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Famous Brit of the Week #62 - Ronnie O'Sullivan

Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about Ronnie O'Sullivan OBE. Known as 'The Rocket, he is an English professional snooker player who is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport. Since turning professional in 1992, he has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles, and a record seven UK Championships, setting a record total of 19 titles in Triple Crown tournaments. He shares the record for the most ranking titles (36) with Stephen Hendry and also holds the record as the youngest-ever winner of a ranking title (1993 UK Championship, aged 17 years and 358 days) as well as the youngest winner of the Masters (in 1995, aged 19 years and 69 days). In the 2017/2018 season, O'Sullivan won a record five ranking events in a single season, a record that he shares with Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby. His career prize money of over £10 million is the highest amount earned by any player in snooker history. O'Sullivan is the only player to have reached 1,000 career century breaks. Outside his playing career, he has worked as a pundit for Eurosport's snooker coverage, has written crime novels and autobiographies, and has starred in the miniseries Ronnie O'Sullivan's American Hustle. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year Honours.

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