Ronnie O’sullivan gets dumped from the World Championship
Ronnie O’sullivan has suffered the biggest upset of his career being knocked out by 23 year old amateur James Cahill in the first round of the World Championship.
Cahill is the first amateur to ever qualify for the tournament, and happens to be the nephew of one Stephen Hendry, who won the competition a record seven times.
The Ice Man’s blood must have been running through his veins as the match finished 10-8 to Cahill, a 500/1 outsider, producing the largest upset ever at the crucible.
O’Sullivan fell 5-4 down after the first evening of play in a new longer format, and the start of play the following day he fell 8-5 behind and looked rattled
The rocket managed to find some form after that, with breaks of 104 and 89 to equalise the 23 year old amateur. He also looked set to go 9-8 up but missed a handful of easy balls and could not capitalise a final pink.
This let Cahill in to take the lead and ultimately the match.
After, Cahill said “I scored a good pressure 70 to go 6-5 up and after that i felt like he was the one under pressure. He did not want to lose to me.”
The rookie, goes on to play Stephen Maguire in the second round, but none will get sweeter than this for the record breaking amateur.