Mark Williams beat Gary Wilson 6-4 to win his second British Open title last night – a full 24 years after his first.
Despite trailing 3-2, the Welshman then produced breaks of 75 and 115 as he fought back to lead 5-4, before Wilson missed a crucial pink in the tenth frame which paved the way for Williams to secure his 24th ranking title.
Now only Ronnie O’Sullivan (37), Stephen Hendry (36), John Higgins (31) and Steve Davis (28) have won more and also, at 46 years and 154 days, the victory made Williams the third-oldest ranking event winner in the sport’s history behind Ray Reardon (46 years and 221 days) and Doug Mountjoy (46 years and 172 days).
Williams has become notorious for the manner in which he celebrates his victories, famously partying through the night after winning a third world title in 2018, before fulfilling an earlier promise to do his post-match press conference naked.
But last night he kept things simple, appearing to opt for a simple late night McDonald’s after recapturing the title he last won by beating Stephen Hendry in 1997.
After tweeting “Car journey home begins” to caption a photo of him with his wife Joanne and two of their three sons, he was asked by a fan whether he would be stopping for a KFC or a McDonald’s on his way back.
And the man dubbed ‘The Welsh Potting Machine’ duly replied: “McDonald’s lovely it was.”
Earlier in the evening Williams, who had to fight back from the brink to beat Ricky Walden 4-3 in his quarter final before outclassing Jimmy Robertson 4-1 in his final four clash, admitted luck had favoured him throughout the tournament.
“I am a little but fortunate to win it really,” said the Welshman.
“There were two or three matches I definitely should have lost but managed to win them. Everything seemed to go my way when it looked like I was going to lose.
“I thought I played really solid tonight (against Wilson). Missed a few balls but overall it was really good.”
The British Open, held at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, was reintroduced onto the professional snooker calendar this season after an absence of 17 years. The next ranking event is the is the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast, which gets underway on October 9.
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