On This Week: Misfiring Rocket
Snooker historian Chris Turner looks back on Ronnie O'Sullivan's most famous - and most costly - tantrum.
14 December 2006 - RONNIE WALKS AWAY!
Ronnie O’Sullivan famously stormed out of his UK Championship quarter-final match with Stephen Hendry in the middle of the sixth frame while trailing 4-1. The Rocket was later fined £20,800 and docked 900 world ranking points for the incident.
14 December 1986 - DAVIS AND MEO DOUBLES KINGS AGAIN
For the fourth time in the five-year history of the event, Steve Davis and Tony Meo were crowned world doubles champions at the Derngate Centre in Northampton. In the final they beat Mike Hallett and Stephen Hendry 12-3.
14 December 1991 - FIRST TITLE FOR WILKINSON
Gary Wilkinson collected the first major title of his career when he beat Steve Davis 18-11 to win the World Matchplay at the Dome in Doncaster.
14 December 1997 - HIGGINS REGAINS GERMAN OPEN
At the Atlantis Rheinhotel in Bingen, John Higgins regained the German Open title he had first won in 1995 when he defeated John Parrott 9-4 in the final.
15 December 1985 - DAVIS AND MEO WIN DOUBLES TITLE
At Northampton’s Derngate Centre, Steve Davis and Tony Meo regained the world doubles title beating Ray Reardon and Tony Jones 12-5 in the final.
15 December 1990 - WHITE KEEPS MATCHPLAY TITLE
Defending champion Jimmy White successfully defended the World Matchplay title at the Brentwood Centre. In the final he defeated a below-par Stephen Hendry 18-9.
15 December 1996 - RONNIE WINS GERMAN OPEN
At the somewhat unusual venue of a British Army base in Osnabrueck, Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed the German Open title beating Alain Robidoux 9-7 in the final. It was the Canadian’s first and last appearance in a ranking final.
15 December 2002 - WILLIAMS CLAIMS SECOND UK TITLE
Mark Williams won the UK Championship for a second time when he defeated Ken Doherty 10-9 in the final at the Barbican in York. It was the second year running, and the third time in all, that Ken had been runner up in this tournament.
15 December 2007 - ANOTHER MAXIMUM FOR RONNIE
In the deciding frame of his UK Championship semi-final against Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan compiled his eighth maximum break to equal Stephen Hendry's record.
16 December 1984 - 'DREAM TEAM' TAKES DOUBLES TITLE
The pairing of snooker’s two most popular players, Alex Higgins and Jimmy White, proved to be a successful one as they took the world doubles title at the Derngate Centre in Northampton. Having put out the previously unbeaten defending champions Steve Davis and Tony Meo in the semi-finals, they beat Cliff Thorburn and Willie Thorne 10-2 to clinch the title.
16 December 1989 - WHITE CLAIMS WORLD MATCHPLAY
Jimmy White won £100,000 and the World Matchplay title when he defeated John Parrott 18-9 in the final at the Brentwood Centre. It was the second year running that JP had been runner up.
16 December 2001 - THIRD UK FOR RONNIE
At its new home in York’s Barbican Centre, the UK Championship was won for the third time by Ronnie O’Sullivan. He overwhelmed Ken Doherty 10-1 in the final.
16 December 2007 - ANOTHER UK TITLE FOR RONNIE
At the Telford International Centre, Ronnie O’Sullivan secured the UK Championship title with a 10-2 victory over Stephen Maguire. It was his fourth victory in the event.
17 December 1993 - PICHIT WINS ALL-THAI WORLD AMATEUR FINAL
In Karachi, Chuchart Triratanapradit, better known as Tai Pichit, won the IBSF World Amateur title beating fellow countryman, Praput Chaitanasakun (Rom Surin), 11-6.
17 December 2000 - O’SULLIVAN RETAINS CHINA OPEN
Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Mark Williams 9-3 at Mission Hills, Shenzen, to retain his China Open Title.
17 December 2006 - EBDON WINS FIRST UK TITLE
At the Barbican in York, Peter Ebdon beat Stephen Hendry 10-6 to win the UK Championship for the first time. He became the ninth player to have won both the world and UK titles.
18 December 1983 - DAVIS & MEO RETAIN DOUBLES TITLE
For the second year running, Steve Davis and Tony Meo won the world doubles title. They beat Tony Knowles and Jimmy White 10-2 in the final at the Derngate Centre in Northampton.
18 December 1994 - IT’S HENDRY’S EUROPEAN OPEN AGAIN
Stephen Hendry retained the European Open title with a 9-3 victory over twice former champion, John Parrott, at the Het Rool Stadium in Antwerp.
18 December 2006 - DAVIS TURNS BACK THE CLOCK BUT DING TAKES THE TITLE
It was like old times for Steve Davis as he reached the final of the UK Championship for the 10th time - some 15 years after he had last done so. But Davis failed to win a seventh title at the Barbican Centre in York as Ding Junhui beat him 10-6. This was Steve’s 100th major final and it also set a new record for the biggest age gap between two finalists in a ranking event: 29 years, 222 days
19 December 1982 - DAVIS & MEO TAKE DOUBLES TITLE
The inaugural World Doubles Championship, held at the Crystal Palace National Recreation Centre, was won by Steve Davis and Tony Meo who beat Terry Griffiths and Doug Mountjoy 13-2 in the final.
19 December 1983 - THORBURN HONOURED
The 1980 world champion Cliff Thorburn - the only player from outside the British Isles to take the title, and also the first to make a maximum break in the championship - was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his achievements.
19 December 1993 - HENDRY WINS HIS FIRST EUROPEAN OPEN
At the sixth attempt Stephen Hendry was finally able to add the European Open title to his portfolio of victories. At the Arenahal in Antwerp he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-5 in the final.
19 December 1999 - RONNIE WINS IN CHINA
Ronnie O’Sullivan took the China Open title at the JC Mandarin Hotel in Shanghai, defeating Stephen Lee 9-2 in the final.
20 December 1985 - DENNIS IS THE 'CHAMPION WORLD CHAMPION'!
The Kit-Kat Break for world champions, a one-off event featuring all the eight world champions still playing, was won by the reigning world champion, Dennis Taylor who beat his old adversary Steve Davis 9-5 in the final. The other former champions in the field at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, were Fred Davis, John Spencer, Ray Reardon, Alex Higgins, Terry Griffiths and Cliff Thorburn.
20 December 1998 - WILLIAMS WINS IRISH OPEN
The first world ranking event ever to be staged in Ireland, the Irish Open staged at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght just outside Dublin, was won by Mark Williams who beat Alan McManus 9-4 in the final. The event has never been held since.