The Rocket made history in January at Alexandra Palace. He eclipsed Stephen Hendry’s six Masters titles by beating Joe Perry 10-7 to clinch snooker’s most prestigious invitational crown for a seventh time.
His run at the 2017 World Championship was ended after a magnificent quarter-final with Ding Junhui. The Rocket compiled a sublime 146 break during the match, but China’s number one progressed 13-10.
O’Sullivan secured his 28th ranking event crown at the 2016 Welsh Open in Cardiff. His run to the final included a 5-1 demolition of Mark Selby. In the final he trailed 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson 5-2 before a magnificent blitz of frames saw the ‘Rocket’ run out a 9-5 winner.
He also claimed a record equaling sixth Masters title at the Alexandra Palace in January 2016. After defeating Mark Williams, Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham. O’Sullivan then sealed the tournament crown with a 10-1 demolition of Barry Hawkins.
He did lose out to Hawkins in an epic last 16 clash at the Crucible. Hawkins led 12-9 before O’Sullivan clawed himself back with breaks of 124, 88 and 63 to level at 12-12. However, Hawkins held his nerve in the decider, to edge a 13-12 win.
O’Sullivan enjoyed a tremendous purple patch during the first half of the 2014/15 season, winning two events back-to-back. He beat Judd Trump 10-7 in a high-quality final at the Champion of Champions. The ‘Rocket’ also got the better of Trump at the UK Championships. He was pegged back from 9-4 to 9-9, but held his nerve in the decider to seal a fifth UK Championship win.
The Englishman won the 2013 World Championships despite taking virtually a whole year away from competitive snooker, making six centuries in an 18-12 win over Hawkins in the final. That made him the first player since Stephen Hendry to retain the title, having beaten Ali Carter 18-11 in the 2012 final.
O’Sullivan first won the World title in 2001 when he beat John Higgins 18-14, his second came in 2004 when he easily saw off Graeme Dott 18-8 and his third in 2008 with an 18-8 defeat of Carter.
He won his first ranking crown at the age of just 17, beating Stephen Hendry 10-6 to win the UK Championship.
Blessed with the rare gift of being able to play to a high standard both left-handed and right-handed, he made the fastest 147 on record at the 1997 World Championship, completing the feat in just 5 minutes and 8 seconds.
Away from snooker, he is a dedicated long distance runner and believes the pastime has helped him enormously in his battle against depression.
O’Sullivan counts artist Damien Hirst among his closest friends and also credits the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters as playing a key role in his recent success.