Former UK snooker champion Doug Mountjoy dies aged 78

  • Players past and present pay tribute to Welshman
  • Mountjoy reached world championship final in 1981

Two-time former UK champion Doug Mountjoy has died at the age of 78, World Snooker has announced. The Welshman was a regular on the circuit for well over a decade after turning professional on the back of picking up the world amateur title in 1976, reaching the world championship final in 1981.

World Snooker Tour confirmed the news on its Twitter account on Sunday evening, linking to an article quoting Mountjoy’s close friend and 1980 world champion Cliff Thorburn, who said: “So sad to hear of Doug Mountjoy’s passing today.

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