John Higgins (snooker player)

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John Higgins
John Higgins at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-29 09.jpg
John Higgins at the 2014 German Masters
Born (1975-05-18) 18 May 1975 (age 39)
Wishaw, Scotland
Sport country  Scotland
Nickname The Wizard of Wishaw
Professional 1992–present
Highest ranking 1 (3 years 9 months)
Current ranking 12 (as of 6 October 2014)
Career winnings £5,962,885[1]
Highest break 147 (7 times)
Century breaks 556[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 25
Minor-ranking 3
Non-ranking 13
World Champion 1998, 2007, 2009, 2011

John Higgins, MBE (born 18 May 1975) is a Scottish professional snooker player from Wishaw. Since turning professional in 1992, he has won 25 ranking titles, including four World Championships and three UK Championships, as well as two Masters titles, making him one of the most successful players in the modern history of the sport.

In terms of world titles in the modern era, Higgins is fifth behind Stephen Hendry (7), Steve Davis (6), Ray Reardon (6) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (5). In terms of ranking titles, he is fourth behind Hendry (36), Davis (28), and O'Sullivan (26). Known as a prolific break-builder, he has compiled more than 550 century breaks in professional tournament play, placing him third behind Hendry and O'Sullivan.[2] He has also compiled 7 competitive maximum breaks, placing him third behind O'Sullivan (12) and Hendry (11). For 16 consecutive full seasons from 1996/1997 to 2011/2012, Higgins never fell below 6th in the world rankings, and was world number 1 on four occasions.[3]

In 2010, the News of the World tabloid newspaper carried out a sting operation in a hotel room in Ukraine, which claimed to show Higgins and his then-manager arranging to lose specific frames in future matches for money. Although an investigation cleared Higgins of match-fixing allegations, it found that he had brought the sport into disrepute by failing to report, and giving the impression of agreeing with, an invitation to breach the sport's betting rules. The WPBSA banned Higgins from professional competition for six months and fined him £75,000. He returned to the tour midway through the 2010/2011 season.

After his return to snooker, Higgins added a third UK Championship title and a fourth world title. However, since his world title win in 2011, Higgins has experienced a noted slump in form. He has won only one other ranking event since then, and has slipped to 12th in the world rankings.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Higgins turned professional in 1992 and reached the quarter-finals of the British Open during his first season on the professional tour. He rose to prominence in the 1994/1995 season when, at the age of 19, he won his first ranking tournament at the Grand Prix, defeating Dave Harold 9–6 in the final.[4] He went on to win two more ranking titles at the British Open[5] and International Open,[6] making him the first teenager to win three ranking events in one season, and he also reached the finals of the Welsh Open and the Masters. By the end of the season, he had moved from 51st to 11th in the world rankings. By the end of the following season, assisted by two more ranking titles and another ranking final, he had moved up to 2nd in the world.

In the UK Championship final in 1996, he recovered from 4–8 down against Stephen Hendry to lead 9–8, only to lose 9–10.[7]

In 1998, Higgins won his first World Championship, beating Jason Ferguson, Anthony Hamilton, John Parrott and Ronnie O'Sullivan, before overcoming defending champion Ken Doherty 18–12 in the final.[8] He made a then-record 14 centuries in the tournament (an achievement that was later eclipsed by Hendry, who made 16 centuries in the 2002 World Championship). After winning the world title, Higgins became world number 1 for the first time in his career, ending Stephen Hendry's eight-year tenure in the top spot.[9]

After the first world title[edit]

During the 1998/99 season, Higgins won the UK Championship[10] and Masters[11] with 10–6 and 10–8 defeats of Matthew Stevens and Ken Doherty, respectively, to become only the third player after Davis and Hendry to hold the World, UK and Masters titles simultaneously (Mark Williams later joined this elite group). In addition, he is one of just five players to have claimed both the World and UK Championship in the same calendar year (1998); the others are Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Higgins remained as World no. 1 for two years,[12] when Mark Williams replaced him at the top of the rankings at the close of the 1999/00 season.[13] Higgins and Williams met in the Grand Prix final in 1999, where Higgins came from 2–6 down to claim a 9–8 victory;[14] the World Championship semi-final in 2000, where Higgins was defeated 15–17 after surrendering a 14–10 advantage in the final session;[15] and the UK Championship final in 2000 – Higgins winning by a margin of 10–4 to earn his second UK title.[16][17]

He reached the World Championship final in 2001, but lost 14–18 to Ronnie O'Sullivan.[18][19] At the beginning of the 2001/02 season, Higgins became the first player to win the opening three tournaments of a season: the Champions Cup,[20] Scottish Masters[21] (both invitational events), and the British Open.[22] Higgins then failed to win a major title until his fourth British Open triumph in 2004.[23]

In the Grand Prix final in 2005, Higgins beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–2.[24][25] In doing so, he became the first player to record four consecutive centuries in a ranking tournament, with breaks of 103, 104, 138 and 128 in frames 7 to 10. Higgins scored 494 points without reply, which was then a record (Ding Junhui managed 495 points against Stephen Hendry in the Premier League in 2007).[26] Higgins and O'Sullivan also contested the Masters finals in 2005 and 2006. Higgins was beaten 3–10 in 2005.[27][28] In 2006, he lost the first three frames, but won the next five to establish a lead after the first session. O'Sullivan levelled in the evening, and the match went to a deciding frame. On a 60 break, O'Sullivan missed a red to a baulk pocket, and Higgins made a clearance of 64 to win 10–9 to claim the title for the second time.[29][30]

Second and third world titles[edit]

John Higgins with the World Championship trophy in 2007

In the World Championship in 2007, Higgins beat Michael Holt, Fergal O'Brien, Ronnie O'Sullivan, and Stephen Maguire en route to the final. His break of 122 in the 29th frame of his semi-final against Maguire, on recovering from a deficit of 10–14 in the final session to prevail 17–15,[31] was the 1,000th century to be made at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield since the World Championship was first staged there in 1977. In the final, Higgins held a 12–4 advantage over Mark Selby overnight, but Selby reduced his arrears to a single frame on day two. However, at 14–13, Higgins rediscovered his form to win four consecutive frames to clinch the match 18–13[32][33] to secure his second World title at 12:54 a.m., the latest finish to a World final (equalled when Neil Robertson beat Graeme Dott in 2010); and nine years after his first title – the longest time span between successes since Alex Higgins (1972, 1982), and the longest at The Crucible. He regained World no. 1 status.[34]

As World Champion, Higgins reached the quarter-final stages in only the Welsh[35] and China Open[36] tournaments. He helped to establish, and actively promoted, the World Series of Snooker[37][38] – a tour intended to bring snooker to new venues outside the traditional United Kingdom and recently developed Far East markets. He won the inaugural event in St. Helier in June 2008, beating Mark Selby 6–3 in the final. Higgins also devised a new players’ union with his manager Pat Mooney, called The Snooker Players Association. He won the Grand Prix for the fourth time in 2008,[39] beating Ryan Day 9–7 in the final in Glasgow – his first ranking tournament win on home soil.[40]

In the World Championship in 2009, Higgins beat Michael Holt 10–5 in round one. His second-round and quarter-final matches both went the full distance of 25 frames, with Higgins overcoming 10–12 and 11–12 deficits against Jamie Cope[41] and Mark Selby,[42] respectively, to win 13–12. He established a 13–3 lead in the semi-final against Mark Allen and progressed 17–13 – withstanding a comeback by the Northern Irishman.[43] Higgins recorded an 18–9 victory over Shaun Murphy in the final[44][45] to become the ninth player to win the World title three or more times after Joe Davis, Fred Davis, John Pulman, John Spencer, Ray Reardon, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan. He joined Steve Davis, Hendry and O'Sullivan as the only players to have lifted the trophy three or more times at The Crucible. At two weeks before his 34th birthday, Higgins became the oldest player to triumph since Dennis Taylor in 1985, who was 36 years of age.

In the 2009/10 season, as reigning World Champion, he lost 5–6 on the black ball to Neil Robertson in the semi-final of the Grand Prix;[46][47] and 8–10 to Ding Junhui in the final of the UK Championship,[48][49] after surviving a comeback by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-final when leading 8–2, to advance 9–8 the previous evening. he also defeated Neil Robertson 9–8 during the tournament[50] He captured the Welsh Open title by defeating Allister Carter 9–4 in the final,[51][52] and ended the season as World no. 1 despite an 11–13 loss to Steve Davis in round two of the World Championship.[53][54]

Match-fixing allegations and fourth world title[edit]

Suspension[edit]

On 2 May 2010, Higgins and his manager, Pat Mooney, a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) board member, were the subject of match-fixing allegations after being filmed in a sting operation conducted by the now disgraced News of the World newspaper.[55][56][57] An undercover News of the World team, led by Mazher Mahmood, posing as promoters, met Higgins and his manager on 30 April, in a hotel room in Kiev under the pretence of organising a series of events linked to the World Series of Snooker.[56] The newspaper alleged that Higgins and Mooney had agreed to lose four frames in four separate tournaments in exchange for a €300,000 total payment, and further discussed the mechanics of how to fix a frame, which tournaments and opponents to choose, and how to transfer the money to Higgins.[56] Higgins was immediately suspended from the game and Mooney resigned from his position on the WPBSA board.[58][59] Higgins issued a statement on the same day denying he had ever been involved in match-fixing, and explained that he decided to "play along" out of fear for his safety, suspecting the involvement of the Russian Mafia.[60]

A full investigation was conducted into the allegations by David Douglas – a former Metropolitan Police detective chief superintendent, and head of the WPBSA's disciplinary committee. The independent tribunal that followed on 7–8 September, hosted by Sports Resolutions (UK) and chaired by Ian Mill QC, concurred that the WPBSA was right to conclude that Higgins had truthfully accounted for his words and actions and to withdraw the more serious charges of match-fixing, but found him guilty of 'giving the impression' he would breach betting rules, and of failing to report the approach made by the News of the World. Higgins received a six-month ban, backdated to the start of his suspension period, and was fined £75,000.[61]

Return to snooker[edit]

Higgins returned to professional competition on 12 November 2010 in the Ruhr ChampionshipEuropean Players Tour Championship (EPTC) event five in Hamm and went on to win the tournament beating Shaun Murphy 4–2 in the final.[62] His winning streak continued in the Prague Classic (EPTC6) in Prague where he reached the final again, but lost 3–4 to Michael Holt.[63]

In the UK Championship, his first tournament on British soil since his return, he reached his third final in succession. He fought back from 2–7 and 5–9 down against Mark Williams, and from 7–9 after trailing 0–61, and needing a snooker to level the match.[64] He made a 68 break in the decider, and sealed a 10–9 victory with a double on the brown.[65] In securing his third UK title, Higgins became only the fourth player after Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan, to win the second biggest ranking tournament in snooker three or more times. As a result of his progress in those three events, where he won 18 out of 19 matches, Higgins earned sufficient points to regain his position as World no. 1 under the new two-year rolling ranking system after having slipped to third by missing the start of the 2010/2011 season.[66]

Higgins lost in the first round of the Masters 4–6 against Graeme Dott[67] and withdrew from the German Masters after defeating Robert Milkins 5–3 in round one,[68] to return home due to the deteriorating health of his father, who subsequently died after a long battle against cancer.[69] A little over two weeks later, Higgins successfully defended his Welsh Open title by beating Stephen Maguire 9–6 in the final[70] – dedicating victory to his late father. Higgins won the Hainan Classic, defeating Jamie Cope in the final.[71] Higgins reached the quarter-final of the China Open, where he lost 2–5 against Shaun Murphy.[72] Higgins' next tournament was the Scottish Professional Championship, where he defeated Anthony McGill 6–1 in the final.[73][74]

In the World Championship, Higgins defeated Stephen Lee 10–5 in the first round, Rory McLeod 13–7 in the second round and Ronnie O'Sullivan 13–10 in the quarter-finals.[75] On the way to a 17–14 victory over Mark Williams in the semi-finals, Higgins was heckled by an audience member who shouted out, "How do you swallow that three hundred thousand, John? ... You're a disgrace to snooker."[76] Higgins went on to defeat Judd Trump 18–15 in the final to win his fourth world title,[77][78] which prompted Steve Davis to comment "I think John Higgins is the best snooker player I've ever seen in my life".[79] Despite the victory, Higgins lost the world number one ranking to Mark Williams.[80]

Struggles with form[edit]

Higgins had a poor 2011/2012 season, reaching only two quarter finals of major ranking events. His season-best performance was reaching the semi-finals of the Masters, where he lost 4–6 to Shaun Murphy.[81] Before the start of his World Championship title defence, he admitted that his performance levels had not been good enough and that he had not been trying hard enough, managing just one or two days of practice a week.[82] In the first round of the tournament, he came from 6–8 down to defeat Liang Wenbo 10–9.[83] He then played Stephen Hendry in the second round, the first time the two players had ever met in a World Championship, but Hendry thrashed the defending champion 13–4, with Higgins calling it the worst he had ever played at the Crucible.[84] He finished the season ranked world number five.[85]

John Higgins at 2013 German Masters

Higgins started the 2012/2013 season well, winning his 25th ranking title at the Shanghai Masters after coming back from 2–7 down to defeat Judd Trump 10–9 in the final.[86] He made a maximum break during the final, and compiled another 147 break in his second-round match against Mark Davis at the UK Championship.[86][87] He also won the minor-ranking Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy, defeating Trump 4–2 in the final, and reached the final of the minor-ranking Bulgarian Open, where he lost 0–4 to Trump. However, the season thereafter was another disappointing one for Higgins, who lost 3–4 to unranked amateur Jordan Brown at the minor-ranking Scottish Open and reached only one other semi-final of a major ranking event, the World Open, which he lost 2–6 to Mark Allen.[88][89] He exited the World Championship in the first round, losing 6–10 to Mark Davis.[90] Afterward, he admitted that doubts about whether he could remain at the pinnacle of the sport after 20 years as a professional had affected his form.[91] He finished the season ranked 11th, slipping out of the top 10 for the first time in 17 seasons.[92]

Playing with a new cue, Higgins began the 2013/2014 season strongly, winning the minor-ranking Bulgarian Open with a 4–1 victory over Neil Robertson in the final, having beaten Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O'Sullivan earlier in the event.[93] This win allowed him briefly to regain his top-10 ranking.[94] He reached the final of the season's first major ranking event, the Wuxi Classic, which he lost 7–10 to Robertson.[95] His form then deteriorated again and he suffered early defeats at a number of minor-ranking events, including a 0–4 loss to Mark King in the last 128 of the Paul Hunter Classic. He changed his cue again before defending his Shanghai Masters title, but lost 1–5 to Mark Davis in the last 16.[96] His Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup title defence ended when he was whitewashed 0–4 by Andrew Higginson in the last 128.[97] He lost 2–4 to Ding Junhui in the last 16 of the 2013 Indian Open,[98] and lost 2–6 to Matthew Stevens in the last 32 of the 2013 International Championship.[99] In the invitational Champion of Champions tournament, he lost 3–4 in the first round to Stephen Maguire.[100]

Higgins switched cues yet again before the UK Championship, but continued to struggle in his matches, calling his poor form "soul-destroying."[101] He lost 3–6 to Maguire in the last 16.[102] Referring to Higgins's frequent changes of cue, 1986 World Champion and television commentator Joe Johnson alleged that Higgins was "searching for something that is not there" and "looking for someone or something to blame" for his poor form.[103] Higgins retaliated by claiming that players in Johnson's era had struggled to make breaks of 30 or 40 on tables with much larger pockets, and by calling Johnson one of the sport's worst commentators.[104][105] After the UK Championship, he slipped to number 12 in the world rankings, having failed to progress beyond the last 16 of any tournament since the Wuxi Classic in June.[106][107]

Before the Masters, Higgins revealed that he had reached the "depths of despair" after the UK Championship, after spending months "in turmoil." He also revealed that he had switched to yet another cue, had regained his tempo, and felt that he was playing better than he had in some time.[108] He defeated Stuart Bingham 6–2 in the first round,[109] but lost 5–6 in the quarter-finals to defending champion Mark Selby, despite having led the match 5–3.[110]

John Higgins at 2014 German Masters

At the German Masters, Higgins lost 3–5 to Dominic Dale in the last 32.[111] At the Welsh Open, he defeated Judd Trump 4–3 in the last 16,[112] but lost 1–5 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals.[113] At the World Open, he came from 0–4 behind to defeat Trump 5–4 in the last 16,[114] but lost 3–5 to defending champion Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.[115] He reached a third consecutive ranking tournament quarter-final at the Players Tour Championship Finals, but lost 1–4 to Marco Fu.[116] At the China Open, he lost 2–5 to Ding Junhui in the last 16.[117] He suffered a second consecutive first-round exit from the World Championship when he lost 7–10 to fellow Scot Alan McManus at the Crucible.[118] After the match, Higgins described himself as a "journeyman top-16 player now," suggesting that he no longer regarded himself among the top contenders at tournaments.[119] He ended the campaign as the world number 11, the lowest he has been at the end of the season in 19 years.[120]

Higgins failed to impress in the opening ranking events of the 2014/2015 season, losing 4–5 to Alan McManus in the last 32 of the Wuxi Classic,[121] 2–5 to Robert Milkins in the last 16 of the Australian Goldfields Open,[122] and 4–5 to Ryan Day in the last 32 of the Shanghai Masters.[123] He defended his minor-ranking Bulgarian Open title, but lost 1–4 against Judd Trump in the last 64.[124]

Personal life[edit]

Higgins married Denise in 2000; they have three children together: sons Pierce and Oliver, and daughter Claudia.[citation needed] He is a dedicated supporter of Celtic FC and frequently attends the team's matches. He enjoys playing poker.[125] He also follows English club Everton.[126]

He was escorted off a plane for being drunk in 2006 after losing the Malta Cup final to Ken Doherty, but became teetotal in preparation for the 2007 World Championship, which he went on to win[127]

Higgins was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[128]

In January 2010, Higgins appeared on the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind, answering questions on his specialist subject Dallas. He finished third equal.

In February 2010, Higgins and his wife Denise appeared on ITV's Mr. and Mrs. and reached the final after answering 9 questions correctly out of 9 to win £30,000.[129] They donated the money to The Dalziel Centre – a day hospice for cancer patients, based at Strathclyde Hospital in Motherwell, of which Higgins became a patron after they cared for his terminally ill father.[130]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1992/
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Ranking[131][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 122 51 11 2 2 1 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 4 1 5 4 1 2 5 11 11
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 3] Tournament Not held Non-ranking A F 2R
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4] Not held NR Tournament Not held 1R A A 2R
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held 2R 2R SF A QF W 2R 1R
International Championship Tournament Not Held 1R 3R
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ SF F 2R W SF W QF QF 2R 2R 3R SF 1R QF F W 2R 2R 4R
World Open[nb 5] 3R 3R W F 3R F 1R W WD QF 3R F 1R W QF 2R W SF A QF SF QF
German Masters[nb 6] Not Held W SF W NR Not Held WD 2R LQ 2R
Welsh Open LQ LQ F 3R QF F 3R W QF QF 2R 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 2R W W 2R 2R QF
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 3R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 7] Tournament Not Held DNQ 1R 1R QF
China Open[nb 8] Tournament Not Held NR W LQ 1R SF Not Held 2R F QF QF F 2R QF 2R 1R 3R
World Championship LQ LQ 1R QF QF W SF SF F QF QF 2R 2R 1R W 2R W 2R W 2R 1R 1R
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held 1R
The Masters LQ LQ F 1R 1R 1R W 1R 1R 1R QF SF F W 1R 1R SF 1R 1R SF QF QF
Championship League Tournament Not Held A 2R 2R RR A 2R RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 9] Tournament Not Held A QF A NH A 2R QF
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 1R 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 10] LQ LQ 2R QF 1R Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-ranking QF NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] LQ LQ 1R QF 1R 1R QF LQ SF QF NR Tournament Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12] LQ LQ W W SF F SF QF 3R 2R SF 2R Tournament Not Held MR Not Held
British Open QF 2R W F 1R W SF QF 3R W QF QF W Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event F QF 1R NH NR Tournament Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 13] LQ QF 1R 1R W NH 2R Not Held 2R QF QF SF F 1R NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR 3R 2R SF Tournament Not Held
Former non-ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4] Not held W A Tournament Not held Ranking Event
German Masters[nb 6] Not Held Ranking Event QF Not Held Ranking Event
Malta Grand Prix Not Held A F A F QF R SF Tournament Not Held
Champions Cup[nb 14] Not Held A F QF W W SF SF W Not Held
Scottish Masters 1R A A QF SF SF F F QF W F Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held 1R Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters A A A 1R QF SF QF W QF W Ranking Event NH SF Tournament Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 13] Ranking Event NH R Not Held Ranking Event SF Tournament Not Held
Premier League[nb 15] A A A A RR SF W SF SF F RR F A A A F RR SF A RR 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. ^ a b The event run under different names as Australian Open (1994/1995) and Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  5. ^ The event run under different names as Grand Prix (1992/1993–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  6. ^ a b The event run under different name as German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  7. ^ The event run under different name as Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  8. ^ The event run under different name as China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  9. ^ The event run under different names as Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  10. ^ The event run under different names as Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event run under different names as Asian Open (1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event run under different names as International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
  13. ^ a b The event run under different names as European Open (1992/1993–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999)
  14. ^ The event run under different name as Charity Challenge (1994/1995–1998/1999)
  15. ^ The event run under different name as European League (1992/1993–1996/1997)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking event finals: 40 (25 titles, 15 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (4–1)
UK Championship (3–2)
Other (18–12)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1994 Grand Prix England Dave Harold 9–6
Runner-up 1. 1995 Welsh Open England Steve Davis 3–9
Winner 2. 1995 British Open England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–6
Winner 3. 1995 International Open England Steve Davis 9–5
Runner-up 2. 1995 Grand Prix Scotland Stephen Hendry 5–9
Winner 4. 1995 German Open Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 9–3
Winner 5. 1996 International Open (2) England Rod Lawler 9–3
Runner-up 3. 1996 British Open England Nigel Bond 8–9
Runner-up 4. 1996 UK Championship Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–10
Winner 6. 1997 European Open England John Parrott 9–5
Runner-up 5. 1997 Grand Prix (2) Wales Dominic Dale 6–9
Winner 7. 1997 German Open (2) England John Parrott 9–4
Runner-up 6. 1998 Welsh Open (2) England Paul Hunter 5–9
Runner-up 7. 1998 Scottish Open England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5–9
Winner 8. 1998 British Open (2) Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–8
Winner 9. 1998 World Snooker Championship Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 18–12
Winner 10. 1998 UK Championship Wales Matthew Stevens 10–6
Winner 11. 1999 Grand Prix (2) Wales Mark Williams 9–8
Winner 12. 1999 China International Scotland Billy Snaddon 9–3
Winner 13. 2000 Welsh Open England Stephen Lee 9–8
Winner 14. 2000 UK Championship (2) Wales Mark Williams 10–4
Runner-up 8. 2001 World Snooker Championship England Ronnie O'Sullivan 14–18
Winner 15. 2001 British Open (3) Scotland Graeme Dott 9–6
Runner-up 9. 2003 Irish Masters England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–10
Runner-up 10. 2003 LG Cup (3) Wales Mark Williams 5–9
Winner 16. 2004 British Open (4) Scotland Stephen Maguire 9–6
Winner 17. 2005 Grand Prix (3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–2
Runner-up 11. 2006 Malta Cup (2) Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 8–9
Runner-up 12. 2006 China Open Wales Mark Williams 8–9
Winner 18. 2007 World Snooker Championship (2) England Mark Selby 18–13
Winner 19. 2008 Grand Prix (4) Wales Ryan Day 9–7
Runner-up 13. 2009 China Open (2) England Peter Ebdon 8–10
Winner 20. 2009 World Snooker Championship (3) England Shaun Murphy 18–9
Runner-up 14. 2009 UK Championship (2) China Ding Junhui 8–10
Winner 21. 2010 Welsh Open (2) England Ali Carter 9–4
Winner 22. 2010 UK Championship (3) Wales Mark Williams 10–9
Winner 23. 2011 Welsh Open (3) Scotland Stephen Maguire 9–6
Winner 24. 2011 World Snooker Championship (4) England Judd Trump 18–15
Winner 25. 2012 Shanghai Masters England Judd Trump 10–9
Runner-up 15. 2013 Wuxi Classic Australia Neil Robertson 7–10

Minor ranking wins: (3)[edit]

Non-ranking wins: (13)[edit]

Pro-am tournaments[edit]

Team events[edit]

Amateur tournaments[edit]

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