Ronnie OSullivan compares himself to Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods after Shanghai Masters win

Ronnie OSullivan won a fourth Shanghai Masters title on Sunday (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Ronnie OSullivan won a fourth Shanghai Masters title on Sunday and compared his little bit of magic on the snooker table to the abilities of golf legends Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods.

The Rocket was pushed hard in the Shanghai final by Shaun Murphy, eventually getting over the line with an 11-9 victory to claim the £200,000 top prize.

Murphy won the first three frames of the contest, but OSullivan insists that he never really gets rattled in snooker matches, because he knows his talent will shine through eventually.

Im very pleased to win, OSullivan told World Snooker. Shaun has been playing very, very well. You can see by his results in this tournament and the previous tournament [International Championship], making the final.

He looks like hes turned a corner and hes going to do some damage this season because hes in good touch.



For me to beat someone of Shauns calibre in a final, which was a pretty high standard, overall it was a very good match, so Im pleased to get my hands on another trophy.

When youre playing 20 frames of snooker you cant play 20 perfect frames, I always think over a long match Im going to find a bit of form and when I do I can win five or six frames on the spin and in pretty quick time as well.

So I always try and hang in there, its a bit like Seve Ballesteros or Tiger Woods when they play golf, theyre never out of it because they can produce a little bit of magic now and again so thats kind of the hallmark of my game.

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The 43-year-old has a sensational record in this event, winning in Shanghai for the third year on the spin, taking his winning run to 15 matches in the tournament.

It is his first event of the season and the Rocket has clearly put his World Championship disappointment behind him, after crashing out in the first round to James Cahill in April.

OSullivan will continue to play a limited schedule this year, competing as and when he fancies it.



I dont really look at records, theyre there to be broken, Ill look back at the end of my career and assess it then, the five-time world champion continued.

Im just enjoying playing in whatever events I choose to play in, exhibitions and a few appearances here and there, I dont really have any structure, its just about playing when I feel like playing.

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Shaun Murphy
OSullivan made two centuries as he edged out Shaun Murphy in Shanghai (Picture: Getty Images)

I dont feel like Ive got anything to prove, which is a nice place to be, I can just go ouRead More – Source

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