NEIL ROBERTSON received a standing ovation as he just managed the 12th 147 Crucible Break in Betfred World Snooker Championship history.
The Aussie had a great season and was seeded as a tournament favorite before a ball was batted out of anger in Sheffield.
And the 2010 World Champion continued that fine form as he kept the crowd on their toes with a superb maximum in frame 19 of his round of 16 clash with Jack Lisowski.
The Melbourne star cleared the table with a nervous potting, holding his hands up and punching the air when the break ended.
The game was interrupted on the table when Judd Trump and Anthony McGill shook hands.
It is his fifth career 147 and is the twelfth time he has appeared at the famous Crucible Theater – and the first in two years.
Robertson, 40, is only the eighth player to have a perfect break at the World Cup – and he actually scored 151 goals when Lisowki was fouled early in the frame.
If no one else manages the feat in the coming week, Robertson will bag £40,000 in prize money plus a further £7,500 for the top break bonus – Graeme Dott has hit the same mark in qualifying.
Several players have attempted but failed to hit a 147 in this year’s event – there were attempts in Monday’s afternoon session.
The good weather and rainless days in South Yorkshire are believed to have made for decent playing conditions.
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Previous World Snooker Championship 147
2022: Neil Robertson vs. Jack Lisowski, second round
2020: John Higgins vs. Kurt Maflin, second round, lost 13-11
2012: Stephen Hendry v Stuart Bingham, first round, won 10-4
2009: Stephen Hendry vs. Shaun Murphy, Quarterfinals, lost 13-11
2008: Ali Carter vs. Peter Ebdon, Quarterfinals, won 13-9
2008: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Mark Williams, second round, won 13-7
2005: First round Mark Williams vs. Robert Milkins, won 10-1
2003: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Marco Fu, first round, lost 10-6
1997: Ronnie O’Sullivan v Mick Price, first round, won 10-6
1995: Stephen Hendry vs. Jimmy White, semifinals, won 16-12
1992: Jimmy White vs. Tony Drago, first round, won 10-4
1983: Cliff Thorburn v Terry Griffiths, second round, won 13-12
Elsewhere, play in the Crucible was halted over the weekend when a PIGEON landed on the sacred table.
In incredible scenes, the bird flew down from the roof of the 980-seat theater, disrupting the action between defending champion Mark Selby and China star Yan Bingtao.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5200601/neil-robertson-147-break-world-snooker-championship/ Watch as Neil Robertson scores just the 12th EVER World Snooker Championship 147 break to drive Crucible insane