Snooker’s Golden Ball Challenge: John Higgins Comes Close to Winning £395,000

John Higgins narrowly misses out on achieving a ‘golden’ 167 break at Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker event in Saudi Arabia

John Higgins came close to making a 167 break and winning £395,000 at the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker. The tournament introduced a new golden ball for the event, where players have the chance to make a record 167 break if they complete a 147 break. The golden ball, worth 20 points, is placed on the top cushion throughout the frame until the opportunity for a maximum break is over.

During his second round match against Mark Williams, Higgins, a four-time world champion, converted 15 reds and blacks but missed the yellow, ending with a break of 120. Despite missing out on making the golden break, Higgins went on to defeat Williams 4-2 and advance to the quarter-finals where he would face Ronnie O’Sullivan, the English world number one.

The introduction of the golden ball added an exciting element to the tournament as players aimed for higher breaks and larger cash prizes. Higgins’ near miss showcased his skill and talent as well as added anticipation and suspense for fans watching.

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