Ronnie O’Sullivan stunned by amateur James Cahill in first round of World Championships at the Crucible

KNACKERED Ronnie O’Sullivan has been dumped out of the Betfred World Snooker Championship by amateur James Cahill in the sport’s biggest upset.

The world No1, sporting a new military-type short haircut, was outplayed 10-8 in the first round of the Crucible by the 23-year-old part-timer.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was dumped out of the World Championships by amateur James Cahill
Ronnie O’Sullivan was dumped out of the World Championships by amateur James Cahill
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The five-time world champion was the tournament favourite but played far too casual and made plenty of errors, which gifted Cahill the famous victory.

He looked completely tired and kept YAWNING throughout the match.

It is only the fourth time O’Sullivan has lost in the first round of the worlds and the first time since 2003.

It is arguably snooker’s biggest shock, superseding the win by Bolton qualifier Tony Knowles over defending champion Steve Davis in 1982.

And it also overtakes the 2000 victory from debutant Stuart Bingham over Stephen Hendry, which denied the Scot the chance to defend his world crown.

Blackpool’s Cahill, who earned his two-year Tour card after coming through qualifying, is the nephew of Hendry, whose record O’Sullivan is trying to emulate or even eclipse before retirement.

Cahill has shown his pedigree throughout this season, famously beating the then-world No1 Mark Selby at the UK Championship in York.

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