Even by Ronnie O'Sullivan's standards, his withdrawal from the Australian Goldfields Open is bizarre.
O'Sullivan actually flew to Bangkok for the connecting flight to Australia but refused to board the plane, citing back and neck problems.
If he had not intended to play from the off it is fair to assume he wouldn't have gone to Thailand.
However, snooker fans can hardly be blamed for treating his reasoning with scepticism because this is far from the first time this has happened for an event outside the UK.
Dominic Dale will now play Steve Mifsud, who will be excused the wildcard round.
Why? Surely Dale should receive a bye in the usual manner.