White throws his cue to the floor in heartbreaking defeat to O'Sullivan
Jimmy White chucked his cue on the floor in despair in the final frame of a heartbreaking loss to Ronnie O’Sullivan at Champion of Champions, as the Whirlwind tossed away a three frame lead to lose 4-3.
The 57-year-old looked set to cause a huge upset and knock the reigning champion out of the event in Coventry, despite not winning a single game on tour so far this season.
However, the veteran could not convert his advantage into a rare victory, with the five-time world champion reeling off four frames on the spin to leave his old friend devastated.
White had a great chance in the deciding frame to clinch the match, in among the balls and seemingly en route to building a sizeable break.
The Londoner missed an easy red, though, leaving him with just a 29-point lead, and in his frustration he chucked his cue on the floor, knowing he had spurned his chance to see off the Rocket.
O’Sullivan did as expected and made a faultless break of 76, the highest of the match, to pinch victory from the jaws of defeat and consign White to a painful loss.
Hopefully the cue is still in working order because White had actually been praising it ahead of the match, and thanking O’Sullivan for suggesting he switch cues a few years ago.
‘Ronnie picked up my cue and made a 147 but then he said “That’s the worst cut I’ve ever seen. It’s c**p,”‘ White told the Sun.
‘I stood with my mouth open. He said the balance had gone. That was four years ago and changing my cue is the best thing I ever did, I should have done it sooner.’
Jimmy’s relationship with his cue might have just soured after a difficult day in Coventry.
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