World Billiards Championship:
Champion: Peter Gilchrist
Runner Up: David Causier
Peter Gilchrist defeated David Causier 1824-783 in the final at the Landywood Snooker Club to win the 2023 World Billiards Championship and claim the fifth world title of his illustrious career.
A total of 50 players representing nine nations qualified for this year’s Championship which was being hosted by the popular West Midlands venue in England for the first time.
The top two ranked players in the world, Gilchrist and Causier both reached the final with 100% records having finished top of their round robin groups when making it through to the knockout rounds. The semi-finals featured the world’s top four cueists with Gilchrist seeing off Peter Sheehan 1882-735 and defending champion Causier eliminating Rob Hall 2073-816.
The beginning of the five-hour final was a very scrappy affair with neither player settling.
Singaporean citizen and world number one Gilchrist, though, was resourceful and constructed the first century break of the contest with a 193 before missing a pot when trying to cross the baulk line.
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Champion: David Causier
Runner Up: Peter Gilchrist
In a meeting of the planet’s top two ranked players, world champion David Causier defeated world number one Peter Gilchrist 682-405 in the final to win and retain the 2023 Landywood English Open.
A level 3 ranked World Billiards Tour event, 60 players took part at the popular Landywood Snooker Club – the host for the weekend’s action and tournament sponsor.
Causier defeated players representing four different countries during the groups stage, coming top of Group B with four wins out of four. During this phase he compiled several century breaks, including a triple of 308.
In the knockout rounds, Englishman Causier moved straight to the last 16 where he eliminated New Zealand’s Grant Hayward 971-85, top scoring with an effort of 326.
The 50-year-old then upped his points tally as he registered runs of 341 and 351 during a 1141-125 quarter-final win against Martin Gawthop before hitting the highest break of the tournament – exactly 500 – in a 1022-208 success over John Mullane.
Gilchrist also reached the title match with a 100% record having won Group A and subsequent knockout round victories against John Hughes (455-281), Martin Goodwill (645-214) and Peter Sheehan (673-338).
However, in the latest chapter of their fascinating career rivalry, Causier was the one lifting the trophy, as he crafted a break of 347 to set himself up and later convert for a successful title defence.
In the Landywood English Open Challenge Cup, Chris Mitchell ousted Alex Donne 141-118 in the final to secure the accolade.
Both reports courtesy of WPBSA & Michael Day.