Peter Lines

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Peter Lines
Peter Lines at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2013-01-30 05.jpg
Born (1969-12-11) December 11, 1969 (age 47)
Leeds
Sport country  England
Professional 1991–2004, 2006/2007,
2008–2016
Highest ranking 42 (1999/2000)
Career winnings £355,929[1]
Highest break 147 (2006 PIOS Event 6)[2]
Century breaks 45[1]
Best ranking finish Quarter-final (1999 China Open, 2009 UK Championship)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 1

Peter Lines (born 11 December 1969 in Leeds) is an English professional snooker player. He has twice reached the quarter-final of a ranking tournament, in the 1999 China International, and the 2009 UK Championship, and reached his highest ranking, 42nd, in 1999. He is the father of fellow professional snooker player Oliver Lines.

Career[edit]

Lines turned professional in 1991, and in his debut season managed to reach the last 32 stage twice, at the 1992 Strachan Open and the 1992 Asian Open. Wins were hard to come by for him during the next few seasons, although he managed to qualify for the 1995 International Open, beating the likes of Fergal O'Brien and Doug Mountjoy in the process. Lines briefly fell off tour in 1997 but returned immediately via Qualifying School, and his results started to improve. 1997/98 season saw him reach the last 32 of the Welsh Open and Scottish Open before coming through qualifying for the World Championship to reach The Crucible for the first (and to date only) time in his career; there he was beaten 10–4 by John Parrott. As a result, he finished the season ranked 53, and rose to 42 after the next season despite having failed to reach another last 32.

Lines scored his best ever result at the 1999 China International as he sensationally defeated John Higgins and Peter Ebdon en route to his first career quarter-final, where he lost 4–5 to Brian Morgan. Following this result, however, he started to struggle for form and to slip down the rankings, before an eventual relegation from the tour in 2004. He briefly regained his place in 2006 but was again relegated after another poor season.

Lines did not give up however, and thanks to working with coach Steve Prest had a successful 2007/08 season in the PIOS, where he won one event and reached the final of another to finish second in the top 8 qualifying for the main tour. He carried his fine form into the 2008/09 season as he performed consistently to finish in the top 64 and maintain his tour place. Better was to come during the next season, as Lines reached the last 64 of the Shanghai Masters and the last 48 of the Grand Prix, before a remarkable run in the UK Championship. He defeated Xiao Guodong, Ian McCulloch and Nigel Bond to qualify for the venue stages; there he convincingly beat Marco Fu 9–3, then caused an upset by edging out Mark Williams 9–8 to reach his second career quarter-final. Despite the 5–9 loss to Stephen Maguire, this performance could've allowed Lines to return to the top 48 of the world rankings, but another drop in form resulted in three opening round defeats in the remaining tournaments of the season to leave him ranked 50.

2010/11 season saw Lines recording a number of good results in the newly introduced minor-ranking PTC events, with three last 16 appearances and a quarter-final at the Event 5 to his name. However, his performances in the major tournaments were less successful, as aside from the UK Championship last 48 appearance he managed to win only one more match; as a result he couldn't improve his ranking at the end of the season.

Lines qualified for the 2011 UK Championship by defeating Ken Doherty 6–5 in round 4 of qualifying. He played Martin Gould in the last 32 and was beaten 6–2.

Lines qualified for the 2013 German Masters by defeating John Higgins 5–3 in round 4 of qualifying. He played Ken Doherty in the last 32 and won 5–3, before losing 3–5 to Marco Fu in the last 16.

In June 2014 he won the Pink Ribbon pro–am event defeating Lee Walker 4–1 in the final.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sarah and has two children, Penny and Oliver. Both he and Oliver practise at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.[4]

Career finals[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1998 Merseyside Professional Championship[5] Wales Lee Walker 5–4

Pro-am finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 2012 Pink Ribbon England Stuart Bingham 0–4
Winner 2014 Pink Ribbon Wales Lee Walker 4–1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Peter Lines - Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "2006 PIOS - Event 6 - Centuries". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pink Ribbon 2014". On Q Promotions. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ David Grace: Bramley Man on cue for career as snooker professional
  5. ^ http://www.cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/misc3.html#Mersey

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