Ian Preece

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Ian Preece
Ian Preece PHC 2017-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2017
Born (1982-06-23) 23 June 1982 (age 35)
Newport, Wales
Sport country  Wales
Professional 2003/2004, 2006–2010, 2016–
Highest ranking 55 (2008/2009)
Current ranking 82 (as of 18 December 2017[needs update])
Career winnings £82,586[1]
Highest break 139:
2008 Shanghai Masters
Century breaks 28[2]
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.[3] 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.[4]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournaments 1998/
Ranking[5][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] 64 55 66 [nb 3] 79
Ranking tournaments
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
UK Championship A A A A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ 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
Welsh Open A A A A A LQ A 1R LQ 2R LQ 1R
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
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A A LQ LQ WD A LQ A A A A A
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.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e f He was an amateur.
  3. ^ a b c New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2006/2007)
  5. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2003/2004), and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010)
  6. ^ The event was called the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)

Tournament wins[edit]



  • EBSA European Under-19 Championship, 1998
  • IBSF World Amateur Championship, 1999


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