Jimmy White – World Champion at last

Ok so it might be the World Seniors Championship, but congratulations to Jimmy White anyway who has today defeated old foe Steve Davis 4-1 in the final to win the tournament in Bradford…

Having recovered from 2-0 down against the man who defeated him so comprehensively in the final of the 1991 World Championship at the Crucible John Parrot to make it through to the final, it somehow seemed written that Jimmy White would go all the way in this tournament.

So it proved as he notched breaks of 89, 53, 45 and 44 against the six-times world professional champion to become the first world seniors champion since 1991 and take home the £20,000 top prize. Whilst at first glance an event such as this might not be the most important on the calendar, none of the players involved would have said no to that payday!

More than the money though, it is good for the fans to be able to see their old idols back in action again and huge credit must go to all of those involved behind the scenes because as stated by David Hendon at Snooker Scene Blog, staging a tournament is no easy thing and by all accounts this appears to have been a real success.

Jimmy’s thoughts from his Twitter feed:

“Well it’s taken 30 years. It may be seniors but it’s a world title I’m so happy. Thanks for all the support!! Love you all. The wind!”

This week’s results in full:

Qualifying round

Nigel Bond 2-0 Peter Ebdon


Nigel Bond 2-0 Ken Doherty
Steve Davis 2-0 Joe Johnson
John Parrott 2-0 Dennis Taylor
Jimmy White 2-0 Cliff Thorburn

Steve Davis 3-1 Nigel Bond
Jimmy White 3-2 John Parrott

Jimmy White 4-1 Steve Davis