O’Sullivan heads into the World Snooker Championship next week as favourite to win the title.
The five-time world champion admits he has snooker “just where I want it”, having previously struggled to remain interested in the game.
He has increasingly been in the punditry box during tournaments this season, enjoying the limelight and giving shot demonstrations.
And O’Sullivan admits doing punditry has given him an additional interest to the sport.
“I love the punditry,’ he told the Mail.
“It’s one of the best things I do now. I never used to watch snooker but I was forced to watch it because of work.
“And me and Jimmy [White] and Neal [Foulds] would be watching the game and talking about it.
“You get so involved in it. You’ve got the one that you want to win it because you’ve followed it through. You think, ‘I’d love to see him win it because of the journey’.
“But when you’re playing in it or you’re dipping in and out of it you don’t really know if they’ve had a hard match or what they’ve been through during the tournament.
“You follow it from start to finish and you get so into it. It’s important just to talk and see the game. And give the viewer an insight of what’s going on and how he’s thinking.”
Woods, another iconic sportsman, has himself only just returned to golf full time after years out with various injuries.
He played his first Masters tournament since 2015 earlier this month and Ronnie O’Sullivan reckons the American would make good viewing in the studio.
“You’re just telling it through your eyes really,” he added.
“It would be interesting for me to hear another sportsman that was playing, say Tiger Woods commentating on golf, I’d love to hear how he would be assessing it.”
O’Sullivan is seeded second for the World Snooker Championship, behind No 1 Mark Selby.
His campaign gets underway this weekend, with a potential semi-final match-up with China’s Ding Junhui on the horizon.
Speaking of his game heading into the tournament, O’Sullivan added: “To me the snooker part is the easy part.
“The hard part is getting me to practise. And getting me in the right frame of mind.
“Once I work on that, then I’m excited to be at the tournament and playing.”