Darren Morgan at the 2008 European Snooker Championship
3 May 1966 |
|Nickname||Welsh Wizard, Welsh teeth|
|Highest ranking||8 (1994/95, 1995/96)|
|Highest break||145 (UK Championship)|
|Best ranking finish||Runner-up (2 times)|
Darren Morgan (born 3 May 1966) is a Welsh former professional snooker player who now competes as an amateur.
Morgan won the World Amateur Championship in 1987 and played on the professional main tour from 1988 until 2007. He earned just over £1 million in prize money, reached a high ranking of eight, and was ranked within the top 16 for many years despite never winning a ranking event. He compiled 111 century breaks in his career, one of only 42 players to have completed a century of centuries in professional play.
His best achievements as a professional were to win the Irish Masters in 1996, beating Steve Davis 9–8 in the final, and he captained Wales to victory in the 1999 Nations Cup. He was also a semi-finalist in the 1994 World Championship, beating Mark King 10–5, Willie Thorne 13–12 and John Parrott 13–11 before losing to Jimmy White 9–16. He was also a quarter-finalist on three occasions, beating Ken Doherty and Ronnie O'Sullivan in the 1996 and 1997 respectively at the Crucible. When he beat O'Sullivan in 1997 it was in the round after O'Sullivan had scored his memorable 5:20 147 break against Mick Price.
Morgan still plays in amateur and pro-am events, and won the European Masters and World Masters Championship titles in 2007. On 22 October 2009 he won the TCC Pro-Am by beating fellow Welshman Mark Williams 7–4 in the final.
Morgan entered the World Open 2010 as an amateur along with fellow senior Tony Knowles and caused an upset by reaching the last 64 of the competition, before narrowly losing to former world number four Matthew Stevens 3–2 in round three.
In November 2011, he entered the World Seniors Championships in Peterborough and came away with victory over Steve Davis in the final. Morgan beat former world champion Cliff Thorburn and 'Whirlwind' Jimmy White in the previous rounds before facing the six-times world champion in the final. In fact, Morgan had to win qualifying matches just to reach the final stages of the tournament. He beat Davis 2–1 in the final and came home to his Club in Cross Keys with the trophy.
In June 2016, as a wildcard entry to the Riga Masters having won the EBSA European Open title several weeks prior, Morgan overcame Bradley Jones 4–3, Adam Stefanow 4–2, Zhao Xintong 4–1, Doherty 4–3 and Xiao Guodong 4–2 to set up a semi-final encounter with Neil Robertson. Appearing at this stage of a ranking event for the first time since 1999, and becoming the oldest ranking semi-finalist since Rex Williams in 1986, Morgan was whitewashed 5–0 by the eventual champion.
Non ranking wins: (7)
- Pontins Professional – 1989, 2000
- Snooker Shoot-Out – 1990
- Welsh Professional Championship – 1990, 1991
- Irish Masters – 1996
- World Seniors Championship – 2011
- Nations Cup with team Wales – 1999
- TCC Pro-Am; 2009
- IBSF World Amateur Championship – 1987
- European Masters Championship – 2007, 2009
- IBSF World Masters Championship – 2007, 2009, 2012
- Welsh Amateur Championship – 1987, 2015
- Bargoed Labour Club Invitational; 2009
- "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- Turner, Chris (2008). "Top Century Makers". Snooker Archive. self-published. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
- Global Snooker: 2009 TCC Pro-Am (Results)
- The Hindu: Kamal Chawla’s run comes to an end; Morgan is the master
- Wales Online: Meet snooker star Darren Morgan
- Global Snooker: 2009 Bargoed Labour Club Invitational (Results)