Mark Williams Does His Post World Championship Press Conference Naked

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He told the crowd "As long as Barry Hearn is not going to fine me or discipline me, I'll have to do it".

But Williams faltered, missing a pink that was match ball.

There's nothing better than a person who does what they say they will. People who don't pike when they say they want to have beers next week or who do actually turn up naked to the press conference after they won the World Snooker Championship like they said they would.

Williams needed another opportunity and gave himself one early in the next frame. "I've been playing some unbelievable stuff this season and I felt I could have a good run here". This time Higgins was beaten, but he had played his part in one of the greatest Crucible finals.

In doing so he became the oldest victor at the venue since 45-year-old Ray Reardon won in 1978.

Williams was "away in my caravan, getting drunk and watching it on TV" when his fellow cuemen contested the 2017 tournament.

Now he has his sport's most coveted trophy again.

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From 7-7, Higgins lost seven frames in a row to fall 14-7 behind and although he closed the gap a little, he still trailed 15-10 heading into evening. He previously joked after his second round win over Robert Milkin: "I would come in here naked and do the press conference", before adding later in the tournament, "I'll come in here starkers, don't worry".

John Higgins played his part in a great final (Richard Sellers/PA).

The Scot made breaks of 131, 67, 82, 52 and 62, often after the Welshman had got in first. The 42-year-old from Wishaw swept through the next two frames too, and incredibly he was level.

Williams also hinted at something to look forward to in future.

Mark Williams is a world champion at 43 (Richard Sellers/PA).

The Welshman beat John Higgins 18-16 in an unbelievable final at The Crucible. But Williams, who won his last world title 15 years ago, held on to secure the victory, along with a cheque for £425,000.

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