Ronnie O’Sullivan has huge snooker goal that ‘he’s not declaring,’ says Jimmy White

Ronnie O’Sullivan is still hungry for titles (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has declared he wants to take his Triple Crown tally to eight of each major event, but Jimmy White reckons he wants to go much further than that and isn’t admitting it.

The Rocket has won more Triple Crown titles than any other player in history, claiming seven World Championships, seven Masters and winning his eighth UK Championship last month.

Speaking to Eurosport ahead of this month’s Masters at Alexandra Palace, the 48-year-old said he liked the near and tidy nature of having seven of each title before his latest win in York and would like to level things up again.

‘It was nice when I had 7, 7, 7, and now I’ve got 7, 7, 8. So it’d be nice to go 8, 8, 8 – the three eights,’ said O’Sullivan.

‘I suppose that’s the sort of motivational thing to try and get another Masters, try and maybe get another Worlds. I said I was happy with one World Championship, one UK, one Masters; over the moon.

‘So, when we start talking about going beyond that, I sort of just see everything as just a bonus really; a nice bit of icing on the cake. 8, 8, 8 – let’s go for it.’

His old pal White is not denying that O’Sullivan wants to get to eight of each title, but the Whirlwind believes the Rocket wants to go way past that mark.

In what would surely be an unbeatable tally, White reckons the world number one wants to make it 10 of each Triple Crown before he puts his cue away for good.

‘He sort of plays it down a bit because he has all the records but he’d love to win 10 of each Triple Crowns and then I think you might see that he might think no one can beat that,’ White said.

‘Listen, he’s going for 10 of each of the Triple Crowns, he’s just not declaring it.’

O’Sullivan got his campaign for an eighth Masters title off the perfect start on Monday with a 6-3 win over Ding Junhui, despite the Chinese superstar making a 147 break along the way.

The Rocket next takes on either Neil Robertson or Barry Hawkins in the quarter-finals on Thursday afternoon.



Snooker’s most prolific Triple Crown winners

Ronnie O’Sullivan – 22 (7 WC, 8 UK, 7 M)
Stephen Hendry – 18 (7 WC, 5 UK, 6 M)
Steve Davis – 15 (6 WC, 6 UK, 3 M)
John Higgins – 9 (4 WC, 3 UK, 2 M)
Mark Selby – 9 (4 WC, 2 UK, 3 M)


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