Jamie Burnett

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Jamie Burnett
Jamie Burnett at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-29 01.jpg
Jamie Burnett at the 2014 German Masters
Born (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 39)
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Sport country  Scotland
Professional 1992–
Highest ranking 27 (1999/2000)
Current ranking 48 (as of 29 March 2015)
Career winnings £619,522[1]
Highest break 148 (2004 UK Championship Qualifying)
Century breaks 135[2]
Best ranking finish Runner-up (2010 Shanghai Masters)

Jamie Burnett (born 16 September 1975) is a professional snooker player from Hamilton, Scotland.

Career[edit]

The Scot made his mark in the 1997 German Open by reaching the quarter finals and equalled his best run the following year in the 1998 Grand Prix.In a 1997/98 season dominated by Stephen Hendry, Burnett claimed two victories over the world number one as well as recorded victories over Stephen Lee and Mark Williams. He made his first appearance in the final stages of the World Championship in 1996, when he led Terry Griffiths 5–0 and 9–5 before losing 9–10. His second appearance did not come until 2009, equalling Barry Pinches' record for the longest gap between Crucible appearances.[3]

During the qualifying stages of the 2004 UK Championship, he achieved the impressive feat of becoming the first ever player to compile a break over 147 in a professional match, in which he made a break of 148 against Leo Fernandez. After being awarded a free ball Burnett took the brown as an extra red, then a brown, then added 15 reds and 12 blacks, two pinks and a blue. He then potted the colours to complete a historic and remarkable 148 break. He afterwards commented "I didn’t really know how to react afterwards. At first I thought it was no big deal, but then I realised I’d made history.”[4]

Burnett qualified for the 2008 UK Championship, losing 3–9 to his practice partner Stephen Maguire in the first round. Bookmakers ceased taking bets on the exact scoreline after a surge of bets for that result.[5] In frame 12 Burnett had a chance to make the scoreline 4–8, missing a straightforward final black by so much that BBC analyst John Parrott suggested that an amateur player would be unhappy. The BBC's Clive Everton commented that the circumstances of the final two frames merited investigation.[6]

The World Snooker Association decided to investigate the circumstances behind the result,[7][8] before a formal police investigation was launched, days before Burnett met Maguire in the 2009 World Championship.[9] Following a report from Strathclyde Police, the Crown announced that it had found insufficient evidence to justify a criminal prosecution.[10]

Burnett qualified for the 2010 Shanghai Masters. He started in the wildcard round, and benefitted from Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrawal of the main draw to receive a bye to the second round. Burnett then beat Andrew Higginson, Mark Davis (coming back from 0-3 and 1-4), and Jamie Cope en route to his first ranking event final, where he was defeated 7-10 by world number 4 Ali Carter.

Burnett could not qualify for a single ranking tournament during the 2011/2012 season.[11] He finished it ranked world number 39 and needed to perform well in the first three tournaments of next season, before he lost the large amount of ranking points he gained for reaching the 2010 final in Shanghai.[12]

Burnett did start the new season strongly as he qualified for the first two ranking events, the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open. In Wuxi he beat Neil Robertson 5–1 in the first round, before losing to Mark Davis 3–5.[13] In Australia Burnett defeated world number one Mark Selby 5–3,[14][15] but then exited the tournament in the second round again following a 1–5 defeat to Marco Fu, with Burnett bemoaning a lack of consistency in his game.[16] Despite this he then almost won his first professional title at the minor-ranking Gdynia Open, which formed part of the Players Tour Championship series, by reaching the final where he faced Neil Robertson. He trailed 0–3 in the best of seven frames match, but came back to level the match at 3–3. The decider lasted 52 minutes with Burnett missing a black off its spot with one red left to lose 3–4.[17] However, his run to the final helped him to qualify for the Finals by finishing 12th on the PTC Order of Merit.[18] In the Finals he faced Robertson once more and was beaten again, this time by a 2–4 scoreline.[13] Burnett also qualified for the International Championship, but lost 3–6 to Stephen Maguire in the first round.[19] From December 2012 until the end of the season Burnett could not win another match, culminating in a 6–10 loss to Yu Delu in the third round of World Championship Qualifying.[20] He ended the season where he began it, ranked world number 39.[21]

Jamie Burnett at the 2014 German Masters.

Burnett's deepest run in a ranking event in the 2013/2014 season was at the German Masters where he beat Ratchayothin Yotharuck 5–2, Joel Walker 5–2, before losing 5–1 to Xiao Guodong in the last 16.[22] He won three matches in World Championship concluding with a 10–8 victory over Ben Woollaston to reach the Crucible for the fourth time.[23] Burnett led Joe Perry 6–3 after the opening session, but was defeated 10–7 and said afterwards that he wasn't enjoying snooker anymore and that it was becoming a chore.[24]

Career finals[edit]

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

Legend
World Championship (0–0)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2010 Shanghai Masters England Carter, AliAli Carter 7–10

Minor-ranking event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2012 Gdynia Open Australia Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson 3–4

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. ^ Twice-Champ Williams Secures Crucible Place
  4. ^ The Guardian: Burnett's break goes one better
  5. ^ The Canadian Press[dead link]
  6. ^ Scots Snooker Stars Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett in betting probe
  7. ^ "World Snooker investigate Jamie Burnett betting suspension". The Daily Telegraph. 15 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Burnett match to be investigated". BBC News. 18 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Police Investigate Snooker Match". BBC News (BBC). 17 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Snooker 'match fixing' probe into Scots duo Stephen Maguire & Jamie Burnett dropped". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 18 May 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jamie Burnett". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Jamie Burnett 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Australian Open 2012: Mark Selby loses to Jamie Burnett". 11 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Brilliant Burnett Knocks Out Selby". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ebdon Grinds Down Ding". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Robertson In Pole Position". World Snooker. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "International Championship (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Jamie Burnett seals Crucible spot". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Jamie Burnett 'fed up' with game". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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