O'Sullivan plots course for son
Ronnie O'Sullivan dreams of the day his son becomes a sporting legend - but in golf rather than snooker.
Four-year-old Ronnie junior joined his father on the Crucible stage floor last night after an 18-11 victory over Ali Carter was sealed.
And doting dad O'Sullivan, who is poised to skip a chunk of next season to spend more time with his children, can envisage young Ronnie following him into professional sport.
If he turns to snooker, O'Sullivan would have no complaints, but he would rather his son makes a living on the fairways of the world.
"I'd love him to be like the next Tiger Woods," O'Sullivan said.
"In my dreamworld I'd love to see him on the golf course, or I'd love to see him playing tennis.
"I just hope that whatever he does, he doesn't have the mindset that I had for about 16 years, from when I turned professional.
"I was all right until I turned 16, then I turned harsh on myself. I didn't expect to win everything, I just knew I was capable of more and got frustrated with myself.
"Hopefully he's got the 'natural' gene in him and hopefully I can help him have a better mindset if he decides to get into sport."
O'Sullivan's fourth Betfred.com World Championship title served as a reminder of what an asset he is to snooker, still unstoppable when in the mood as he was throughout his mission in Sheffield.
With focus and drive he knocked out three former world champions in Peter Ebdon, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson before sinking the hopes of Matthew Stevens and finally Carter, who joined Stevens as a two-time runner-up.
"I think this has been a more disciplined, professional job than any of the others," he said.
"This is the one where I used my mind and brain."
Despite his success, O'Sullivan is ruling out a push to match Stephen Hendry's haul of seven titles, a record for the modern era, and does not expect to match Steve Davis' total of six.
"My chances of winning tournaments are getting less and less. They're not getting more and more," he said.
"I've got four. Seven is a mammoth total. This is a war of attrition. Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis were a special kind of people, so to even think about that is dreamworld."
O'Sullivan fully understands his importance to the game. And like his hero Woods in golf, O'Sullivan believes snooker is all the better for him being around.
He said: "Unless Tiger Woods is playing now, I'm not interested. I don't care if he's 10 over, I just want to watch him. I know he's going to do something that no other player can do.
"I'm not putting myself in that category because Tiger Woods is an absolutely unbelievable sportsman. He's up there in the all-time top two or three: Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher. They're just iconic people who have taken the game to an unbelievable level.
"I'm not saying snooker needs me, but I think snooker is better with me in it than with me out of it."