London - Snooker
great Ronnie O'Sullivan added another chapter to his colourful career
on Wednesday by refusing to shake hands with his opponent and the
referee before a match at the Scottish Open on health grounds.
Traditionally, players shake hands with each other and the official
before play begins but five-time world champion O'Sullivan was
reluctant to do just that in Glasgow because of health concerns.
Instead he tried to fist bump both James Cahill and the referee before triumphing 4-0 in an all-English contest.
"I'll admit I'm a bit OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) with germs," O'Sullivan told Eurosport after the match.
"I don't open door handles, I always have tissues on door handles. I am a bit OCD like that," the 44-year-old added.
"I have got a bit of a germ thing. It's easier to do that and I don't get any germs."
Cahill recorded a shock win over O'Sullivan at last year's World
Championship but 'the Rocket' was too strong for the 23-year-old on
Wednesday, taking just over 30 minutes to complete a whitewash win.
Meanwhile, China's Ding Junhui, who won the UK Championship title
last weekend, advanced into the last 32 with a 4-0 win over compatriot
Mei Xiwen secured with breaks of 132 and 100.
Reigning champion Mark Allen beat Louis Heathcote 4-1.