Louis Heathcote’s remarkable shot he produced in the World Championship Qualifying last year made co-commentator Neal Foulds exclaim: “I can’t believe it.”
Fast forward to this year and we simply still cannot believe it.
Heathcote was already leading the match in question 4-3 against opponent Ryan Day and he was snookered into what seemed an unconquerable angle in the penultimate round of qualifiers.
Because the black ball had Heathcote pinned in a difficult position, he had no exit except towards either the bottom right or left pocket.
The then 24-year-old decided to go for an ambitious shot towards the bottom right of the table, with the white ball then rebounding on both corners of the pocket.
What happened next is where it gets extraordinary.
After rattling the jaws of the bottom pocket, the cue ball then ended up potting the yellow ball on the other side of the table.
It’s easier to just watch the shot than read what happened, so here you go… check above!
However, before the impressive feat took place, commentator Phillip Studd thought the shot was impossible to complete, as he said: “Answers on a postcard with this one,” while Heathcote lined up his cue.
Against all odds and after it was converted, the commentator’s tone shifted straight away and was left in awe by the spectacular shot.
Studd was flabbergasted and said: “Oh my goodness me, that is unbelievable. That’s got to be one of the most extraordinary shots in history.”
Alas the insane play by Heathcote did not lead to victory.
Failing to clear the rest of the colours from the rest of the table, he allowed Day to win the frame to make it 4-4, eventually losing out in the deciding round as well.
At the time, Heathcote was ranked 101 on the World Snooker Tour website, while Day was ranked at 28, it showed the ingenuity the Englishman had to pull of a high calibre shot against a higher-rated opponent.
Even now you can tell that this moment will be remembered for years to come as one of the most iconic shots in the sport’s history.