Ronnie O’Sullivan’s capture of the first of this season’s PTC titles gives his army of fans hope that he is in good shape mentally for the campaign to come as well as reminding the snooker world that he remains a considerable talent.
O’Sullivan beat Joe Perry 4-0 in the final in just 52 minutes and compiled eight century breaks during the event.
Last season was largely one to forget for O’Sullivan. He played in only two PTCs, did not win a ranking title and slipped to 11th in the world rankings.
But he made what could well prove to be a key step in going to see Dr. Steve Peters, a psychiatrist, to work through his problems and that bodes well for the year ahead.
The test, of course, will come when the pressure is properly on. In Sheffield, there was no audience, no press buzzing around and O’Sullivan was left to get on with what he does best, namely playing.
That will obviously not be the case for most of the rest of the season but even this perfectionist will surely be buoyed by this fine start to the 2011/12 campaign.
Some say the PTCs are a lottery but I don’t agree. There is no skill required to win a lottery but snooker, whatever the title up for grabs, requires considerable skill and few players in the game’s history have possessed as much as Ronnie O’Sullivan.
So well done to him after what was another gruelling few days for the players. These PTC schedules are punishing but the reward is there at the end of it – O’Sullivan goes home £10,000 better off and playing in a way which suggests he can once again be a major force this season.