Mark Williams has claimed his third World Championship [VIDEO]title - 15 years after his second making him the oldest Champion since Welshman Ray Reardon. And a man of his word, he turned up naked to do his winning press conference (see video below). Reardon was 45 when he won his last World title - Williams is 43. The Welsh potting machine, as he is nicknamed, won the World title in 2000 and 2003, before having a drought of wins before his incredible 2017/18 season. He kicked off the campaign with a win in Northern Ireland, then, demolished Scot Graeme Dott in Germany to win the German Masters.

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Now he has the trilogy of World Championships 2000, 2003, 2018.

Snooker [VIDEO]fans and players frenzied on Twitter to congratulate the Welshman - such as the Pistol Mark Allen.

Williams said after to the BBC's Hazel Irvine that a year ago his game was "####" but after linking up with Steve Feeney of SightRight he helped him out. There are three players this season who have dominated the snooker scene in winning 10 out of 20 ranking events. For John Higgins, this was the seventh appearance in a World final and a second consecutive one after losing to Mark Selby last year.

Higgins has an exciting record four World titles, but for the past two years has lost out on winning a fifth and equalling Ronnie O'Sullivan's tally of World titles.

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For Williams, his sterling season has seen him claim: Northern Ireland Open, German Masters and the Betfred World Snooker Championship. That's 21 ranking titles in all! The 42-year-old Wizard of Wishaw, Higgins, has also had a successful 2017/18 campaign. His duo of titles this season included The Indian Open and The Welsh Open. Williams won the World title 18 - 16 but it was a nail-biting conclusion as Higgins came from 15 - 10 down and won five frames on the trot to level at 15 - 15. He won the next two before Higgins made a tremendous clearance in the next to go 17 - 16 needing one to take it to a decider.

Williams calmly made a break of 69 to bag his third World title winning 18 - 16. He banked £425K which shifts his ranking from four spots up to World number three! In fact, the rankings now read with the class of 92 ruling the top five spots on the two-year ranking list.

  • World number 2 = Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • World number 3 = Mark Williams
  • World number 4 = John Higgins

There were 84 centuries, two shy from the record of 86, and Higgins, who banked £180K for his runner-up gig also bagged £10K for the high break prize - a 146. He also was on for a maximum in the final, which would have bagged him an extra £40K! This season, the World Champion Mark Williams has banked a whopping £870K in prize money from competing on the tour. Was this a freak season or this is another illustration of the standard that the snooker youngsters have to compete with to win events.

Either way, these three haven't finished winning yet!