Michael White (snooker player)

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Michael White
Michael White PHC 2016-2.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1991-07-05) 5 July 1991 (age 26)
Neath, Glamorgan
Sport country  Wales
Nickname Lightning
Professional 2007/2008, 2009–
Highest ranking 15 (April 2016)[1][2]
Current ranking 27 (as of 6 November 2017[needs update])
Career winnings £551,817[3]
Highest break 145 (2011 Shanghai Masters Qualifying)
Century breaks 132[4]
Tournament wins
Ranking 2
Non-ranking 1

Michael White (born 5 July 1991) is a Welsh professional snooker player from Neath. At the age of nine he became the youngest player to have made a century break in competitive play and he was the world amateur champion by 14. White won his first ranking event title at the 2015 Indian Open.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

White first showed potential by becoming the youngest player to make a century break: a 105 in March 2001, when aged nine.[5] In 2001, he was invited to the Crucible, where John Parrott commented: 'I hope I've retired before I have to play him!' He won a number of junior and later amateur events, and in 2006 became the youngest ever winner of the IBSF World Grand Prix, winning it aged 14.[6][7] He also won the European under-19 Championship, beating Vincent Muldoon in the final.[8] He turned professional for the 2007/2008 season, but he was not allowed to play in the first ranking event of the season, the 2007 Shanghai Masters as it fell short of his 16th birthday which allowed his opponent Lee Walker a walkover. Previously Shaun Murphy had been allowed to play aged 15.[9]

Turning professional[edit]

In his first professional match, the Masters qualifying, he shocked Leicester player Tom Ford 4–0, however he lost to eventual champion Barry Hawkins 5–2 in the following round. His first season on the Main Tour was relatively unsuccessful, winning only four matches in the seven ranking events. In his first ranking tournament, the Grand Prix, he finished last in his group, beating Tony Drago but losing his other 6 matches. His most successful run was beating Shailesh Jogia 10–4 in the first round of the World Championship qualifiers, but he lost 10–4 to Barry Pinches in the next. These results meant that he dropped off the Main Tour.

He regained a place on the Main Tour for the 2009/2010 Season by finishing top of the Welsh rankings.

In the qualifiers for the 2009 Shanghai Masters he beat former world champion John Parrott 5–0 (who later joked "I hope I retire before I have to play him...again" in reference to his earlier comment) before losing 5–3 to Mark Davis. His best run during the season was to the last 48 of the UK Championship, with victories over Daniel Wells, Jin Long and Jamie Burnett before losing 9–4 to Liang Wenbo. This meant that by the end of the season he had done enough to retain his tour status.

2010/2011 season[edit]

He started the new season by winning three qualifying matches in the 2010 Shanghai Masters, including a 5–1 win over Dominic Dale, before losing to Peter Ebdon by the same scoreline. He won two matches, before losing in the third qualifying round on two further occasions during the season. At the minor-ranking Euro PTC Event 3 White beat the likes of Tom Ford and Marco Fu to reach the quarter-finals, where he lost 2–4 to Andrew Higginson.[10] He went on to finish 51st on the PTC Order of Merit and 71st in the world rankings.[11][12]

Michael White at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic

2011/2012 season[edit]

White narrowly missed out on a place in the 2012 Players Tour Championship Finals as he finished 25th on the Order of Merit, with only 24 players qualifying for the event.[13] His placing was largely thanks to a semi-final run in Event 7, where his hopes of a first professional title were ended by Ronnie O'Sullivan, who won 4–2.[14] Even though he could not qualify for a ranking event throughout the season he ended it at a then career high world ranking of 54, meaning he had risen 12 places during the year.[15][16]

2012/2013 season[edit]

White began the 2012/2013 season by winning three matches to qualify for the Wuxi Classic and two matches to qualify for the International Championship but lost in the wildcard once at the venues in China in both, to Zhou Yuelong 4–5 and Lü Haotian 5–6 respectively.[17] White beat Craig Steadman and Ken Doherty to qualify for the UK Championship, the first time he had made it into the first round of a ranking event.[17] In his first domestic televised match in a ranking event, White played world number two Mark Selby and recovered from 0–2 down to level at 3–3 before succumbing to a 3–6 defeat, with White stating afterwards that he would definitely be back for more.[18] He kept true to his word by beating Zhang Anda 10–5 and Andrew Higginson 10–4 (he trailed 1–3 but won nine of the next ten frames) to qualify for the first round of the biggest tournament in snooker, the World Championship.[19][20] He beat compatriot and two-time winner of the event Mark Williams in the opening round 10–6, with Williams admitting he had been outplayed in every department of the game.[21] He beat fellow qualifier Dechawat Poomjaeng 13–3 in the last 16 and faced Ricky Walden in his first ranking event quarter-final, losing 6–13.[22][23] White increased his ranking to world number 34, a climb of 20 spots during the season which was the most of any player on tour.[24]

2013/2014 season[edit]

White had an extremely consistent 2013/2014 season as he played in the first round of 10 of the 12 ranking events.[25] In the inaugural Indian Open he beat Zhang Anda and Gary Wilson to reach his second career quarter-final.[26] He lost the last three frames against Stephen Maguire to be defeated 4–3.[27] White reached the second round in four more ranking events during the rest of the season but was beaten on each occasion.[25] At the World Championship, White was a qualifier and faced world number three (and eventual champion) Mark Selby in the first round. White recovered from 5–1, 8–4, and 9–8 behind to take the match to a deciding 19th frame, which he lost.[28] He finished inside the top 32 in the rankings for the first time in his career as the world number 27.[29]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Ever since I first played snooker at the age of seven, I have dreamed of winning tournaments. It means everything to me, I can't describe how I'm feeling. Since I was nine, people have been on my back to win titles, although the only pressure I feel is what I put on myself. I just want to keep improving now.
White on winning his first ranking title at the Indian Open.[30]

In the first round of the Shanghai Masters, White came from 3–0 down against Neil Robertson to win 5–4 and went on to defeat Ryan Day 5–2 to make the quarter-finals.[31] White made another comeback to force a deciding frame this time from 4–1 behind, but Mark Allen won it.[32] Another quarter-final followed at the International Championship where Allen was again the victor as he won 6–3, after White had been 3–1 up.[33]

In March 2015, White had a phenomenal run of form. He won his first professional title at the Shoot-Out, the tournament where each match is decided by one 10-minute frame, White won the title by taking the lead in the final against Xiao Guodong with six seconds remaining.[34] He then won the Indian Open after reaching the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time in his fifth attempt by beating Chris Wakelin 4–2.[35] White then defeated Mark Williams 4–2 and saved his best performance of the week for the final against Ricky Walden where he scored a total of 419 points to Walden's 27 in claiming his first ranking title with a 5–0 win. His prize money for winning back-to-back tournaments stood at £82,000.[30] White made his debut in the PTC Grand Final and lost 4–3 to Martin Gould in the first round.[36] A pair of deciding frame victories over Ken Doherty and Stuart Bingham helped him to the last 16 of the China Open, but he was eliminated 5–1 by Robert Milkins. White's season ended with a 10–5 defeat to Craig Steadman in the second round of the World Championship qualifying.[37] His year was reflected in the rankings as he rose 10 places to end it 17th in the world.[38]

2015/2016 season[edit]

White reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Goldfields Open, the first ranking event of the season and played former schoolmate Jamie Jones. The match went to a decider after White had been 4–2 up and he made a 56 in it, before Jones cleared with 66 to win 5–4.[39] His ranking title gave him entry into the Champion of Champions, where he lost 4–2 to Joe Perry in the first round and he suffered an opening round 6–5 loss to Sydney Wilson, a player ranked more than 100 places lower than White, at the UK Championship.[40] However, at the Gibraltar Open he whitewashed reigning world champion Stuart Bingham to reach his first European Tour final, but was defeated 4–1 by Marco Fu.[41] White played in his first Welsh Open quarter-final after knocking out John Higgins 4–1 and lost it 5–0 to Mark Allen.[42][43] After White lost 10–7 to Sam Baird in the first round of the World Championship he revealed that he suffers from depression and the stress of playing professional snooker can exacerbate it.[44]

2016/2017 season[edit]

White lost 4–2 in the fourth round of the Paul Hunter Classic to Jimmy White. A 5–4 re-spotted black win over Jimmy Robertson qualified him for the Shanghai Masters and he beat Ricky Walden 5–4 and Judd Trump 5–3, before losing 5–1 to Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals.[45] A second quarter-final came at the Northern Ireland Open and White was ousted 5–2 by Barry Hawkins.[46] White lost 6–4 to compatriot Matthew Stevens in the second round of the UK Championship. He recorded a 4–3 win over John Higgins at the World Grand Prix, before being defeated 4–2 by Ryan Day in the second round.[47] White hit three centuries in his 5–3 first round win over Yu Delu at the China Open and then beat Ali Carter by the same scoreline, but lost 5–1 to Shaun Murphy in the third round. He was heavily defeated 10–3 by Gary Wilson in the final qualifying round for the World Championship.[48]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007/
08
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
Ranking[49] [nb 1] [nb 1] 71 66 54 34 27 17 19 26
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 2] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. A 1R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 2R
Paul Hunter Classic Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event 4R W
Indian Open Tournament Not Held QF W NH LQ WD
World Open[nb 3] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R Not Held 1R LQ
European Masters[nb 4] NR Tournament Not Held LQ LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R QF
International Championship Tournament Not Held WR 1R QF 3R 1R LQ
Shanghai Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ QF 1R QF 2R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held QF
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held MR Not Held 2R
German Masters Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R
Shoot-Out Not Held Non-ranking Event 2R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 1R 2R
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 3R QF 3R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 3R
Players Championship[nb 5] Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R 2R DNQ
China Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 3R 1R 3R
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ QF 1R LQ 1R LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held A A 1R A QF
The Masters LQ LQ A A A A A A A
Championship League A A A A A A RR RR RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 6] NH A A NH A A 1R 2R 2R RR
Former ranking tournaments
Northern Ireland Trophy LQ Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 7] NH Non-Ranking Event WR 1R 2R Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R A QF Not Held
Former non-ranking tournaments
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held 1R Ranking
General Cup[nb 8] NH A NH A A A A SF Not Held
Shoot-Out Not Held A 1R 3R 2R W 2R Ranking
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. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  2. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  3. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (2007/2008–2009/2010) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  4. ^ The event was called the Malta Cup (2007/2008)
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  6. ^ The event was called the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  7. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  8. ^ The event was called the General Cup International (2009/2010–2011/2012)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking event finals: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2015 Indian Open England Walden, RickyRicky Walden 5–0 [50]
Winner 2. 2017 Paul Hunter Classic England Shaun Murphy 4–2

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2015 Gibraltar Open Hong Kong Marco Fu 1–4

Non-ranking event finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2015 Snooker Shoot-Out China Guodong, XiaoXiao Guodong 1–0 [51]

Pro-am event finals: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Winner 1. 2009 Pontins Pro-am Event 2 England Davison, PaulPaul Davison 5–3
Winner 2. 2009 Pontins Pro-Am Event 4 Republic of Ireland Doherty, KenKen Doherty 5–4

Amateur event finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref
Runner-up 1. 2005 Welsh Amateur Championship Wales Andrew Pagett 4–6
Winner 1. 2006 IBSF World Grand Prix Scotland Boyle, MarkMark Boyle 11–5
Winner 2. 2007 European Under-19 Championships Republic of Ireland Muldoon, VincentVincent Muldoon 6–2
Winner 3. 2009 Welsh Amateur Championship Wales Morgan, DarrenDarren Morgan 8–2 [52]

Notes[edit]

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