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Ronnie O’Sullivan names his snooker Mount Rushmore: ‘Can I include me?’


Ronnie O’Sullivan was tasked with naming snooker’s Mount Rushmore (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has picked the four players that would make up snooker’s Mount Rushmore, only really having to deliberate over one, while three rolled off the tongue.

The Rocket is widely considered the finest player ever to pick up a snooker cue, with his sixth World Championship title this year further cementing that argument.

The only player who still holds a reasonable argument to be considered the GOAT is Stephen Hendry, with the Scot still holding the record of seven world titles in the modern era.

Given these two tend to sit at the top of the tree in these discussions, it was surprise that the Rocket named himself and Hendry as two of the four on Mount Rushmore.

The other two are much more up for debate, but O’Sullivan plumped for Joe Davis and John Higgins alongside himself and Hendry as snooker’s equivalent to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

‘Including me? Can I include me?’ O’Sullivan asked when posed with the question on a Facebook Live with The Fan Cave.

‘Me, [Stephen] Hendry, Joe Davis, I suppose you’ve got to put the Nugget [Steve Davis] in, no John Higgins.

‘Without me: John Higgins, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Joe Davis.’

Higgins and O’Sullivan have had dozens of classic battles (Picture: Getty Images)

Snooker fans will argue between Higgins and Davis, but O’Sullivan has always named the Wizard of Wishaw as his fiercest rival and holds him in the highest of regards.

‘I think the toughest opponent I’ve ever had has got to be John Higgins,’ said the world champion.

‘The geezer is just unbelievable, incredible player, he’s got the lot, that guy.’

Joe Davis is a much harder player to place in any GOAT discussion as he played in an entirely different era of the game, winning 15 world titles from 1927-46.

O’Sullivan regularly brings up Davis’ book “How I Play Snooker” as the perfect manual for snooker players, saying he couldn’t produce anything more useful now than the book first written in 1949.

‘I’d just copy what Joe Davis said, just put my name on the top of it,’ said Ronnie on the prospect of writing a book on snooker.

‘I don’t know nothing about snooker or the technique side of it. I don’t know much about snooker and what you should and shouldn’t do, that’s why I read the Joe Davis book.

‘So it wouldn’t be right for me to write a coaching book.’

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