World Snooker: Williams unhappy with 147 prize removal

WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP

Venue:
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Date:
16 April - 2 May
Coverage:
Live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC One HD, Red Button and the BBC Sport website, which also carries full results, reports & features; reports also on BBC Radio 5 Live
Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams
Williams (right) says O'Sullivan is the only player now motivated to go for a 147

Mark Williams thinks snooker could suffer because of the withdrawal of the substantial cash bonus for a maximum 147 break at the World Championship.

The 36-year-old Welshman achieved that feat in 2005 but says he would not bother trying now after the removal of the £147,000 prize.

"It's terrible," he said. "Apart from Ronnie O'Sullivan... a lot of other players aren't going to attempt it.

"That's what people come to see, big breaks. The chance of a 147."

The prize for a maximum break, which has only been achieved nine times in the tournament's history, has been scrapped by governing body World Snooker in a cost-cutting move this year.

Ronnie O'Sullivan misses out on 147 chance

But former champion Williams, who hit his own 147 against against Robert Milkins, fears Crucible audiences may suffer by missing out on a magical moment.

"Even if it was £20,000 for a maximum break, it's got to be something," he added.

"Surely they can knock £20,000 off the top prize fund and give it for a maximum. I'd never even think about going for one."

O'Sullivan begins his potentially difficult second-round match against Shaun Murphy on Saturday, as the pair battle it out to join Williams in the quarter-final line-up.

Williams strolled through to the World Championship last eight on Friday with a comprehensive 13-4 victory over Stoke's Jamie Cope.

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