08 December 2019 22:38
RONNIE O'SULLIVAN has sensationally pulled out of next month's Masters. The Rocket is a record seven-time winner of the prestigious tournament at Alexandra Palace. 1 Bombshell: Ronnie O'Sullivan will not add to his seven Masters titles Credit: PA:Press Association But this season's event for snooker's top 16 will not feature the world No 2 — who has withdrawn for 'personal reasons'. The draw is due to be made tomorrow during the UK Championship final. And O'Sullivan's place will now be taken at the Masters by Ali Carter who is No 17 seed.
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