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On This Day: January 17, 2014 – Ronnie O’Sullivan produces ‘Snooker from the Gods’ at The Masters

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Ronnie O'Sullivan whitewashed Ricky Walden in just 58 minutes at the 2014 Masters (credit: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan whitewashed Ricky Walden in just 58 minutes at the 2014 Masters (credit: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

During the Masters, we’re looking back at some of the most memorable moments on this day in the history of Snooker. Today, we reflect back to the time that Ronnie O’Sullivan produced what was described as ‘snooker from the Gods’…

A close match was expected when O’Sullivan was drawn to play Walden in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Masters.

It looked like that would be the case when the Chester cueist, who reached the World Championship semi-finals just eight months earlier, took a 39-1 lead in the opening frame.

However, a brilliant long red paved the way to a neat clearance of 79 that sent O’Sullivan on the way to arguably the most one-sided victory in snooker history.

‘The Rocket’ reeled off the next five frames to complete a 6-0 whitewash in just 58 minutes, while scoring a record 556 unanswered points along the way.

This stunning 134 total clearance that presented itself following a fortunate swerved opening red was the pick of the lot…