Ronnie O'Sullivan leaves BBC viewers stunned after using LIGHTER on end of his cue during World Championship final

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN left BBC viewers stunned after using a LIGHTER on the end of his cue during the World Championship final.

The Rocket, 46, is taking on Judd Trump at the Crucible as he aims to win a record-equalling seventh World Championship.

Leading Trump 14-10, O'Sullivan briefly set the end of his cue on fire.

Watching events unfold, one viewer tweeted: "For a second I thought Ronnie O’Sullivan getting out a lighter was a return to the old days of #snooker players smoking, drinking, having a barbecue at their seats.

"Alex Higgins would hand out burgers to the front row. #WorldSnookerChampionship."

Commentators John Virgo and Shaun Murphy attempted to clear up what was going on.

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Virgo, 76, said: "Just an interesting thing when Ronnie went back to his seat again.

"You see sometimes he's using the little bit of sandpaper, there he's trying to burn the fibres off, there's just fibres coming off the tip.

"I was talking to him, Shaun, he's had the tip on four months, which is quite a long time and usually you get one ready for the World Championship don't you?

"And he had Les Dodd come round just to doctor it, rather than put a new tip on – would you have one on for four months?"

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Murphy, 39, replied: "Well it's very rare isn't it, that you get a tip that lasts that kind of time.

"Weirdly, my tip's been on my cue two years. Think I was just lucky and found a good one in the box.

"Yeah those fibres just start fraying after a while – it doesn't mean that anything is wrong with the tip.

"And you can either use a bit of paper or you know, a flame, as Ronnie was doing there – it's a very old fashioned way of trying to get the edges.

"It's just a visual thing, it doesn't affect the tip."

Trump went on to win the frame, reducing his deficit to 14-11 going into tonight's final session.

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