Paul Hunter Classic 2016
|Born||12 July 1971|
|Highest ranking||20 (1996/1997)|
|112 (as of 27 June 2020)|
2003 World Championship (qualifying)
|Best ranking finish||Runner-up (1996 International Open)|
Since turning professional in 1990, Lawler has reached one ranking tournament final—the 1996 International Open—where he lost 3–9 to John Higgins, and won one minor-ranking tournament—Event 3 of the 2012/2013 Players Tour Championship—where he defeated Marco Fu 4–2 in the final.
He turned professional in 1990. His first season proved to be quite successful as he reached the last 32 in the Dubai Classic, losing out 2–5 to former World Billiards Champion Rex Williams. He then followed this up with a run to the Quarter Finals of the Classic, beating John Virgo 5–3 to qualify, as well as Joe Johnson 5–3 in the second round, before losing 2–5 to Mike Hallett. His best run in a ranking tournament was in 1996, when he reached the final of the International Open, beating World Champion Stephen Hendry 5–3 in the second round, but his run ended in the final where he lost 9–3 to John Higgins.
In 1995, Lawler reached the semi-final of the Malta Masters, beating future UK Champion Matthew Stevens in the Quarter Final, however he lost in the semi-final to the home favourite Tony Drago. He followed up this result by reaching the last 16 of the Grand Prix, beating the aforementioned Tony Drago in the last 32, before being whitewashed 5–0 by Stephen Hendry.
Lawler has qualified for the final stages of the World Championship on two occasions, the first being in 1995, where he beat a young Marcus Campbell in qualifying, before losing to Peter Ebdon in the last 32 at the Crucible. He qualified again in 1996, beating former World Champion Dennis Taylor in the final qualifying round. At the Crucible he then beat 1991 World Champion John Parrott 10–6, before losing in the last 16 to Dave Harold by 13 frames to 6. This was, to date, his best World Championship performance.
Lawler narrowly missed out on a place in the last 32 in the 2009 China Open, winning three qualifying matches, the last of which was against Matthew Stevens, to reach the venue in Beijing, only to lose 3–5 to local wildcard Yu Delu. In 2010 however, Lawler did reach the last 32 of the China Open, winning three qualifying matches against Matthew Selt, Dominic Dale, and Ricky Walden. Also defeating wildcard Supoj Saenla 5–3, before losing to then number 8 seed Mark Selby
The 2011–12 was a disastrous season for Lawler. He reached the third qualifying round in three ranking events. Apart from that he lost a lot of matches which then proved quite costly at the end of the season as he finished ranked 73, losing his place on the main tour. He then entered the Q School and reached the semi-finals of Event 3 by beating another former professional Joe Delaney to regain his tour place for the next two seasons.
Lawler had a great start to the 2012–13 season as he won all four matches to qualify for the Wuxi Classic. At the venue he defeated Li Hang and Stephen Maguire to reach the last 16 where he was narrowly beaten 4–5 by Graeme Dott. In September he won his first professional title at the UK PTC 3 event defeating Marco Fu 4–2 in the final in Gloucester, Beating the likes of Stuart Bingham, Stephen Lee and Dominic Dale en route to the final.
Following his Gloucester success, he continued to perform well, reaching the final qualifying round of both the UK Championship and Haikou World Open tournaments, with his results enough to move him back inside the top 64 provisionally.
His victory over Fu at the UK PTC along with a semi-final run in the European Tour 2012/2013 – Event 6 meant that he qualified for the PTC Finals ranked 7th on the Order of Merit. At the venue in Galway he beat Cao Yupeng by a 4–2 scoreline, only to lose to Kurt Maflin in the last 16 by 4 frames to 3, having led throughout the match.
At the 2013 World Championship, Lawler beat Scottish Amateur Fraser Patrick 10–5, he then resisted an admirable fightback to beat Anthony McGill 10–9, after being 7–2 and 8–3 up. However, in the final qualifying round, he lost 7–10 to World number 21 Martin Gould, despite being 5–2 up at one point in the match, however, the progression to the final qualifying round netted him £8,200.
At the Start of the 2013–14, Lawler was ranked 59th in the World rankings. In the qualifiers for the 2013 Wuxi Classic, Lawler lost his qualifying match 2–5 against Chinese youngster Lyu Haotian. In the qualifiers for the Australian Goldfields Open, Lawler lost his opening match in the last 96 to Scotsman Ross Muir 1–5. Lawler lost his opening game in the Shanghai Masters 1–5 to Mohamed Khairy. Lawler ended this run of bad results to beat Jak Jones 4–0 to qualify for the inaugural Indian Open. He defeated Indian wildcard Kamal Chalwa 4–1, before receiving a bye to the last 32, due to the withdrawal of Ali Carter, however, he was defeated 2–4 by Neil Robertson. He followed this up with a run to the last 16 of the third European Tour event, beating James Cahill, Liam Highfield and John Higgins before losing to Mark Allen 2–4. Lawler also qualified for the International Championship, beating Ian Burns 6–4 in qualifying, he then beat Aditya Mehta 6–4, before losing 4–6 to Fergal O'Brien in the last 32. Lawler lost in the last 64 of the UK Championship, having defeated Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 6–3, before losing 1–6 to John Higgins, he also qualified for the German Masters, defeating Mitchell Travis 5–1 in qualifying. He also managed to qualifying for the World Open, this time defeating Elliot Slessor, also by a 5–1 scoreline.
Lawler qualified for the first ranking tournament of the season, the Wuxi Classic, beating Vinnie Calabrese 5–3. In the first round proper, he faced Shaun Murphy who won the match 5–1. Lawler failed to qualify for both the Shanghai Masters and the Australian Goldfields Open but then reached the semi-finals of the second Euro Tour (PTC) event, eventually losing 3–4 to Mark Allen in a deciding frame. A solid run of results followed, reaching a quarter-final in PTC4 where he eventually lost 3–4 to Robert Milkins, and also reaching the fourth round of the UK Championship where he pulled one back against Mark Allen by beating him 6–4 in the third round, eventually losing 3–6 to Judd Trump. Lawler failed to achieve another deep run in a tournament for the rest of the season, but was consistent in qualifying for the main stages of ranking tournaments, and therefore accumulated enough prize money to finish 39th on the rankings list at the end of the season.
In November 2018, after winning his first round match against Anthony Hamilton at the UK Championships, Lawler was criticised for his slow play by World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn taking an average of 39.8s per shot. Despite this, he reached the quarter final of the Shootout, where players have a limited time (15 seconds for the first five minutes; ten seconds thereafter) to play each shot.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||54||45||45||45||40||20||26||40||51||51||64||66||53||57||60||46||49||60||61||49||58||[nb 3]||59||39||39||47||[nb 4]||94||[nb 4]|
|Riga Masters[nb 5]||Tournament Not Held||MR||LQ||WD||1R||1R|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||2R||3R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||1R||1R|
|World Open[nb 6]||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||3R||1R||1R||1R||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||Not Held||1R||LQ||1R||LQ|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||1R||2R|
|Scottish Open[nb 7]||Not Held||LQ||1R||1R||F||1R||1R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||Tournament Not Held||MR||Not Held||1R||1R||1R||1R|
|European Masters[nb 8]||1R||1R||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||NH||LQ||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|German Masters[nb 9]||Tournament Not Held||QF||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||SF||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||1R||3R||QF||1R|
|Players Championship[nb 10]||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||2R||DNQ||1R||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||A||1R||2R||2R|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ|
|World Seniors Championship||NH||A||Not Held||A||A||A||A||LQ||LQ||A||A||A||A|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship[nb 11]||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||NH||A||A||A||A||RR||A||A||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Classic||QF||2R||Tournament Not Held|
|Strachan Open[nb 12]||NH||LQ||MR||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Dubai Classic[nb 13]||2R||2R||3R||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||Tournament Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Not Held||Non-ranking||1R||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 14]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||LQ||1R||WD||3R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||1R||LQ||LQ||NH||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||NR||1R||1R||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||1R||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 15]||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||2R||LQ||1R||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open[nb 16]||Tournament Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Non-Rank.|
|Paul Hunter Classic[nb 17]||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||Minor-Ranking Event||3R||2R||3R||NR|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||2R||NH||LQ||1R||LQ||NH|
|China Open[nb 18]||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||WR||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||3R||LQ||LQ||3R||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Masters Qualifying Event[nb 19]||Not Held||2R||5R||MR||4R||F||QF||2R||SF||3R||1R||3R||1R||1R||SF||NH||1R||A||2R||LQ||A||Tournament Not Held|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||1R||Ranking Event|
|Shoot-Out||2R||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||1R||1R||3R||QF||Ranking Event|
|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.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
- Players qualified through the One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event run under different names as Grand Prix (1990/1991–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
- The event run under different names as International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the European Open (1990/1991–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004), Irish Open (1998/1999) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
- The event run under different name as German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
- The event run under different name as Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
- The event run under different name as Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
- The event run under different names as Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event run under different names as Asian Open (1990/1991–1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/97)
- The event run under different name as Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event run under different names as Australian Open (1994/1995) and Australian Masters (1995/1996)
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
- The event run under different name as China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event was also called the Benson & Hedges Championship (1990/1991–2002/2003)
Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1996||International Open||John Higgins||3–9|
Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2012||Players Tour Championship – Event 3||Marco Fu||4–2|
Non-ranking finals: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1994||Benson & Hedges Championship||Mark Williams||5–9|
|Winner||1.||1996||Merseyside Professional Championship||Dean Reynolds||5–4|
|Winner||2.||1996||Finnish Masters||Stefan Mazrocis||6–2|
|Winner||3.||1996||China Masters||Shokat Ali||6–3|
|Runner-up||2.||2001||Merseyside Professional Championship||Michael Holt||3–5|
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