Fergal O'Brien

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Fergal O'Brien
Fergal O'Brien.jpg
Born (1972-03-08) 8 March 1972 (age 42)
Dublin
Sport country  Ireland
Nickname The Baby-Faced Assassin, Fearless Fergal
Professional 1991–
Highest ranking 9 (2000/01)
Current ranking 28 (as of 24 November 2014)
Career winnings £ 1,104,176[1]
Highest break 143 (Benson & Hedges Masters 2001
Century breaks 157[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 1
Non-ranking 2
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Fergal O'Brien (born 8 March 1972) is an Irish professional snooker player. He has won one ranking title and reached two other major finals, and spent three seasons as a top 16 player.

Career[edit]

His greatest achievement was winning the British Open in 1999, beating Anthony Hamilton 9–7 in the final. Hamilton opened with two centuries, but O'Brien won five frames on the final black to defeat the Nottingham man.

O'Brien also came close to winning the Masters title, losing the 2001 final to Paul Hunter after leading 7–3. He has reached one further ranking final, and three semi-finals

O'Brien peaked at #9 in the rankings following his sole title, but nosedived after this. He narrowly retained his top 16 place for the 2001/2002 season, but dropped out a year later – and then out of the top 32 a year later. Three further falls down the rankings left him at #45, before beginning to recover.

O'Brien also holds the honour of being the only player in history to hit a century break in his very first frame played at the Crucible. Despite this, his best run at the World Championship was only reaching the quarter-final.

O'Brien started the 2007/2008 campaign in Shanghai where he had beaten Paul Davies and Barry Hawkins in qualifying rounds, however, he lost to Steve Davis in the first round. O'Brien also qualified for the Grand Prix but lost four of his group matches to finish 5th in his group ahead of only Graeme Dott.

After qualifying for the main draw of the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy by beating Barry Pinches in a deciding frame, O'Brien went on to beat Dave Harold in the first round of the main draw. Victories over John Higgins (in a decider), Barry Hawkins and Ronnie O'Sullivan, before he reached the second ranking-event final of his career by beating Mark Allen by 6 frames to 3. He lost the final to Stephen Maguire, 5–9.

This run helped him return to the top 32 of the Snooker world rankings 2007/2008, but the early part of the 2008/2009 season proved disappointing, O'Brien not reaching the last sixteen of any of the first four tournaments.

He is also the only player to score a century in his first frame at the World Championships in the Crucible, which he achieved against Alan McManus in 1994 (though he lost the match 10–7 and did not qualify again until 1998), and the first player ever to beat John Parrott in a World Championship qualifier, in 2005. As of the end of 2009 O'Brien has compiled 101 competitive century breaks in his career.

He qualified for the Players Tour Championship 2011/2012 – Finals held in Galway but lost his Last 24 match 0–4 to Joe Perry.

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991/
92
1992/
93
1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[3][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 192 100 42 38 36 23 20 11 9 16 23 33 41 44 46 37 24 31 47 37 34 36 31
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 3] Not held Non-ranking 2R 1R 1R
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4] Not held NR Not held LQ LQ 2R 2R
Shanghai Masters Not Held 1R 1R LQ LQ 2R WR LQ QF
International Championship Not Held 1R 3R 2R
UK Championship LQ 1R 1R 3R LQ LQ 2R QF 3R QF 2R 1R 3R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R
German Masters[nb 5] Not Held LQ LQ LQ NR Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R
Welsh Open LQ LQ 3R 3R 2R QF 4R 3R QF 2R QF LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ 1R 1R 2R
Indian Open Not Held 2R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6] Not Held DNQ 1R DNQ 2R
China Open[nb 7] Not Held NR LQ LQ 1R 1R Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ WR LQ 2R
World Championship LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R QF 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R F QF LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A A A
Championship League Not Held RR A A A A A A
Variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out Not Held 3R 2R 1R 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Classic LQ Not Held
Strachan Open[nb 8] LQ MR NR Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 9] LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-ranking 2R NR Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 10] LQ 3R LQ LQ LQ QF 2R LQ LQ 2R QF NR Not Held NR Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 11] NH 2R LQ LQ 2R LQ SF 3R 5R 2R 2R 1R LQ Not Held MR Not Held
British Open LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R 1R 2R W 5R 2R 3R 3R 3R LQ Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ NH NR Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 12] LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ NH LQ Not Held 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R NR Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not Held NR LQ F 1R Not Held
Bahrain Championship Not Held LQ Not Held
World Open[nb 13] LQ LQ LQ LQ QF 2R 2R 2R 4R 3R 2R 3R LQ 1R 2R RR RR LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Malta Grand Prix Not Held A A A A A R SF Not Held
Champions Cup[nb 14] Not Held A A A A A RR A A Not Held
Scottish Masters A A A A A A A A 1R 1R LQ LQ Not Held
Irish Masters A A SF A A A QF A 1R 1R 1R Ranking Event NH SF Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
DQ disqualified from the tournament
NH / Not Held event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event run under different name as Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  4. ^ The event run under different names as Australian Open (1994/1995) and Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  5. ^ The event run under different name as German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  6. ^ The event run under different name as Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  7. ^ The event run under different name as China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  8. ^ The event run under different name as Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
  9. ^ The event run under different names as Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  10. ^ The event run under different names as Asian Open (1991/1992–1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event run under different names as International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
  12. ^ The event run under different names as European Open (1991/1992–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999)
  13. ^ The event run under different names as Grand Prix (1991/1992–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  14. ^ The event run under different name as Charity Challenge (1994/1995–1998/1999)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking event finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (0–0)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (1–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1999 British Open England Hamilton, AnthonyAnthony Hamilton 9–7
Runner-up 1. 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy Scotland Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire 5–9

Non-ranking tournaments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prize Money - All-time, Professional". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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