Lee Walker

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Lee Walker
Lee Walker PHC 2018-2.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2018
Born (1976-02-11) 11 February 1976 (age 42)
Sport country Wales
Professional1994–2006, 2007/2008, 2014–
Highest ranking42 (2000/2001)
Current ranking95 (as of 19 November 2018)
Career winnings£349,668
Highest break140:
2004 European Open
2011 Q School Event 3
Century breaks40
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2018 Gibraltar Open)

Lee Walker (born 11 February 1976) is a Welsh professional snooker player. He is an official WPBSA coach.[1]

Career[edit]

After turning professional in 1994 at the age of 18, Walker reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship in 1997, with victories over Dave Harold 10–7 and Alan McManus 13–10, before he lost 13–8 to Alain Robidoux. This was the first time he had reached the latter stages of a ranking tournament, and he also reached the last 16 of the same tournament in 2004 with a 10–7 win over Stephen Lee before losing 13–5 to David Gray. He dropped off the Main Tour after the 2005–2006 season, but returned a year later after a strong campaign on the Pontin’s International Open Series, from which the top 8 finishers gain Main Tour places. However he dropped off again at the end of the season.

Walker did however return to the tour in 2014 as he won a 2-year tour card by reaching the semi final stage of the second event of the 2014 Q School.

2016/2017 season[edit]

In 2016/2017, he had one of his most impressive seasons to date, the highlight being his run in his home tournament, the Welsh Open. He defeated Jimmy White, and former world champions Neil Robertson and Graeme Dott before losing in the fourth round to Zhou Yuelong.[2]

2017/2018 season[edit]

In the 2017/18 season, Walker had his best run in a ranking event to date, reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 Gibraltar Open where he was defeated 4–2 by eventual runner-up Cao Yupeng.[3]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2007/
08
2012/
13
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
Ranking[4][nb 1] [nb 2] 280 189 79 50 46 42 58 76 81 59 58 [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] 83 [nb 4] 69 [nb 5]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held MR 1R 1R 1R
World Open[nb 7] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R 1R 2R LQ A Not Held 1R 3R 1R
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 8] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking 3R 1R QF
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ
European Masters[nb 9] LQ LQ LQ NH 1R Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NR Not Held LQ LQ 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 2R
International Championship Tournament Not Held A LQ 2R 1R 1R LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 2R
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 3R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A 1R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open[nb 10] LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held MR Not Held 1R 1R
German Masters[nb 11] NH LQ LQ 1R NR Tournament Not Held A LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A 2R 1R 4R 1R
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ NH LQ LQ
Players Championship[nb 12] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 3R SF
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open[nb 13] Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ LQ WD A LQ 2R LQ 1R
World Championship LQ LQ QF 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A LQ A A A A A
World Seniors Championship Tournament Not Held A LQ A A A
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship Tournament Not Held 2R A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 14] LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 15] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ 1R LQ NH Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR 1R Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 16] Tournament Not Held A LQ Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 17] NR Tournament Not Held A LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ A LQ LQ LQ 1R NR
Former non-ranking tournaments
Charity Challenge A A A 1R A A A A Tournament 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 New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ He was an amateur.
  4. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. ^ Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
  6. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1994/1995–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  8. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  9. ^ The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  10. ^ The event was called the International Open (1994/1995–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  11. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  12. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  13. ^ The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  14. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  15. ^ The event was called the Thailand Open (1995/1996–1996/1997)
  16. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  17. ^ The event was called the Australian Masters (1994/1995-1995/1996)

Career finals[edit]

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1998 Merseyside Professional Championship England Peter Lines 4–5

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2014 Pink Ribbon England Peter Lines 1–4

Amateur finals: 4 (4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2006 PIOS – Event 3 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 5–6
Runner-up 2. 2007 PIOS – Event 4 England Kuldesh Johal 4–6
Runner-up 3. 2011 IBSF World Snooker Championship Iran Hossein Vafaei 9–10
Runner-up 4. 2014 Welsh Amateur Championship Wales Jamie Clarke 6–8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walker Coaches Hong Kong Talent". World Snooker. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Lee Walker targeting Crucible after Coral Welsh Open exploits". World Snooker. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Lee Walker". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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