Stuart Bingham: World title prize money does not mean anything

Stuart Bingham: World title prize money does not mean anything

New world champion Stuart Bingham said holding aloft the winner's trophy at the Crucible means more to him than the £300,000 prize money.

Bingham, 38, became the oldest world champion since 1978 by beating Shaun Murphy 18-15 in Sheffield.

He said: "My manager won't like this, but I could easily donate that money because it doesn't mean anything to me.

"Just to put my hands on that trophy, seeing all the names on it, that's just everything. It means so much."

Welshman Ray Reardon is the oldest person to win the World Championship, securing his sixth title in 1978, aged 45.

Pre-tournament outsider Bingham, who rises to number two in the world rankings, shocked five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, as well as Judd Trump, on the way to taking the title.

His 145 break in the quarter-final against O'Sullivan was also enough for him to share with Australian Neil Robertson the £10,000 cheque for highest break.

At 15-15 in the final, having let a 14-11 lead slip, Bingham said he thought he had ruined his opportunity to win the title.

"Coming into the final session, I was talking to my wife and saying 'I don't want to go out there'. I felt that nervous," he said.

"Losing three of the first four frames I thought I blew it but, somehow, I held myself together.

2015-05-08

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