Craig Steadman

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Craig Steadman
Craig Steadman PHC 2016.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1982-07-14) 14 July 1982 (age 35)
Farnworth, England
Sport country  England
Nickname Rock-Steady
Professional 2009–2010, 2012–
Highest ranking 66 (June 2015)
Current ranking 89 (as of 18 December 2017[needs update])
Career winnings £128,588[1]
Highest break 143:
2010 Welsh Open (qualifying)
Century breaks 51[1]
Best ranking finish Last 16 (2014 China Open, 2017 Welsh Open)

Craig Steadman (born 14 July 1982) is an English professional snooker player.


Early career[edit]

Steadman began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2001, at the time the second-level professional tour.[2] He reached the quarter final at the 2006 IBSF World Championships in Amman, Jordan, where he was eliminated by Manan Chandra 6–3. He reached the final of the 2008 European Snooker Championships but was defeated 7–6 by David Grace. He first entered Main Tour for the 2009/10 season, after finishing the 2008/09 PIOS rankings on the rank 8. On 23 May 2009 he won the English Team Championship with Manchester.[3]

2011/2012 season[edit]

He made it to the main draw of a ranking event for the first time in 2012, by beating Mike Dunn 5–3 in the wildcard round for the German Masters. He played Matthew Stevens in the first round, but was comfortably beaten 5–1.[4] Despite not being on the main snooker tour Steadman played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events throughout the season, reaching the last 32 on four occasions. These performances were enough to see him earn a place back on the tour for the 2012/2013 season. Steadman decided to accept the invitiation back on to the main tour only at the very last minute, as he felt snooker was distracting him from his main career as a professional artist.[5]

2012/2013 season[edit]

Steadman took advantage of a new flatter structure used in the qualifiers for the 2013 Welsh Open, whereby he would only need to win two matches to reach the venue by defeating Yu Delu and Jamie Burnett with the loss of only one frame.[6] However, in Newport he was whitewashed 0–4 by Stuart Bingham.[7] Steadman played in all ten PTC's this season, with his best results being three last 32 defeats to finish 65th on the Order of Merit.[8] His season ended when he lost 6–10 to Kurt Maflin in the second round of World Championship Qualifying to finish the year ranked world number 83.[9][10]

2013/2014 season[edit]

In his opening match, Steadman defeated Marcus Campbell 5–3 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he faced Lü Haotian in the first round and lost 5–3.[11] He also qualified for the International Championship and World Open, but lost in the opening round of each.[11] At the China Open, Steadman beat Michael Holt and Martin O'Donnell to advance to the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time, where he was defeated 5–2 by Mike Dunn.[12] In qualifying for the World Championship, Steadman saw off Jak Jones 10–7 to play Steve Davis in the second round. He led 9–5 before Davis won three frames in a row but Steadman then took a 46-minute 18th frame on the colours to win 10–8, in a result that relegated six-time world champion Davis from the main tour.[13] Steadman himself lost his place on the tour in the next round when he was defeated 10–6 by Dechawat Poomjaeng as he was ranked world number 78, outside of the top 64.[14][15] He entered Q School and dropped just two frames in his five matches of the first event to earn a new two-year tour card for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.[16]

2014/2015 season[edit]

2014 Paul Hunter Classic

Steadman began the 2014/2015 season by qualifying for the Wuxi Classic for the second year in a row and was beaten 5–2 by Marco Fu in the first round.[17] He also qualified for the International Championship by defeating Cao Yupeng 6–4 and he saw off Graeme Dott 6–1 in the first round, before losing 6–3 to Ian Burns.[18] Despite Anthony Hamilton being docked a frame for arriving late to their first round UK Championship meeting, Steadman was edged out 6–5 in a scrappy six-and-a-half-hour match. Steadman described his performance as pathetic afterwards, but responded in his very next event the Lisbon Open.[19] He began the tournament with a 4–1 win over Shaun Murphy, a player who had won the last two European Tour events, and then earned a pair of deciding frame victories against Kyren Wilson (came back from 3–0 down to win 4–3) and Joe Swail (came back from 3–1 down to win 4–3).[20] Steadman then whitewashed Stuart Bingham 4–0 to reach his first quarter-final in a professional event, where he lost 4–3 to Mark Davis.[21]

In April, Steadman qualified for the televised stages of the World Championship for the first time, courtesy of wins over Rhys Clark, Michael White and Jamie Burnett.[17] He described playing five-time winner of the event Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round an honour and was defeated 10–3.[22][23]

2015/2016 season[edit]

A 6–2 triumph over Li Hang saw Steadman qualify for the International Championship for the third successive year, but he lost 6–2 to Ding Junhui in the opening round. He also lost in the first round of both the UK Championship (6–3 to Zhou Yuelong) and Welsh Open (4–1 to Dechawat Poomjaeng).[24] Steadman was knocked out in the fifth round of Q School 1 and the final round of the second event. This meant he earned a new two-year tour card by ending in first place on the Q School Order of Merit.[25]

2016/2017 season[edit]

Steadman lost in the second round of three events in the first half of the 2016/2017 season and also let 3–0 and 5–3 leads slip against Anthony McGill in the first round of the UK Championship to be defeated 6–5.[26] His best form of the year came at the Welsh Open, where he reached the last 16 of an event for the second time in his career after eliminating Jak Jones 4–2, Sam Baird 4–1 and Anthony Hamilton 4–2. However, he was then whitewashed 4–0 by Barry Hawkins.[27]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1999/
Ranking[28][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 4] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 4] 83 [nb 5] 73 [nb 5] 82
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ 2R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ
Paul Hunter Classic Tournament Not Held Pro-Am Minor-Ranking Event 2R 3R
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ LQ NH LQ LQ
World Open[nb 7] A A A A A A LQ A A LQ 1R Not Held LQ LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 2R 1R LQ LQ
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R
UK Championship A A A A A A LQ A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open[nb 8] A A A A A Tournament Not Held MR Not Held 1R 3R
German Masters Tournament Not Held A 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Variant Format Event 1R 1R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A A A A A LQ A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 4R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R
Players Championship[nb 9] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open A A A Not Held A LQ A A LQ 3R LQ LQ LQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A LQ LQ A A LQ A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 10] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking LQ 1R 1R Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held A LQ LQ LQ LQ 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
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d He was an amateur.
  3. ^ a b c d He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ a b New players don't have a ranking.
  5. ^ a b Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
  6. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1999/2000–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  8. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  9. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  10. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2009/2010)

Career finals[edit]

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2013 Vienna Snooker Open England Mark King 0–5

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 PIOS – Event 7 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 2–6
Winner 1. 2008 PIOS – Event 4 England Mike Hallett 6–1


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  23. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan wins opener". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
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  25. ^ "Q School Order of Merit 2015/2016". Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
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