Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry are rarely overshadowed at the Embassy World Championship but they have so far been upstaged by Mark Williams.
The Welshman’s 147 maximum against Robert Milkins made him only the fifth player in the history of the Crucible to achieve the landmark.
Williams stands to pocket £161,000 (€235,800) if no-one repeats his 147 clearance in the remainder of the tournament. But with O’Sullivan and Hendry back at the table today it could well come under threat.
Defending champion O’Sullivan was back in Sheffield last night preparing for the start of his three-day, best-of-25-frames game with Ali Carter.
The Rocket has not played since last Saturday’s narrow 10-9 win against Glaswegian Stephen Maguire, while Hendry only finished off Australian Neil Robertson 10-7 yesterday.
Nottingham’s Anthony Hamilton provides the next opposition for the seven-times world champion whose own maximum came against Jimmy White 10 years ago. “It should be a good match for me,” said the 36-year-old Scot.