vodkadiet wrote:O'Sullivan is favourite but not by as wide a margin as many feel. The strong favouritism won't help him. Murphy hasn't played O'Sullivan enough to be owned by him. Murphy isn't Carter.
For once I agree with you, being so overwhelming favourite won't be good for him, this year he doesn't have that "unknown" factor like he had last season, so yeah if he wins it again I reckon it will be much harder this year, but I have total confidence in Ronnie doing it again.
As for Murphy, yes they haven't played much, but almost everytime Murphy gets close to Ronnie something ssems to be missing and he can't cope with the pressure.
Murphy had by FAR his best chance of beating Ronnie at the Worlds when both met back in 2011 after Ronnie had his worst ever season as a pro, and still Murphy didn't manage to beat Ronnie and lost 13-10 after having played well that season when he won the PTC Grand Finals and had a great run in China, so in short if he couldn't beat him then, this season his chances are much less.
Fu is much more dangerous than Murphy for instance.