Ronnie O'Sullivan showed why he is the best snooker player in the world on Wednesday afternoon as the 'Rocket' hit his 15th career 147 in the second round of the English Open against Allan Taylor at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.
O'Sullivan was vocal earlier in the week about the 'urine-smelling' surroundings at this year's tournament, but he put his thoughts on the venue behind him as he racked up a stunning maximum break in the fourth and final frame, and Taylor could only sit and admire the brilliance on the baize from the greatest player to play the game, who eased to a 4-0 win.
With fifteen reds and fifteen blacks safely in the pockets, O'Sullivan had no trouble with the colours and having delightfully worked the cue ball down to the final black he duly stroked it into the heart of the pocket and acknowledged a jubilant crowd.
Taylor was brushed aside by vintage O'Sullivan, but was keen to offer an appreciative handshake following the impeccable clearance from O'Sullivan, who became the second player to hit a maximum this week as Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh made the perfect break earlier in the competition.
The five-times world champion O'Sullivan extended his lead at the top of the competitive 147s list and astonishingly it was the popular O'Sullivan's 15th maximum in his glittering career, which now puts him four maximums clear of Stephen Hendry, who retired with 11 147s, while John Higgins (8) and Ding Junhui (6) are the next two in line in a world-class group of players.
Watch Ronnie O'Sullivan clear up the colours with aplomb to grab yet another 147 maximum break: