Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rejuvenated Ronnie powers to PTC title

Ronnie O'Sullivan put a huge stamp on the new snooker season by claiming the first title at a canter.

It was a case of Rocket by name, rocket by nature as he made eight centuries across his seven PTC1 matches including two in his storming 52-minute win against Joe Perry in the final.

He also beat Joe Jogia, Stuart Bingham, Martin Gould, Bjorn Haneveer, Andy Hicks and Mike Hallett en route to victory, leaving the rest of the field in his wake.

After an indifferent last campaign which saw him drop down to as low as 11th in the world rankings, there were huge question marks hanging over what the new season would bring.

But his legion of fans can go away from this first event in Sheffield knowing he's very much in the groove.

Ronnie took a huge step towards rejuvenating his passion for the sport just ahead of the World Championship, in my opinion, when he recruited the help Dr. Steve Peters. This had an almost instant impact as he showed a much better level of application for the Crucible, where he made the quarter-finals.

He's carried on that progress to lift the first piece of silverware of the season, as well as bag £10,000 prize money and vital ranking points in his bid to retain top 16 status.

This win just shows that when Ronnie is left to his devices to play snooker, he has still got the game. But the test will now come to see whether he can maintain this level of focus and play.

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