Sanderson Lam

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Sanderson Lam
Sanderson Lam PHC 2016-2.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1994-01-28) 28 January 1994 (age 24)
Leeds, Yorkshire
Sport country England
Highest ranking77 (June 2016)[1]
Current ranking108 (as of 5 November 2018)
Career winnings£36,866[2]
Highest break137:
2013 Q School Event 2
Century breaks14[2]
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2017 Gibraltar Open)

Sanderson Lam (Chinese: 林杉峰) (born 28 January 1994) is a professional English snooker player.

Early life[edit]

Lam was born to Chinese parents in Leeds, England.[3] His parents moved to England in the 1980s.[3] His father is a bus driver.[3]


In 2011 Lam started to take part in the Players Tour Championship, a tournament series for professionals and amateurs. In the first three tournaments in England, he lost the first match in each case, but the Hunter Cup in Fürth he secured two victories in the qualifying rounds and played Mark Williams where he was defeated 4–0. Over the next year, he participated in a further four tournaments. Following the end of the season he entered Q School were he reached the semifinals of his group before losing to Elliot Slessor who went on to secure qualification for the main tour In the 2014/2015 season he was able to improve in the PTC tournaments and succeeded in qualifying for the EBSA Qualifying Tour play-offs. There he was able to prevail among the 16 participants, and win one of the two main tour places after defeating TJ Dowling 4–2 in the final round. As a result, Lam was given a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons.[4] Lam defeated David Morris 6–3 to qualify for the 2015 International Championship. On his venue stage ranking event debut he thrashed Michael Wild 6–0, but then failed to pick up a frame himself in the second round against Zhou Yuelong. Lam lost all eight matches he played after this.[5] Wins over Wang Yuchen and Alan McManus with the loss of a single frame helped Lam progress to the third round of the Northern Ireland Open, where he was ousted 4–1 by Hossein Vafaei. At the Gibraltar Open he eliminated Wang 4–3, Noppon Saengkham and Peter Ebdon both 4–1 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time and he would be on the wrong end of a 4–1 scoreline against Judd Trump. Lam squeezed past Mark King 5–4 at the China Open, before losing 5–2 to Kyren Wilson in the second round and he needed to have a successful Q School campaign in order to avoid being relegated from the tour.[6][7] A 4–2 victory over Joe Swail in the final round of the second event earned him a new two-year tour card.[8]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013/
Ranking[9][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 77 [nb 4] 92
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 5] NH MR LQ LQ LQ
World Open WR Not Held A LQ LQ
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 2R 1R 1R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 1R
International Championship A A 2R LQ 1R LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 3R 1R
UK Championship 1R A 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R
German Masters LQ A LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix NH NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open 1R A 1R 1R 1R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking 1R 1R
Indian Open LQ LQ NH LQ LQ LQ
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Not Held MR 4R 1R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open LQ A LQ 2R LQ
World Championship LQ A LQ LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic LQ A Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters LQ A LQ LQ 1R NR
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.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  3. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Personal life[edit]

Lam speaks English as his first language but he can speak Chinese but not fluently, he remarked "I was born over here, but as soon as they see I am Chinese, they think I can speak fluently. It’s a shock. “I can speak Chinese, but not fluently. I am still trying to learn a lot. I have got quite a strong Leeds accent, a deep voice, so when I talk in China, they can’t understand the accent."[3] Although his parents speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese, he mainly speaks English.[3]


  1. ^ "WORLD RANKINGS After 2016 Kaspersky Riga Masters". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Sanderson Lam – Professional". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "White Rose rookie is happy to let his cue do the talking". 2015.
  4. ^ "EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs (2015)". Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Sanderson Lam 2015/2016". Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Sanderson Lam 2016/2017". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Rankings 2016/2017". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Lam Secures Immediate Tour Return". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External links[edit]

  • Sanderson Lam at Snooker Results and Statistic Database