Marcus Campbell

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Marcus Campbell
Marcus Campbell at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2013-01-31 01.jpg
German Masters 2013
Born (1962-09-22) 22 September 1962 (age 56)
Dumbarton, Scotland
Sport country Scotland
NicknameThe Dumbarton Diddy aka big cash campbell
Professional1991–2015
Highest ranking20 (April–May 2012)[1]
Career winnings£609,844
Highest break147:
2008 Bahrain Championship
Century breaks59
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2012 Wuxi Classic)
Tournament wins
Minor-ranking1
Non-ranking1

Marcus Campbell (born 22 September 1972 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a Scottish former professional snooker player. He was ranked within the world's top 64 for 15 consecutive seasons.

Career[edit]

He is perhaps most famous for whitewashing Stephen Hendry 9–0 in the 1998 Liverpool Victoria UK Championship, one of the most surprising results in snooker's history. He followed this win with a 9–6 win over Quinten Hann in the last 32.

He started the 2007/2008 season strongly by reaching the last 16 of the Grand Prix, coming through the qualifiers and beating players like Graeme Dott and Anthony Hamilton before his run ended in a 5–2 defeat to Joe Swail. He also reached the last 32 of the Welsh Open where he beat Lee Spick, Ricky Walden and Gerard Greene and gave Ding Junhui a run for his money before Ding eventually won 5–4. He qualified for the 2008 Bahrain Championship before scoring a 147 in his wildcard match against Ahmed Basheer Al-Khusaibi. He lost to eventual champion Neil Robertson in the last 32. He then qualified for the 2010 World Championship, where he lost 10–5 to Mark Williams.

Campbell won the first professional tournament of his career in Germany when he won Event 3 of the Euro Players Tour Championship beating Liang Wenbo 4–0 in the final. This result along with other consistent performances were enough to see him enter the top 32 in the rankings. He also qualified for the world championship for the second successive year, where he played Shaun Murphy. He subsequently lost 10–1 to Murphy.

In the 2011/2012 season Campbell qualified for six of the eight ranking events. His best results of the season were last 16 exits at the Australian Goldfields Open, where he lost 1–5 to Mark Allen, and at the World Open, thanks to Ali Carter withdrawing from the event, before being defeated by Graeme Dott 3–5.[2] He played former champion Matthew Stevens in the first round of the UK Championship, despite the death of a close friend just a few hours before. Stevens won the match 6–2.[3] Campbell played in all 12 of the PTC events, making two quarter-finals in Event 1 and Event 3, to finish 30th in the Order of Merit, just out of the top 24 who made the Finals.[4] Campbell played Liang Wenbo in the final qualifying round for the World Championship and produced two comebacks in the match having trailed 2–8 and 5–9 to level at 9–9, before the match was delayed to let the evening session's order of play begin. Liang had time to compose himself and won the decider to end Campbell's season, which he finished ranked world number 25.[5][6]

Campbell at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic

The 2012/2013 season began very well for Campbell as he qualified for the Wuxi Classic, where he reached the first ranking event semi-final of his 21-year professional career.[7] He dispatched Stephen Lee, Fergal O'Brien and Mark Williams to play Ricky Walden in the semis.[8] He lost the match 1–6 and stated afterwards that he "didn't feel comfortable at all" and put it down to nerves. However, he also felt that winning a ranking tournament was now within his reach.[9] He qualified for four of the next seven ranking events, but lost in the first round on each occasion.[8] He had his best run of the season since Wuxi at the China Open where he overcame Peter Ebdon 5–3 and Graeme Dott 5–4 to make the quarter-finals. There, Campbell lost 2–5 to Neil Robertson.[8] Campbell qualified for the World Championship with a 10–4 victory against Liam Highfield and played defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round, who had taken a year away from snooker since lifting the title 12 months previously.[10] Campbell missed opportunities in the first session to finish it 2–7 behind and went on to lose 4–10.[11] Campbell was ranked world number 28 at the end of the season.[12]

Campbell lost in the first round to local favourites in the first two ranking events he qualified for in the 2013/2014 season. In the Australian Goldfields Open it was Neil Robertson who eliminated him 5–1 and at the Indian Open he lost 4–1 to Pankaj Advani.[13] At the UK Championship Campbell saw off Lü Haotian and Michael White, but was then beaten 6–2 by Ronnie O'Sullivan.[14] Campbell could not advance beyond the first round in any of the remaining ranking events and suffered a surprise 10–4 defeat to Alex Borg in World Championship qualifying, a player who had until then only won three matches all season.[13]

Campbell was thrashed 5–0 by Ricky Walden in the first round of the Australian Goldfields Open. This proved to be his only last 32 showing in any event this season and, after he failed to progress past the last 32 of either of the two Q School events, he dropped off the tour as he was the world number 68, just outside the top 64 who remain.[15][16] He has not played in an event since.[17]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991/
92
1992/
93
1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[18][nb 1] [nb 2] 245 186 137 116 85 97 73 48 47 41 41 56 63 52 48 52 42 45 40 24 25 28 35
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 3] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event SF LQ 1R
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4] Not Held NR Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 1R 1R
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R 3R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 3R 2R
German Masters[nb 5] Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ NR Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R 2R
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R
Players Tour Championship Finals[nb 6] Tournament Not Held QF DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open[nb 7] Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ 1R LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ 2R 1R QF LQ 1R
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ A A A A A A A A A
Championship League Tournament Not Held A A A A RR RR RR A
World Seniors Championship A Tournament Not Held A A A A LQ
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held SF 2R 2R 1R 1R
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 8] Tournament Not Held A A A NH RR A A
Former ranking tournaments
Classic LQ Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open[nb 9] LQ MR NR Tournament Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 10] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12] NH LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ QF 2R 3R LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held MR Not Held
British Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ NH NR Tournament Not Held
European Masters[nb 13] LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ NH LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ 1R Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held 1R Tournament Not Held
World Open[nb 14] LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R 1R 1R 1R LQ 2R LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R 2R 2R 1R LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters A A A A A A A A LQ A A A Tournament Not Held
Scottish Professional Championship Tournament Not Held 1R 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
DQ disqualified from the tournament
NH / Not Held event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event 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. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  4. ^ The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and the Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  5. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  7. ^ The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  8. ^ The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  9. ^ The event was called the Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
  10. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event was called the Asian Open (1991/1992–1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  13. ^ The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  14. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1991/1992–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)

Career finals[edit]

Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2010 EPT – Event 3 China Liang Wenbo 4–0

Non-ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1990 Kent Cup Canada Tom Finstad 4–1
Runner-up 1. 1991 Kent Cup Northern Ireland Joe Swail 0–5

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1989 Scottish Amateur Championship Scotland Mark Cadenhead 9–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Issued after the Bank of Beijing China Open 2012" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Marcus Campbell 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  3. ^ "UK Snooker Championship: Stevens ousts brave Campbell". The Press. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Order of Merit". WWW Snooker. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Liang Survives Campbell Fight-Back". WPBSA. 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Walden And Campbell Into Semis". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Marcus Campbell 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Red Hot Ricky Drops Campbell In The Soup". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Betfair World Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  11. ^ "World Championship 2013: Ronnie O'Sullivan cruises through". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Marcus Campbell 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan storms into last 16 of UK Championship". Metro. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Marcus Campbell 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  16. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Marcus Campbell 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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