Rod Lawler

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Rod Lawler
Rod Lawler at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-02-01 07.jpg
Lawler at the 2014 German Masters
Born (1971-07-12) 12 July 1971 (age 43)
Sport country  England
Nickname Rod the Plod
Professional 1990–
Highest ranking 20 (1996/1997)
Current ranking 41 (as of 6 October 2014)
Career winnings £ 543,657[1]
Highest break 143 (2003 World Championship Qualifying)[2]
Century breaks 86[3]
Best ranking finish Runner-up (1996 International Open)
Tournament wins
Minor-ranking 1
Non-ranking 1

Rod Lawler (born 12 July 1971 in Liverpool, England) is an English professional snooker player. He is noted for his very slow play, which has led to him being nicknamed "Rod the Plod".[4]


Early career[edit]

He turned professional in 1990. His first season proved to be quite successful as he reached the Last 32 in the Dubai Classic, losing out 2-5 to former World Billiards Champion Rex Williams. He then followed this up with a run to the Quarter Finals of the Classic, beating John Virgo 5-3 to qualify, as well as Joe Johnson 5-3 in the second round, before losing 2-5 to Mike Hallett. His best run in a ranking tournament was in 1996, when he reached the final of the International Open, beating World Champion Stephen Hendry 5–3 in the second round, but his run ended in the final where he lost 9–3 to John Higgins.[5]

He also reached the final of the 1994 Benson and Hedges Championship, losing 5-9 to Mark Williams in the Final.

In 1995, Lawler reached the Semi-final of the Malta Masters, beating future UK Champion Matthew Stevens in the Quarter Final, however he lost in the Semi-final to the home favorite Tony Drago. He followed up this result by reaching the Last 16 of the Grand Prix, beating the aforementioned Tony Drago in the Last 32, before being whitewashed 5-0 by Stephen Hendry.

Lawler has qualified for the final stages of the World Championship on two occasions, the first being in 1995, where he beat a young Marcus Campbell in qualifying, before losing to Peter Ebdon in the Last 32 at the Crucible. He qualified again in 1996, beating former World Champion Dennis Taylor in the final qualifying round. At the Crucible he then beat 1991 World Champion John Parrott 10-6, before losing in the Last 16 to Dave Harold by 13 frames to 6, this was, to date, his best World Championship performance.

In 1997, Lawler reached the Semi-final of the Benson and Hedges Championship, losing a final frame decider against Andy Hicks.

His best result in the UK Championship came in 1998, where he beat Jamie Burnett and John Read, before losing to Matthew Stevens in the Last 16.[6]

Lawler also reached the Quarter Finals of the 2003 Welsh Open, beating players such as Stephen Maguire, Jimmy White and Michael Holt before losing 2-5 to seven time World Champion Stephen Hendry

Recent years[edit]

Lawler narrowly missed out on a place in the last 32 in the 2009 China Open, winning three qualifying matches, the last of which was against Matthew Stevens, to reach the venue in Beijing, only to lose 3-5 to local wildcard Yu Delu.[7] In 2010 however, Lawler did reach the Last 32 of the China Open, winning three qualifying matches against Matthew Selt, Dominic Dale, and Ricky Walden. Also defeating wildcard Supoj Saenla 5-3, before losing to then number 8 seed Mark Selby

The 2011/12 was a disastrous season for Lawler. He reached the third qualifying round in three ranking events. Apart from that he lost a lot of matches which then proved quite costly at the end of the season as he finished ranked 73, losing his place on the main tour. He then entered the Q School and reached the semi-finals of Event 3 by beating another former professional Joe Delaney to regain his tour place for the next two seasons.

Lawler had a great start to the 2012/13 season as he won all four matches to qualify for the Wuxi Classic. At the venue he defeated Li Hang and Stephen Maguire to reach the last 16 where he was narrowly beaten 4–5 by Graeme Dott. In September he won his first professional title at the UK PTC 3 event defeating Marco Fu 4–2 in the final[8] in Gloucester, Beating the likes of Stuart Bingham, Stephen Lee and Dominic Dale en route to the final.

Following his Gloucester success, Rod continued to perform well, reaching the final qualifying round of both the UK Championship and Haikou World Open tournaments, with his results enough to move him back inside the top 64 provisionally.

His victory over Fu at the UK PTC along with a semi-final run in the European Tour 2012/2013 – Event 6 meant that he qualified for the PTC Finals ranked 7th on the Order of Merit. At the venue in Galway he beat Cao Yupeng by a 4-2 scoreline, only to lose to Kurt Maflin in the Last 16 by 4 frames to 3, having led throughout the match.

At the 2013 World Championship, Lawler beat Scottish Amateur Fraser Patrick 10-5, he then resisted an admirable fightback to beat Anthony McGill 10-9, after being 7-2 and 8-3 up. However in the final qualifying round, he lost 7-10 to World number 21 Martin Gould, despite being 5-2 up at one point in the match, however, the progression to the final qualifying round netted him £8,200.

Lawler earned £49,050 during the 2012/2013 snooker season. He also made 15 century breaks, more than in any previous season.[9]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Rod Lawler at 2014 German Masters

At the Start of the 2013/2014, Lawler was ranked 59th in the World rankings. In the qualifiers for the 2013 Wuxi Classic, Lawler lost his qualifying match 2-5 against Chinese youngster Lü Haotian. In the qualifiers for the Australian Goldfields Open, Lawler lost his opening match in the Last 96 to Scotsman Ross Muir 1-5. Lawler lost his opening game in the Shanghai Masters 1-5 to Mohamed Khairy. Lawler ended this run of bad results to beat Jak Jones 4-0 to qualify for the inaugural Indian Open. He defeated Indian wildcard Kamal Chalwa 4-1, before receiving a bye to the last 32, due to the withdrawal of Ali Carter, however, he was defeated 2-4 by Neil Robertson. He followed this up with a run to the Last 16 of the third European Tour event, beating James Cahill, Liam Highfield and John Higgins before losing to Mark Allen 2-4. Lawler also qualified for the International Championship, beating Ian Burns 6-4 in qualifying, he then beat Aditya Mehta 6-4, before losing 4-6 to Fergal O'Brien in the last 32. Lawler lost in the last 64 of the UK Championship, having defeated Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-3, before losing 1-6 to John Higgins, he also qualified for the German Masters, defeating Mitchell Travis 5-1 in qualifying. He also managed to qualifying for the World Open, this time defeating Elliot Slessor, also by a 5-1 scoreline.

Career finals[edit]

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

World Championship (0–0)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1996 International Open Scotland Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins 3–9

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2012 Players Tour Championship – Event 3 Hong Kong Fu, MarcoMarco Fu 4–2

Non-ranking event finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Masters (0–0)
Premier League (0–0)
Other (1–2)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1994 Benson & Hedges Championship Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams 5–9
Winner 1. 1995/96 Merseyside Professional Championship England Reynolds, DeanDean Reynolds 5–4[10]
Runner-up 2. 2000/01 Merseyside Professional Championship England Holt, MichaelMichael Holt 3–5[10]

Pro-am wins[edit]

  • Finnish Masters – 1996
  • China Masters – 1996


  1. ^ "Prize Money - All-time, Professional". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "2003 World Championship - Tournament Ranking". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Rod the Plod Downs Dale
  5. ^ WWW Snooker: International Open 1996
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  8. ^ "Lawler Wins First Pro Title". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rod Lawler - Season 2013/2014". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "Merseyside Professional Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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