Welsh Warrior Lee Walker scooped the Ways Facilities Management World Seniors title at the modest age of 46 – the same age as the main World Champion and 7-times winner Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The Welshman came from 3 – 1 down in the final to beat the legend Jimmy White in a decider.
A the age of 60, White played some of his best snooker for a long time during the five-day event at the Crucible, the home of snooker in Sheffield.
Walker though has been a dab hand at battling comebacks during the event, as for example, in the semi-finals, he came from 3 – 0 down to oust the former defending Champion David Lilley, who was all set for another showdown with Jimmy White in the final – two years in a row.
📋 𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧: 𝗪𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗘𝗥 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗗 𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗢𝗥𝗦 𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗪𝗡
Lee Walker came back from two down with three to play in the final at the Crucible Theatre to win his maiden world seniors championship.
— World Seniors Snooker Tour (@WorldSeniors) May 8, 2022
Walker is part of the SightRight Global Cue Sports Network team, as a trained SightRight coach for Wales, and is also coach to three-times World Champion Mark Williams.
A vintage White had produced some of his best form in recent years to reach the final, dropping just one frame in three matches. During his 4-1 win over Rory McLeod in the last eight, The Whirlwind constructed a total clearance of 138, an effort that topped the high breaks.
Stephen Feeney, founder of SightRight, wrote after on Facebook: “Huge congratulations Lee Walker. A thoroughly deserved crowning moment for you as the 2022 World Seniors Champion. So very proud of you and so glad I stopped you giving up. Such a special achievement for you and your family.”
Walker’s classy break of 83 in the decider saw the Welshman lift the trophy for the first time, and the celebrations SnookerZone learns will continue with a trip to Las Vegas.
— lee walker (@leewalker147) January 29, 2022