Darren Morgan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Darren Morgan, see Darren Morgan (disambiguation).
Darren Morgan
Darren Morgan.jpg
Darren Morgan at the 2008 European Snooker Championship
Born (1966-05-03) 3 May 1966 (age 50)
Newport, Wales
Sport country  Wales
Nickname Welsh Wizard,
Professional 1988–2007
Highest ranking 8 (1994/95, 1995/96)
Highest break 145 (UK Championship)
Century breaks 111[1]
Best ranking finish Runner-up (2 times)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 7

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 49 players to have completed a century of centuries in professional play.[2]

Career[edit]

Morgan was born in Newport, South Wales.

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 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.[3]

On 23 November 2009 Morgan won his second IBSF World Snooker Championship in the Masters section, defeating three-time defending champion Dene O'Kane of New Zealand 6–0 in the final.[4]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He lives with his wife, Tracey, and their three daughters in Newbridge, and owns a nearby snooker club in Crosskeys, Newport, named The Red Triangle, where he coaches young players.[6]

Tournament finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 2 (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1992 Welsh Open Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 3–9
Runner-up 2. 1993 Asian Open England Harold, DaveDave Harold 3–9

Non-ranking finals: 12 (7 titles, 5 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1989 Pontins Professional Malta Drago, TonyTony Drago 9–2
Runner-up 1. 1989 WPBSA Non-Ranking - Event 1 Australia Foldvari, RobbyRobby Foldvari 1–8
Winner 2. 1990 Welsh Professional Championship Wales Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy 9–7
Winner 3. 1990 Shoot-Out England Hallett, MikeMike Hallett 2–1
Winner 4. 1991 Welsh Professional Championship (2) Wales Bennett, MarkMark Bennett 9–3
Runner-up 2. 1991 Benson & Hedges Championship Republic of Ireland Doherty, KenKen Doherty 3–9
Runner-up 3. 1993 Pontins Professional Republic of Ireland Doherty, KenKen Doherty 3–9
Winner 5. 1996 Irish Masters England Davis, SteveSteve Davis 9–8
Runner-up 4. 1997 Irish Masters Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 8–9
Winner 6. 2000 Pontins Professional (2) England White, JimmyJimmy White 9–2
Winner 7. 2011 World Seniors Championship England Davis, SteveSteve Davis 2–1
Runner-up 5. 2016 World Seniors Championship England Davis, MarkMark Davis 1–2

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Winner 1. 1999 Nations Cup  Wales  Scotland 6–4
Runner-up 1. 2000 Nations Cup  Wales  England 4–6

Pro-am event finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1996 Pontins Spring Open Republic of Ireland Doherty, KenKen Doherty 3–7
Winner 1. 2009 TCC Open Snooker Championship Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams 7–4

Amateur event finals: 16 (13 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1987 Welsh Amateur Championship Wales John Herbert 8–4
Winner 2. 1987 World Amateur Championship Malta Joe Grech 11–4
Winner 3. 2007 European Amateur Championship - Masters Northern Ireland Kieran McMahon 6–2
Winner 4. 2007 World Amateur Championship - Masters Thailand Kanchai Wongjan 9–1
Runner-up 1. 2009 Welsh Amateur Championship Wales White, MichaelMichael White 2–8
Winner 5. 2009 European Amateur Championship - Masters (2) Republic of Ireland Delaney, JoeJoe Delaney 6–3
Winner 6. 2009 Bargoed Labour Club Invitational [7]
Winner 7. 2009 World Amateur Championship - Masters (2) Australia O'Kane, DeneDene O'Kane 6–0
Winner 8. 2010 European Amateur Championship - Masters (3) Republic of Ireland Delaney, JoeJoe Delaney 6–0
Winner 9. 2012 European Amateur Championship - Masters (4) England Steve Judd 6–0
Winner 10. 2012 World Amateur Championship - Masters (3) Australia Wilkinson, GlenGlen Wilkinson 6–2
Winner 11. 2013 European Amateur Championship - Masters (5) England Alan Trigg 6–3
Runner-up 2. 2014 World Amateur Championship - Masters Thailand Phisit Chandsri 5–6
Winner 12. 2015 Welsh Amateur Championship (2) Wales Wells, DanielDaniel Wells 8–0
Winner 13. 2015 European Amateur Championship - Masters (6) England Jamie Bodle 6–2
Runner-up 3. 2016 Welsh Amateur Championship (2) Wales John, DavidDavid John 7–8

References[edit]

External links[edit]