Eye of the Tiger for ‘Rocket’

The 1/14 competition outright favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan has compared himself to world number one golfer Tiger Woods as he prepares to take a 10-7 frame lead against Barry Hawkins into the final day of play at the World Championships in Sheffield.

The 37-year-old has breezed his way through to the final at the Crucible and has produced some of the snooker of the tournament so far.

However, O’Sullivan has admitted this could be his last World Championships and, as he goes in search of his fifth title in the tournament, the Englishman has insisted he is seriously considering calling time on his professional career in the near future.

‘The Rocket’ has never been short of confidence, and, as he looks to finish the job against Hawkins (8/1 World Championship outright) on Monday, O’Sullivan believes he draws crowds to the game like Woods does in golf.

He said: “When Tiger Woods had his time out, I didn’t want to watch golf unless Tiger was playing.

“In some ways, I think that’s what people would like from me: to play, whether I win or lose.”

O’Sullivan has threatened to quit on numerous occasions in the past but now the Essex star is just frames away from becoming the first player since 1996 when Stephen Hendry claimed back-to-back titles.

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