THE story of 2018 was without a shadow of a doubt Mark Williams winning the World Championship for the third time, fifteen years after the second. In between he had dropped out of the top 16 (more than once) ,failed to qualify for the Crucible only the previous year, contemplated retirement … before coming back to the elite bracket with the help of Sightright.
Earlier in the season he had won the 2018 German Masters and the 2017 Northern Irelan Open … his first ranking title since the 2011 German Masters.
To say that “Willo” didn’t really believe it would be possible for him to win at the Crucible again is an understatement. Actually he had promised to do his press conference naked if did… and he was true to his word. The only thing that prevented him to go for the full monty was the sponsor presenting him with … a sponsored towel!
Here is the promise
And the fulfilling of it…
That final was unbelievable from start to finish.
Mark then embarked into a season long celebration…
There were other remarkable achievements that year as well:
- Mark Allen won the 2018 Masters, beating Kyren Wilson in the final. Kyren was so bitterly disappointed that he couldn’t hold back his tears at the end. Later in the year, Mark won the 2018 International Championship and the 2018 Scottish Open.
- Steve Davis accepted to replace Stephen Hendry in the Seniors Irish Masters in Goffs, and went on to win the event! (story and pictures here)
- Aaron Canavan, an amateur player from Jersey who has never been a professional and rarely played outside the Channel Islands won the 2018 Seniors World Championship. (story and pictures here)
- Cliff Thorburn, aged 70, won the 2018 Seniors Masters at the Crucible theatre. (story and pictures here)
- Jimmy Robertson won his first ranking title, the 2018 European Masters, in Lommel, Belgium. He beat Joe Perry in the final.
2018 was also a terrific year for Ronnie. He won no less than five titles that year, four of them ranking events. He also set up some new records. He became the first player to defend the Shanghai Masters title. He also defended his UK Championship crown. In doing so he became the first player to have won it seven times, beating Steve Davis record of 6 and he also became the first player to have won 19 Triple Crowns, one better than Stephen Hendry 18.
Ronnie though had another disappointing World Championship, losing in the seconFollowing Mark Williams victory at the world Championship 2018, Ronnie decided to join Sightright.