Philip Williams defeated Craig Steadman 4-1 in the final to win the LLP Solicitors World Seniors Snooker Championship Golden Ticket Qualifier and book a return to the Crucible Theatre for the main stages of the event next month.
A new concept to the World Seniors Snooker Tour, the invitational Golden Ticket event was open to the top performing players from this season’s rankings following a plethora of qualifying competitions.
Former professional Williams – who also qualified for Sheffield in 2021 and 2022 – is set for three appearances in a row after emerging from the 17-player field at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Reading this past weekend.
The 55-year-old defeated Dean Sycamore 4-1 and then Gary Filtness 4-0 (73 break) in the last 16 and eight respectively to advance to Sunday’s final four. He then dispatched recent English Seniors Snooker Championship winner Lee Stephens 4-1 in the semi-finals.
Coming through the other side of the draw was Steadman, who dropped just one frame as he eliminated Neil Craycraft (4-0), Rory McLeod (4-0) and Stuart Watson (4-1) en route.
However, Williams caused somewhat of an upset in the title match, registering a 79 break to win the opening frame before claiming the final three consecutively for victory.
The Welshman can now look forward to another trip to snooker’s most iconic venue, and a date with three-time world seniors champion Jimmy White in the opening round during the evening session of Friday 5th May.