Mark Allen finds it “sad” to witness a snooker player approaching Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record.

A snooker player is getting closer to breaking a record held by Ronnie O’Sullivan.

After recording a maximum at the Championship League this past weekend, John Higgins is getting closer to surpassing Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record of 147 career breaks. Higgins made tournament history by being the oldest player to finish a maximum.


The 48-year-old won over Fan Zhengyi in the Group 5 semifinal. With a remarkable series of shots in the opening frame, he scored a maximum 147 break.


It was his thirteenth career maximum. It puts him within two of O’Sullivan’s record of fifteen, which he may have a shot at breaking before he retires.


Higgins will compete in the winners’ group next month after defeating Ricky Walden in the final. The Scottish player, who hasn’t taken home a major championship since the Players’ Championship in 2021, was thrilled with his outing.

I was feeling good the entire break and thought I would nail it right away. When it occurs, it’s always a pleasant experience, according to Higgins.


“I’ve performed well in this competition in the past, and it’s been helpful preparation for the Players’ Championship and the Welsh Open. The goal in coming down here was to get some game experience.


It follows Mark Allen’s statement earlier this month that Higgins, the three-time world champion, had turned into a “sad” spectacle. In January, Allen emerged victorious over a subpar Higgins at the Masters, but the latter eventually exacted revenge at the German Masters.

Higgins is seeing a sports psychologist this year as a result of his decline in performance. Playing against the superstar in January made Allen feel “sad.”


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