Ronnie O'Sullivan produced a magical 147 in the first round of the World Championship in 1997 but his loss in the very next round left the now six-time world champion pondering where he needed to improve his game.
The Rocket produced the record run in a 10-6 first-round match against Mick Price, and told Colin Murray on Ronnie O’Sullivan: The Joy of Six that the money he earned for that breaks – some £147,000 - was a massive payday.

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“The 147 was memorable because I was young and it was a massive payday for me at the time, I’m not used to seeing pay cheques like that,” began O’Sullivan.
However, O’Sullivan would go on to suffer a deflating loss in the very next round, going down 13-12 to Darren Morgan, prompting O’Sullivan to immediately focus on his ultimate aim, the world title.
“That was obviously quite a memorable moment but then I lost to Darren Morgan, and I obviously just wanted to win the world title.
It is every player’s dream is to win the world title so when I lost to Darren I just came off thinking I need to work on my game. I need to find a certain level so I can compete over three sessions.
O’Sullivan would win his first world title in 2001, overcoming John Higgins in the final.

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