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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 January, 2005, 22:16 GMT
Eccentric O'Sullivan goes through
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan lived up to his eccentric reputation by draping a towel over his head during his 5-2 win over Ian McCulloch at the Welsh Open.

"It helps, I know that. Who knows what I'll do from one day to the next?" said the defending champion after his straightforward victory.

And he criticised snooker bosses for planning events in Malta and China.

"They're stark bonkers crazy. I can't see the value in going all that way to win 30,000 or lose my first match."

O'Sullivan never had to find his top form against McCulloch, although he did knock in a break of 103 in the third frame.

Maybe Ronnie wants to be a Sheikh
Ian McCulloch
But after the match the world champion was more interested in criticising the organisation of snooker's calendar and threatened to reduce the number of tournaments he plays in.

"Ninety-nine per cent of other players might stand for it but there's a good chance I won't," said O'Sullivan.

"These tournaments are being put on willy nilly around the world with no thought for the players.

"It isn't all about the money and there are other tournaments to prepare for. Maybe I'll just play enough to stay in the top 16 until they sort themselves out - and then I'll start to play more."

McCulloch admitted he had not played well, but did not blame O'Sullivan's bizarre behaviour for his performance.

"Ronnie didn't need to play well," said McCulloch.

"I thought it was quite funny - maybe he wants to be a sheikh.

"If Ronnie wants to do things like that it's his prerogative. I didn't have a problem with it."




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