Ronnie O'Sullivan to play in 2016 Masters

Ronnie O'Sullivan. Credit: PA

Ronnie O'Sullivan has announced his intention to play in the Masters next month after skipping the UK Championship.

O'Sullivan said two weeks ago his decision to pass up the chance to defend his UK title in York was to try "different things" and that he no longer desired the pressure of being snooker's "top man".

But the 39-year-old announced on Twitter that he will play in the 16-man Masters, which will be held at Alexandra Palace in January.

O'Sullivan has won the sport's most famous non-ranking event on five occasions, most famously as a 19-year-old in 1995.

His last competitive match was at the World Championship in April, when he lost in the quarter-final to eventual champion Stuart Bingham.