Bourne wrote:... would it be his greatest achievement ever ?
It's worth asking since his form this season and generally for the last couple of years in ranking events has been so below-par. No ranking title since 2009 Shanghai, no ranking win since the 2010 World Open, he's fallen provisionally to 10 in the world, and will be set to fall lower depending how others below him do this week in China.
Add his draw into the equation (Dale/Murphy/Higgins/Williams/Robertson), and his general lack of confidence and positive demanour around the table, and one would imagine it unlikely he adds a 4th World crown to his already impressive haul of titles.
It would be and he also would end his main tour career on that night.
But he wasn't below-par the last "couple" of seasons. He has been terrible since the Premier League 2010. But only since, he wasn't world no. 1 and 2 for nothing. The season before he just got kicked out by amazing Higgins and Selby performances in the letter stages of some tournaments.
Dale is a great first round match for Ronnie. Trump, Day, Bingham would have been a lot worse.
I don't think Murphy would be that bad in the second round. Ronnies main problem this season were the first rounds which all could have been easier.
If Ronnie gets running in a tournament especially in the most important one he's very hard to stop. He hasn't forgotten how to play snooker since the Premier League.