O'Sullivan completes bizarre 147 break
Ronnie O'Sullivan made a 147 break in beating Mark King 3-0 at the World Open - but only after the referee urged him to pot the final black.
O'Sullivan, world champion in 2001, 2004 and 2008, asked match referee Jan Verhaas if there was prize money available for the 147 only a few balls into his break before going on to complete the maximum in around nine minutes.
He potted the final pink before bizarrely shaking hands with King and was set to leave the auditorium before Dutchman Verhaas patted O'Sullivan on the back requesting him to pot the final black for the sake of an expectant crowd at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
O'Sullivan hesitated before smashing the final ball into a bottom bag with the black almost bouncing off the table before disappearing down the hole to the delight of the audience.
Verhaas was officiating when O'Sullivan inexplicably walked out of a semi-final match in the 2006 UK Championship against Stephen Hendry when he was trailing 4-1 to the Scotsman.
'The Rocket' later admitted he was not concerned about making a 147 because there was no cash incentive on offer from World Snooker for the achievement.
There is a highest break prize of £4,000 at the tournament.
"I wasn't going to pot the black because I asked and was told there was no break prize for a 147," O'Sullivan told the BBC.
"What's the point of making a 147 if you're only going to make £4,000?"
O'Sullivan will meet Jimmy White in the fourth round of the World Open after encountering few problems in downing fellow Englishman King.
He won the first frame with breaks of 38 and 75. King failed to take advantage of a poor positional shot in the second frame as O'Sullivan sunk the final blue to edge over the winning line.
A simple missed red in the third frame was King's final mistake of the match as O'Sullivan stepped in to complete the maximum.
O'Sullivan has made 10 maximum breaks in his career. He moves one clear of Hendry, who has rolled in nine 147s.
Alan McManus moved into the last 16 with a gritty 3-2 victory over Matthew Stevens.
With neither men playing at the peak of their powers, McManus, the 1994 Masters champion, won the opening two frames of the match with a couple of modest contributions of 44 and 38.
Break of 52 and 45 saw Stevens win the third frame before he forced a decider with a 48 as McManus managed just 15 points in two frames.
Stevens looked likely to become the first player to recover from trailing 2-0 to win, but a poor positional shot saw him break down on 35.
A couple of timely safety shots gave McManus the chance of a 56 run before a snooker left Stevens in all sorts of trouble.
A couple of missed attempts at the final red boosted McManus's lead before he stepped in to pot the final red and prompt the concession from the disappointed Welshman.
China's Liu Song is also through to the last 16 after a 3-1 win over Leicester's Joe Jogia that included runs of 46, 41 and 107. Jogia's 79 in frame two proved to be no more than a consolation effort.
Jamie Cope won the battle of the Stoke players as he overcame Dave Harold 3-2. Cope won the opener with a 78 before Harold levelled thanks to a run of 94.
Cope moved 2-1 ahead with breaks of 35 and 31 before Harold levelled courtesy of a 45. Cope won a scrappy final frame as Harold failed to take any of the chances that came his way.
Scotland's Marcus Campbell also secured his place in the last 16 with a 3-1 victory over Mike Dunn.