Mark Williams won his first major silverware in two and a half years after he beat Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh to win the Six Red World Championship.
The two-times world champion beat the talented star 8-2 in Bangkok, winning six frames on the bounce to claim the trophy and the top prize of around £81,000.
It’s a first title for Welshman Williams, 42, since he won the World Seniors Championship in 2015 but he will not gain any ranking points because the tournament is not a ranking event.
The event sees frames played with just six reds on the table rather than 15 seen in traditional snooker.
Williams, who is ranked just outside the world’s top 16, joins the likes of Mark Davis, Un-Nooh, Stephen Maguire, and Ding Junhui to have won the tournament since it has become an annual event in 2012.
After winning the event he told World Snooker’s official website: “When I came here I didn’t have any great hopes of winning this.
“I battled away and I’m so pleased to win an event. Today was the best I played all week. I wasn’t looking to make any big breaks, just to win frames.
“I think over the years I haven’t got any further than the last 16 of this event so I suppose I’ve surprised myself this week. I’ve won a lot of money playing in Thailand and China and I’ve become a good traveller.”