the winner pocket a cheque for £100,000.
And in this form you have to O’Sullivan will be odds on to get his name on that cheque after he coasted through the gears to defeat Hamilton at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
TOP FIVE OF SNOOKER’S CENTURY MAKERS
- Ronnie O’Sullivan 900
- Stephen Hendry 775
- John Higgins 685
- Neil Robertson 521
- Mark Selby 491 (Stats: http://snookerinfo.webs.com/100centuries)
Despite Hamilton winning the first two frames to take a surprise 2-0, O’Sullivan never looked in any trouble of losing the match and soon responded back into the match with a break of 124 – his 899th century break of his career.
O’Sullivan then dominated the next frame as a break of 74 levelled the scores and he then had the crowd cheering in the fifth frame when he made the milestone 900th century break to take a 3-2 lead.
It was then plain sailing for O’Sullivan who won the next three frames without any real threat from Hamilton to secure a 6-2 win.
O’Sullivan is now one win away from lifting his second major title of the season after winning the English Open last month.