Campbell at the 2013 German Masters
22 September 1972 |
|Nickname||The Dumbarton Destroyer|
|Highest ranking||20 (April–May 2012)|
|31 (as of 9 March 2014)|
|Highest break||147 (2008 Bahrain Championship)|
|Best ranking finish||Semi-final (2012 Wuxi Classic)|
Marcus Campbell (born 22 September 1972 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a Scottish professional snooker player. He lives in Erskine. He has been ranked within the world's top 64 for 14 consecutive seasons and is currently ranked at 27.
He is perhaps most famous for whitewashing Stephen Hendry 9–0 in the 1998 Liverpool Victoria UK Championship, one of the most surprising results in snooker's history. He followed this win with 9–6 win over Quinten Hann in the last 32.
He started the 2007/2008 season strongly by reaching the last 16 of the Grand Prix, coming through the qualifiers and beating players like Graeme Dott and Anthony Hamilton before his run ended in a 5–2 defeat to Joe Swail. He also reached the last 32 of the Welsh Open where he beat Lee Spick, Ricky Walden and Gerard Greene and gave Ding Junhui a run for his money before Ding eventually won 5–4. He qualified for the 2008 Bahrain Championship before scoring a 147 in his wildcard match against Ahmed Basheer Al-Khusaibi. He lost to eventual champion Neil Robertson in the last 32. He then qualified for the 2010 World Championship, where he lost 10–5 to Mark Williams.
Campbell won the first professional tournament of his career in Germany when he won Event 3 of the Euro Players Tour Championship beating Liang Wenbo 4–0 in the final. This result along with other consistent performances were enough to see him enter the top 32 in the rankings. He also qualified for the world championship for the second successive year, where he played Shaun Murphy. He subsequently lost 10–1 to Murphy.
In the 2011/2012 season Campbell qualified for six of the eight ranking events. His best results of the season were last 16 exits at the Australian Goldfields Open, where he lost 1–5 to Mark Allen, and at the World Open, thanks to Ali Carter withdrawing from the event, before being defeated by Graeme Dott 3–5. He played former champion Matthew Stevens in the first round of the UK Championship, despite the death of a close friend just a few hours before. Stevens won the match 6–2. Campbell played in all 12 of the PTC events, making two quarter-finals in Event 1 and Event 3, to finish 30th in the Order of Merit, just out of the top 24 who made the Finals. Campbell played Liang Wenbo in the final qualifying round for the World Championship and produced two comebacks in the match having trailed 2–8 and 5–9 to level at 9–9, before the match was delayed to let the evening session's order of play begin. Liang had time to compose himself and won the decider to end Campbell's season, which he finished ranked world number 25.
The 2012/2013 season began very well for Campbell as he qualified for the Wuxi Classic, where he reached the first ranking event semi-final of his 21 year professional career. He dispatched Stephen Lee, Fergal O'Brien and Mark Williams to play Ricky Walden in the semis. He lost the match 1–6 and stated afterwards that he "didn't feel comfortable at all" and put it down to nerves. However, he also felt that winning a ranking tournament was now within his reach. He qualified for four of the next seven ranking events, but lost in the first round on each occasion. He had his best run of the season since Wuxi at the China Open where he overcame Peter Ebdon 5–3 and Graeme Dott 5–4 to make the quarter-finals. There, Campbell lost 2–5 to Neil Robertson. Campbell qualified for the World Championship with a 10–4 victory against Liam Highfield and played defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round, who had taken a year away from snooker since lifting the title 12 months previously. Campbell missed opportunities in the first session to finish it 2–7 behind and went on to lose 4–10. Campbell was ranked world number 28 at the end of the season.
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- "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season". Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Walden And Campbell Into Semis". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- "Marcus Campbell 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- "Red Hot Ricky Drops Campbell In The Soup". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- "Betfair World Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "World Championship 2013: Ronnie O'Sullivan cruises through". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marcus Campbell.|
- "Official player profile of Marcus Campbell". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. "Players Alphabetical" section.
- Marcus Campbell at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
- Profile on Global Snooker
- Video of 147 break from 2008