Patsy Fagan

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Patsy Fagan
Born (1951-01-15) 15 January 1951 (age 67)
Dublin, Ireland
Sport country  Ireland
Professional 1976–1989
Highest ranking 11 (1978/79)
Career winnings £41,143 [1]
Highest break 107 (1981 Irish Professional Championship)[1]
Century breaks 3[1]
Best ranking finish Quarter-final (1978 World Championship)[1]
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 3

Patsy Fagan (born 15 January 1951 in Dublin[2]) is a retired Irish professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

After winning the first UK Championship in 1977 (when it was a non-ranking event), Fagan seemed destined for a long and successful professional career in the game and was touted as a future world champion, but he became affected by a bout of the "yips". This condition made him reluctant to play shots with the rest when situations demanded it, impairing his ability to compete.[3] He continued playing, despite this problem for some years, before retiring as a professional in 1989, aged 38. In 1977 he hit the first maximum of his career - on his 25th birthday in January, against Dave Gilbert at the Clapton Bus Garage Social Club.[4]

Fagan is currently coach of the Paddington professional Alfie Burden.[5]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1976/
77
1977/
78
1978/
79
1979/
80
1980/
81
1981/
82
1982/
83
1983/
84
1984/
85
1985/
86
1986/
87
1987/
88
1988/
89
1989/
90
Ranking[6] [nb 1] 19 11 16 18 27 23 25 38 33 42 75 103 123
Ranking tournaments
International Open[nb 2] Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ 1R WD LQ LQ A
Grand Prix[nb 3] Tournament Not Held 1R 1R WD LQ 1R LQ LQ A
Dubai Classic[nb 4] Tournament Not Held NR LQ
UK Championship NH Non-Ranking Event LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ A
Classic Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R LQ WD LQ LQ A
British Open[nb 5] Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ A
European Open Tournament Not Held LQ A
World Championship 1R QF LQ 1R LQ 2R LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ A
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A 1R 1R A A A A A A A A A A A
Irish Masters A A A A A A A A A SF A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 6] Non-Ranking Event Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Not Held SF NH A Tournament Not Held
International Open[nb 7] Tournament Not Held 1R Ranking Event
UK Championship NH W 2R QF 2R LQ 2R A Ranking Event
British Open[nb 8] Not Held RR LQ LQ LQ LQ Ranking Event
Pot Black A A A A A A A A A 1R Tournament Not Held
Irish Professional Championship NH F F A F QF SF NH SF 1R 1R 1R WD NH
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.
  1. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  2. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  3. ^ The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/93–1983/1984)
  4. ^ The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989)
  5. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  6. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  7. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  8. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)

Career finals[edit]

Non-ranking finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
UK Championship (1–0)
Other (2–3)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1977 UK Championship Wales Doug Mountjoy 12–9
Winner 2. 1977 Dry Blackthorn Cup Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 4–2
Winner 3. 1978 Suffolk Professional Invitational Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 7–3
Runner-up 1. 1978 Irish Professional Championship Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 13–21
Runner-up 2. 1979 Irish Professional Championship (2) Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 12–21
Runner-up 3. 1981 Irish Professional Championship (3) Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 21–22

Amateur finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1974 English Amateur Championship England Ray Edmonds 11–4

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Career-total Statistics for Patsy Fagan – Professional". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Then and Now: Patsy Fagan". Yahoo Sports. Archived from the original on 10 February 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Where are they now? – Patsy Fagan". johnvirgo.com. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.patsyfagan.com/archives.html
  5. ^ "Patsy's Snooker Coaching". patsyfagan.com. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 November 2017.