Ronnie O’Sullivan won the battle of snooker’s great entertainers as he knocked out veteran Jimmy White to reach the 12bet.com World Open last 16.
The three-time former world champion was too strong for the man who lost six finals at the Crucible, running out a 3-1 winner at Glasgow’s SECC venue.
O’Sullivan opened up a 2-0 lead, with a break of 79 in the second frame, but 88 from White in the next was a reminder of his ability.
And when White opened up a 57-0 lead in the fourth frame it looked as though the English pair would have to thrash it out for victory in a decider.
But White broke down on a break of 56, missing a tricky red, and O’Sullivan punished him with a match-clinching run of 80.
O’Sullivan’s victory sets up another appetising clash, with Scotland’s Stephen Hendry awaiting him in the next round tomorrow.