</figure><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Ronnie O'Sullivan comfortably brushed aside James Cahill at the Scottish Open then claimed he did not shake his opponent's hand for fear of germs.</p>
The world number three whitewashed his fellow Englishman, to whom he lost at last season’s World Championship, 4-0 to progress to the third round.
But he fist-bumped Cahill and the referee instead of crossing palms.
“It’s easier to do that and I don’t get any germs,” O’Sullivan explained to Eurosport after the match.
“I’ll admit I’m a bit OCD with germs. I don’t open door handles, I always have tissues on door handles. I am a bit OCD like that.”
O’Sullivan had promised to keep taking risks despite a narrow 4-3 win over Dominic Dale in the previous round at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, but averaged 12 seconds a shot throughout his latest performance.
“It didn’t feel like 12 seconds, it felt like 21 seconds,” said the former world champion, who next faces compatriot Martin Gould. “I felt like I was playing slower tonight.
“I came out and tried to play a little bit more conservative because I have been a bit too attacking I think. I just tried to rein it in a bit, so it meant I had to take a bit more time on my shots.”
World number one Judd Trump progressed just as easily as his fellow Englishman with a whitewash over China’s Yuan Sijun and next faces Thailand’s James Wattana, who ousted Scotland’s Alan McManus 4-0.
Defending champion Mark Allen comfortably progressed as the Northern Ireland player defeated Louis Heathcote 4-1 and next takes on another Englishman, Elliot Slessor, who beat Scotland’s Anthony McGill 4-2.
New UK champion Ding Junhui booked his spot in the last 32 after a straightforward 4-0 win over fellow Chinese star Mei Xiwen to set up a third-round encounter with Graeme Dott after the Scot defeated England’s Ben Woollaston 4-1.
However, Stephen Maguire could not build on his runners-up performance in the UK Championship at the weekend as the Scot suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat by Hong Kong’s Marco Fu.
Former world champion John Higgins is keeping the Scottish flag flying after beating Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher 4-1 along with Scott Donaldson, a 4-2 winner over England’s Billy Joe Castle.
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February 10, 2020
February 9, 2020
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