Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White name their bogey players

The Rocket struggled against a star from the past.

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White name their bogey players
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Ronnie O’Sullivan has not struggled with too many players over his career (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has a good record against most players he has faced over his epic snooker career, but recalls plenty of struggles against John Parrott, who he has picked out as his bogey player.

Parrott was a force at the top of the game when O’Sullivan burst onto the scene, winning the 1991 World Championship, a year before the Rocket turned professional.

The teenage O’Sullivan quickly made an impression, winning the 1993 UK Championship, but he struggled to get the better of Parrott.

The pair first met in ’93 and Parrott would go on to win their first six clashes, including a 13-3 walloping in the 1994 World Championship at the Crucible.

O’Sullivan first beat his bogey player at the 1995 Masters and would pick up more wins over him, but Parrott retired with an 8-4 winning record against the now seven-time world champion, beating the Rocket as recently as the 2000 Masters.

Asked for his bogey player by Eurosport, O’Sullivan said: ‘John Parrott was that player for me, I think he beat me the first seven times we played [Parrott actually won their first six meetings].

‘He played great and I never used to play against him, that’s sometimes what happens, you know.’

Parrott spoke about his impressive record against the Rocket earlier this year, saying that overcoming a mental hurdle was key.

‘There’s always been an aura and a sparkle about him,’ Parrott told Metro.co.uk earlier this year. ‘The trouble is you can sit in the chair and fall in love with him. I looked at it as a challenge, no one expected me to win, let’s give it a go and get stuck in.

‘It’s extremely intimidating, there’s no way round that. You realise when you come out that nearly all the crowd are there to watch him play so you need to have a fair bit of self belief.

John Parrott - World Snooker Champion
John Parrott beat Jimmy White to win the 1991 World Championship (Picture: Getty Images)

‘You have to show him that you’re there to play because he feeds off weakness. If he sees someone not giving him the punishment he deserves then he just gets stronger. You need a bit of character about you.’

Jimmy White chose an even bigger name in snooker history for his bogey player, saying: ‘Mine was Steve Davis for sure, he was a much better safety player than me and I had to play my top game to beat him. For me, it was Steve Davis.’

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