Michael Judge

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Michael Judge
Born (1975-01-12) 12 January 1975 (age 43)[1]
Dublin, Ireland
Sport country Ireland
Professional1992–2011
Highest ranking24 (2002/03)
Career winnings£457,438[2]
Highest break144:
2004 European Open
Century breaks66[3]
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2004 Grand Prix)

Michael Judge (born 12 January 1975 in Dublin) is a former professional snooker player from the Republic of Ireland. His best performance in a ranking event came in the 2004 Grand Prix, where he reached the semi-finals,[4] and he reached his highest ranking, 24th, for the 2002/03 season.

Career[edit]

Judge qualified for the World Championship three times, his best performance coming in the 2001 tournament, after knocking Jimmy White out in qualifying[5] and John Parrott in the first round,[6] before being knocked out by fellow Dubliner Ken Doherty.[7] He lost to eventual champion Peter Ebdon in the first round a year later.[8] He has lost in the final qualifying round on seven occasions, a record.[citation needed]

In 2006/2007 he had something of a return to form, climbing 10 places in the rankings to #34, after five successive falls from his career high of #24, aided by a last 16 run in the Welsh Open. He then reached the last 16 of the Grand Prix early in the 2007/2008 season,[9] and repeated this at the Welsh Open in Newport, by beating Nigel Bond and Graeme Dott, both 5–4, before succumbing to a 5–2 defeat by Stephen Lee. He did enough in the rest of the season to return to the top 32 of the rankings. However, he slipped straight back out the following season after two last sixteen runs were tempered by six first round defeats.[10] In January 2010 he qualified for the Welsh Open, losing to John Higgins in the first round proper.[11] He quit after the following season but returned to the sport a year later and would go on to win the Irish Amateur Championship in 2013 beating Robert Redmond 8–5 in the final.[12] He won it again in 2018 and entered Q School in a bid to win back his place on the professional snooker tour.[13] In the first round of event one he defeated former pro Mitchell Mann 4-3.[14][15] In the second event he hit a century against Hu Hao.[16] He went into the final day still in contention.[17]

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2013 Irish Amateur Championship Republic of Ireland Robert Redmond 8–5
Runner-up 1. 2013 IBSF World 6-Reds Snooker Championship Wales Duane Jones 4–6
Runner-up 2. 2014 Irish Amateur Championship Republic of Ireland Martin McCrudden 3–7
Winner 2. 2018 Irish Amateur Championship Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 6–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Judge". prosnookerblog.com.
  2. ^ "Michael Judge - Prize Money Per Season". cuetracker.net.
  3. ^ "Michael Judge - Centuries Per Season". cuetracker.net.
  4. ^ "Totesport Grand Prix 2004". www.snooker.org.
  5. ^ Dee, John. "Snooker: Judge threat to Parrott". The Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Judge sends Parrott down".
  7. ^ Ken battles for victory over Judge Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Snooker: Judge out of World Championships". 22 April 2002.
  9. ^ Rocket ends Judge's Aberdeen run Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Player profile at World Snooker website Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Higgins rules over Judge". Sky Sports.
  12. ^ Caulfield, David (27 May 2013). "Irish Scene: Judge Wins National Championship". snookerhq.com.
  13. ^ https://snookerhq.com/2018/05/14/michael-judge-wins-irish-national-championship/
  14. ^ http://livescores.worldsnookerdata.com/Matches/Result/14011/562051/q-school-2018-event-1
  15. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/cope-progresses-in-burton/
  16. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/zhao-round-three/
  17. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/last-chance-saloon-for-q-school-hopefuls/

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