Mark Williams (snooker player)

Mark James Williams, MBE (born 21 March 1975) is a Welsh professional snooker player who is a three-time World Champion, winning in 2000, 2003, and 2018.[2] Often noted for his single-ball long potting ability, Williams has earned the nickname "The Welsh Potting Machine".

Mark Williams
MBE
Williams at the 2015 German Masters
Born (1975-03-21) 21 March 1975 (age 46)
Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
Sport country Wales
NicknameThe Welsh Potting Machine
Professional1992–
Highest ranking1 (May 2000–May 2002, May 2003–May 2004, May–September 2011)
Current ranking 8 (as of 23 August 2021)
Career winnings£6,529,137
Highest break147: (twice)[1]
Century breaks525
Tournament wins
Ranking24
Minor-ranking2
Non-ranking6
World Champion

Williams has been ranked the world number one player for a total of three seasons in his career (1999–00, 2000–01, and 2002–03). His most successful season to date was 2002–03, when he won the acclaimed treble of tournaments (known as the Triple Crown): the UK Championship, the Masters, and the World Championship. In doing so, he became only the third player, after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry, to win all three Triple Crown events in one season. In addition, he is the first player (and to date, the only player) to win all three versions of the professional World Championship – the World Snooker Championship, the Six-red World Championship and the World Seniors Championship.

The first left-handed player to win the World Championship,[2] Williams has won 24 ranking tournaments overall, including two UK Championships (1999 and 2002), making him fifth on the all-time list. He has also won the Masters on two occasions (1998 and 2003). His form began to decline after his second World Championship title in 2003; he then dropped out of the top 16 following the 2007–08 season, but he regained his place for 2009–10. Williams has compiled over 500 century breaks during his career, as well as two maximum breaks in competition.