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Paul Hunter Classic 2017
23 June 1982 |
|Professional||2003/2004, 2006–2010, 2016–|
|Highest ranking||55 (2008/2009)|
|82 (as of 18 December 2017[needs update])|
2008 Shanghai Masters
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2009 Welsh Open, 2016 English Open)|
Ian Preece (born 23 June 1982) is a Welsh professional snooker player, from the city of Newport, Wales. He appeared in main tour after much success as a junior including becoming the youngest winner of the World Amateur Championship in 1999. He kept this record until December 2011, when Hossein Vafaei became the World Amateur Championship at the age of 17 years and 81 days.
Until 2009 his best runs were to the last 48 of tournaments, which he has achieved in the 2007 Welsh Open, 2007 China Open, 2007 UK Championship, and 2008 Shanghai Masters. He managed to reach the last 32 of an event for the first time at the 2009 Welsh Open with victories over Peter Lines, Andrew Higginson and Stuart Bingham but was beaten 0–5 by Stephen Maguire. However the remainder of the 2008/2009 season was poor and saw him in danger of dropping off the main tour, however he was awarded a wildcard from World Snooker which enabled him to compete on the tour for the 2009/2010 season. However, he was unable to keep his place and so has slipped off the main tour.
After six years out of the professional game, Preece reached the last 16 at Q-School Event One in 2016, losing 2–4 to Chen Zhe, and the same stage at Event Two, where he was defeated 4–1 by John Astley. However, these performances were sufficient for him to finish third on the Q-School Order of Merit, and he thus earned a two-year card to compete again on the main tour.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||64||55||66||[nb 3]||79|
|Riga Masters||Tournament Not Held||A||LQ|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||1R|
|Paul Hunter Classic[nb 4]||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||A||2R|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R|
|World Open[nb 5]||A||A||A||A||A||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|European Masters[nb 6]||A||Not Held||A||A||A||A||LQ||NR||Not Held||A||1R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||3R||2R|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||A||1R|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R|
|Scottish Open[nb 7]||A||A||A||A||A||LQ||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R|
|German Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||1R||2R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||A|
|Players Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ|
|China Open||A||A||A||A||Not Held||A||WR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|British Open||A||A||A||A||A||LQ||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Tournament Not Held||A||LQ||A||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||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.|
|RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|PA / Pro-am Event||means an event is/was a pro-am event.|
|VF / Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a variant format event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2006/2007)
- The event was called the LG Cup (2003/2004), and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
- The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- Pontins Spring Open, 2000
- EBSA European Under-19 Championship, 1998
- IBSF World Amateur Championship, 1999
- "Chris Turner's Snooker Archive – Records". 2008. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
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