Mark Williams withstood an incredible fightback from John Higgins to land his third Betfred World Championship title – and then stripped off in celebration.
The Welshman became the oldest winner at the Crucible for 40 years and came good on his promise to hold his press conference naked – although he wore a towel to protect his modesty.
Williams, who triumphs 15 years after his second title here, was roared into the media room and said: “Cold in here, isn’t it!”
Higgins had battled back from 14-7 behind to level at 15-15, feasting on mistakes from his opponent, putting the Scot seemingly on the march to glory and Williams in turmoil.
Back came Williams, and a century break to go one frame away from victory suggested his nerves had settled.
But at the moment when he stood on the very brink of victory, Williams twitched, missing a pink that was match ball. Higgins had not expected another chance but came back to the table and cleared up with a 65 break, vintage snooker from the four-time champion.
Williams needed another chance and gave himself one early in the next frame. This time Williams made no mistake, a break of 69 leaving Higgins needing three snookers. This time Higgins was beaten, but he had played his part in one of the greatest Crucible finals.
Ray Reardon was 45 when he won in 1978, and his fellow Welshman Williams is the oldest man to get to grips with the trophy since.