Ronnie O'Sullivan knocked out of Snooker Shoot Out by world No 104 Billy Castle

February 22, 2020
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Snooker Shoot Out favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan has been knocked out of the competition in the second round.

O'Sullivan, who committed three fouls in the one frame match, was beaten by world No 104 Billy Castle.

In a scrappy frame, both players missed opportunities early on with O’Sullivan potting the white. That allowed Castle to have ball in hand, however he could not make the most of it.

The underdog did bounce back though, laying a brilliant snooker in which O’Sullivan could only find the black.

That handed Castle seven points but, crucially, the ball in hand again and this time he did not let the opportunity go to waste.

The 27-year-old ended up winning the frame 66-30 with O’Sullivan shaking hands after his third foul of the frame.

O’Sullivan’s exit was the latest on a day full of shocks with Peter Ebdon, Mark Williams and Kyren Wilson also crashing out.

The defeat for O’Sullivan could mean that he will not feature in the Player’s Championship.

The Essex potter is currently 16th on the one-year list but may drop off after his second round Shoot Out exit.

For O’Sullivan not to make it to Southport, either Zhou Yuelong or Jack Lisowski will have to go on to win the Shoot Out in Watford.

However O’Sullivan’s place at the Tour Championship is also seriously in doubt with only the top eight qualifying for a spot in Llandudno.

But for Castles, it doesn’t get much better with the 27-year-old through to the next round.

He said: “I’ve got 2000 people against me and I couldn’t settle down early on. There were a couple of shots that I rattled, I just wanted to pot a couple of balls and get into it.

Billy Castle knocked Ronnie O'Sullivan out of the Snooker Shoot Out
Billy Castle knocked Ronnie O'Sullivan out of the Snooker Shoot Out

“Once I got into it, I settled down and played really well. I’m so happy with the win.

“I played an attacking safety, I wanted to be aggressive. Then I settled down and made a really good break.

“I enjoy playing out here. I played Jimmy White on a Saturday night a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

“As a massive underdog, to do that to the best player to ever pick up a cue, just amazing.

“This is one I can look back in years to come with the grandkids and tell them I beat Ronnie O’Sullivan on TV.”

Snooker Shoot Out prize money

Winner: £50,000

Runner-up: £20,000

Semi-final: £8,000

Quarter-final: £4,000

Last 16: £2,000

Last 32: £1,000

Last 64: £500

Last 128: £250 (prize money at this stage will not count towards prize money rankings)

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