SHEFFIELD (AFP) - Scotland's John Higgins won the snooker world championship for the fourth time here on Monday beating England's new star Judd Trump 18-15 in the best of 35 frames final. It capped a traumatic year for 35-year-old Higgins as this time last year he was provisionally suspended over matchfixing allegations of which he was later absolved and then his father died in February. Higgins had showed time and again throughout the tournament his fighting qualities as he came from behind against Ronnie 'Rocket' O'Sullivan and two-time winner and new world number one Mark Williams in the semi-finals. He displayed those again in the final against 21-year-old Trump, who had started as an 80/1 outsider but showed those odds were way off when he ousted defending champion Neil Robertson in the first round. Higgins looked to be in trouble when Trump built on his overnight 10-7 advantage to lead 12-9 and looked like making it a four frame gap when he made a rare potting error. However, the burly Scot not only took that frame but the next four ta boot to hold a 14-12 lead. However, Trump - who showed he was a dark horse to look out for at the championships when he won the China Open last month - also fought back and levelled at 14-14 and hung in there to trail 16-15. Higgins, though, rattled off the two frames required to add this trophy to the ones he won in 1998, 2007 and 2009. Higgins, who took home a cheque for 250,000, will have his sights on the all-time record of seven crowns held by compatriot Stephen Hendry.