David Lilley denied Jimmy White a 3rd consecutive World Seniors title after a 5-3 win within the closing in Sheffield.
The 45-year-old from Washington was enjoying within the closing levels of the occasion for the primary time.
He earned his aggressive debut on the Crucible after coming by way of the preliminary Q-Faculty qualifying in Studying earlier this 12 months.
Lilley constructed up a 3-0 lead and though White levelled it at 3-3, Lilley pulled away once more for victory.
“I am a bit speechless, I did not suppose I might get this emotional,” he mentioned.
“Jimmy is my hero – he is everybody’s hero. I actually do not know what to say; I am simply so completely happy.”
Lilley eradicated Philip Williams, Ken Doherty and Patrick Wallace on his option to the ultimate.