James Cahill (snooker player)

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James Cahill
James Cahill PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 22)
Sport country England
Highest ranking76 (December 2014 and February–March 2015)[1][2][3]
Career winnings£40,857[4]
Highest break134:
2014 Riga Open
Century breaks8[4]
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2014 UK Championship)

James Cahill (born 27 December 1995) is an English former professional snooker player.

Cahill turned professional in 2013 after winning the 2013 EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships and gained a two-year tour card for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 snooker seasons.


Debut season[edit]

Cahill managed to win just three matches during the 2013/2014 season to end his first season on tour ranked world number 117.[5][6]

2014/2015 season[edit]

2014 Paul Hunter Classic

Cahill's second season saw him improve his game as he twice reached the last 32 in the minor-ranking European Tour events.[7] The 18-year-old then went on his best ever run in a ranking event during the 2014 UK Championship. He won comfortably in the first round, beating veteran Mark King 6–0 and then saw off former Welsh Open finalist Andrew Higginson 6–4.[8] Cahill faced world number three Ding Junhui, a player who had won five ranking titles last season, and raced into a 5–1 lead. Ding won three frames in a row and needed three snookers in the next frame which he got when Cahill left a free ball. Cahill responded by taking the deciding frame to record the biggest victory of his career to date.[9] In the last 16 Cahill said he couldn't believe how badly he had played after his tournament ended with a 6–2 loss to Mark Davis.[10] Cahill would have a poor end to the season as he lost seven out of eight matches after this which would have relegated him from the tour as he finished 85th in the world rankings.[11] However, his aforementioned good play in the European Tour events saw him finish high enough on the Order of Merit to claim a place on the tour for the next two seasons.[7]

2015/2016 season[edit]

Cahill failed to win more than one match in any event in the 2015/2016 season, winning five matches all year. He won a game at the Welsh Open for the first time by beating Xiao Guodong 4–1, but then lost 4–1 to Mark Davis.[12]

2016/2017 season[edit]

2016 Paul Hunter Classic

Cahill got to the third round of the Paul Hunter Classic by eliminating Kevin Vandevoort 4–0 and Ryan Day 4–2. He made two breaks above 50 to come back from 3–1 against world number one Mark Selby to level, but lost the deciding frame.[13] Cahill was beaten 4–1 by Joe Swail in the second round of the English Open and after that lost in the first round of five ranking events, though he did get to the third round of the Snooker Shoot-Out.[14] He needed to have a successful run in Q School at the end of the season as was ranked 106th in the world.[15] After exiting in the opening round of the first event, Cahill got to the final round of the second, but lost 4–2 to Paul Davison to confirm his relegation from the tour.[16]


He entered Q School at the end of the 2017/18 season in a bid to win back his place on the world snooker tour.[17] He went into the final day still in contention.[18]

Personal life[edit]

He was a nephew of Stephen Hendry through his aunt, who is Hendry's ex-wife.[19]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013/
Ranking[20][nb 1] [nb 2] 117 [nb 3] 110 [nb 4] [nb 4]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 5] NH Minor-Rank. 1R A LQ
World Open[nb 6] LQ Not Held 1R A 1R
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 3R WD 1R
China Championship Not Held NR A A
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ A LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R A 1R
International Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ A A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R A 1R
UK Championship 1R 4R 1R 1R A
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held 1R A
German Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ A
World Grand Prix NH NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open 1R 1R 2R 1R A
Shoot-Out Variant Format Event 3R 2R
Indian Open LQ LQ NH LQ A
Players Championship[nb 7] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Not Held MR 1R 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open LQ LQ LQ LQ A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ A
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic LQ LQ Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ A NR
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. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  4. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  5. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  6. ^ The event was called the Haikou World Open (2013/2014)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2013 European Under-21 Snooker Championship England Ashley Carty 6–0


  1. ^ "World Rankings after the Coral UK Championship 2014" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ "World Rankings after the German Masters 2015" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 8 February 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ "World Rankings after the BetVictor Welsh Open 2015" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 22 February 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for James Cahill – Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  5. ^ "James Cahill 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Prize Money Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  8. ^ "James Cahill 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  9. ^ "UK Championship 2014: Ding Junhui loses to James Cahill". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Mark Davis ends James Cahill's dream run in York". The Press. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  11. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  12. ^ "James Cahill 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  13. ^ "James Cahill 4–3 Mark Selby". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  14. ^ "James Cahill 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Rankings 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Lam Secures Immediate Tour Return". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  17. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/cahill-and-curtis-barrett-secure-winning-starts/
  18. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/last-chance-saloon-for-q-school-hopefuls/
  19. ^ "James is on cue to follow uncle's lead". Lancashire Evening Post. Johnston Press. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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