Stephen Hendry

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Stephen Hendry
MBE
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Hendry at the 2011 Paul Hunter Classic
Born (1969-01-13) 13 January 1969 (age 53)
South Queensferry, Scotland
Sport countryFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Nickname
  • The Golden Boy [1]
  • The Ice Man [2]
  • The King of the Crucible [3]
Professional1985–2012, 2020–present
Highest ranking 1 (April 1990–May 1998, May 2006–May 2007)
Current ranking 100 (as of 24 January 2022)
Maximum breaks 11
Century breaks 776 (as of 26 January 2022)
Tournament wins
Ranking 36
Non-ranking39
World Champion

Stephen Gordon Hendry MBE (born 13 January 1969) is a Scottish professional snooker player and a commentator for the BBC and ITV. One of the sport's most accomplished players, he dominated professional snooker during the 1990s, when he won the World Snooker Championship seven times, a record in the modern era, surpassing the six world titles previously achieved by both Ray Reardon and Steve Davis. He is snooker's youngest world champion, having won his first world title in 1990, aged 21. [4]

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In addition to his seven world titles, Hendry has won six Masters titles and five UK Championship titles for 18 Triple Crown tournament wins, a total surpassed only by Ronnie O'Sullivan's 20. He won five consecutive Masters titles between 1989 and 1993, and five consecutive world titles between 1992 and 1996, both records in the modern era. One of three players to have won all three Triple Crown events in a single season, he is the only player to have achieved the feat twice, in the 1989–90 and 1995–96 seasons. [5] [6] His 36 ranking titles are second only to O'Sullivan's 38, and his nine seasons as world number one set a record under the annual ranking system used until 2010. A prolific break builder, Hendry has recorded 776 career century breaks. He has made 11 officially recognised maximum breaks in professional competition, [7] surpassed only by O'Sullivan's 15 and John Higgins's 12.

Awarded an MBE in 1994, Hendry was voted BBC Scotland's Sports Personality of the Year in 1987 and 1996. [8] In May 2012, after appearing in his 27th consecutive World Championship, he retired from professional snooker, ending his record 23 consecutive seasons in the top 16 of the world rankings. Hendry made his decision in response to a severe loss of form caused by "the yips", a condition that had first affected his game 12 years previously. [9] In September 2020, citing improvements in his play, Hendry announced that he would come out of retirement and accept an invitational tour card for the next two seasons. [10] After an almost nine-year absence from the tour, he returned to professional competition at the Gibraltar Open in March 2021, [11] but as of January 2022 his best result since his return has been reaching the second round of one ranking event. Hendry also competes on the World Seniors Tour.

Career

Amateur years (1981–1985)

Hendry started playing snooker in 1981, aged 12, when his father, Gordon, bought him a child-sized snooker table as a Christmas present. [12] Two years later he won the Scottish U-16 Championship. He also appeared on BBC's Junior version of Pot Black . The following year he won the Scottish Amateur Championship and also became the youngest ever entrant in the World Amateur Championship. In 1985, after retaining the Scottish Amateur Championship, he turned professional. At 16 years and three months old he was the youngest ever professional. Hendry was managed by entrepreneur Ian Doyle. [12]

Early professional years (1986–1988)

In his first season, he reached the last 32 in the Classic and was the youngest ever Scottish Professional champion, winning the 1986 edition. He also became the youngest player ever to qualify for the World Championship, a record he held until 2012 when Luca Brecel qualified at the age of 17 years and one month. [13] He lost 8–10 to Willie Thorne who then applauded him out of the arena. In the next season he retained the Scottish Professional Championship title and reached the quarter-finals of both the Grand Prix and World Championship, losing 12–13 to defending champion Joe Johnson, and the semi-finals of the Classic. Hendry and Mike Hallett combined to win that year's World Doubles Championship. In the 1987–88 season, Hendry won his first world ranking titles, the Grand Prix, beating Dennis Taylor 10–7 in the final, and the 1988 British Open. He also claimed three other tournament victories, retaining both the Scottish Professional Championship and the World Doubles Championship (with Hallett), and the Australian Masters. By the end of that season he was ranked world no. 4 and was voted the BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year.

No ranking titles came his way the following season, although he did win the New Zealand Masters and also his first Masters at Wembley.

World Champion and World Number One (1989–1999)

The 1989–90 season saw the beginning of Hendry's period of dominance. That season, he won the 1989 UK Championship, Dubai Classic, Asian Open, Scottish Masters, The Masters [14] and his first World Championship, beating Jimmy White 18–12 in the final, [15] elevating him to the summit of the world rankings at the age of 21. The following season, he set a record of five world ranking titles in one season and recorded a hat-trick of Masters, beating Mike Hallett 9–8 after coming back from 0–7 and 2–8 in the final. However, Hendry failed to retain his world title, losing to Steve James in the quarter-finals. In the 1991–92 season, Hendry regained the World title, winning 10 frames in a row in the final to come from 8–14 down to defeat White 18–14, adding to the victories in both the Grand Prix and the Welsh Open. He won the Masters, too, and achieved his first competitive 147 break, in the Matchroom League. A year later, he retained both his World Championship title and a fifth consecutive Masters crown. The following season, he retained the World Championship, narrowly beating Jimmy White 18–17 in the final. Also in 1997, Stephen Hendry played Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge final. The match was best of 17 frames. Hendry raced into a 6–1 and 8–2 lead with breaks of 110, 129 and 136, whereas O'Sullivan made a break of 106 in one of the two frames he won. O'Sullivan won the next six frames to level the match at 8–8. In the deciding frame, Hendry potted a long red to land himself on the black. Hendry went on to make a 147 maximum break, to win the match 9–8.

In 1994–95, after being awarded an MBE, [8] he won three ranking events, including the World and UK Championships, both of which he would retain the following year. In the 1994 UK final, Hendry defeated Ken Doherty 10–5, making seven centuries in the match. This performance has been described by snooker journalist David Hendon as "possibly the best anybody has ever played". His run of successes continued in 1995–96 with three titles, including the World Championship, where an 18–12 victory in the final against Peter Ebdon saw him equal the achievement of Ray Reardon and Steve Davis by notching up a sixth World crown. In 1997, he won BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year award for a second time and added another three ranking titles to his collection, although Ken Doherty denied him a sixth consecutive World crown by defeating him 18–12 in the final.

Hendry's dominant position in snooker appeared to be on the wane, as the only ranking event he won in the 1997–98 season was the Thailand Masters. In the 1998 Masters final at Wembley, Hendry led his good friend Mark Williams 9–6, needing just one more frame for victory. However, he then wasted numerous chances to close out the match and eventually lost 9–10 after the deciding frame went to a re-spotted black. This match is regarded by many as one of the greatest in the history of the game. He also lost his World No. 1 ranking for the first time since 1990 and was eliminated in the first round of the World Championship, losing heavily to White (4–10). The 1998–99 season began with an embarrassing 0–9 first-round loss in the UK Championship to unseeded Marcus Campbell. However, a resurgent Hendry won the last two events in the campaign – the Scottish Open and a record seventh World title. After beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 17–13 in their semi-final, he emerged a convincing 18–11 winner over future three-time World Champion Mark Williams. This was Hendry's last World Championship title.

Later career (1999–2010)

Hendry made a strong start to the 1999–00 season by winning two of the first three tournaments, including the British Open, where he made the fifth 147 break of his career and the first maximum in a ranking final. However, he was surprisingly defeated in the first round of the 2000 World Championship by debutant Stuart Bingham. By Hendry's high standards, the 2000–01 season was a disappointment, as he failed to win a ranking event for the first time since the 1988–89 season and reached only one final. Still he won the European Open the next season and came close to an eighth World Championship. Having eliminated defending champion O'Sullivan in the semi-finals (17–13), he lost narrowly to Ebdon in the final (17–18). This was Hendry's ninth and last appearance in a World Championship Final.

The Welsh Open in 2002–03 and the British Open in 2003–04 came Hendry's way, with his victory in the 2005 Malta Cup being the last ranking success of his career. Hendry reached another World Championship semi-final but was thrashed 4–17 by O’Sullivan with a session to spare, which was the heaviest defeat in a world semi-final. However, following O'Sullivan's decision to not enter the 2006 Malta Cup, Hendry was able to regain the world no. 1 position in 2005–06 due to consistency in reaching the latter stages of tournaments without, by his own admission, reproducing his form of old. [16] He reached the final of the 2006 UK Championship in a tournament memorable for his quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan, in which O'Sullivan unexpectedly forfeited the match at 4–1 down following a strong start by Hendry. The Scot then came back from 5–7 behind in his semi-final to defeat then-World Champion Graeme Dott 9–7, but lost in the final, 6–10, to Peter Ebdon. Following a disappointing season in 2007–08, Hendry unexpectedly reached his 12th semi-final at the World Championships, a new record surpassing Steve Davis' tally of 11. In doing so aged 39 Hendry became the oldest player to reach the semi-finals of the tournament since Terry Griffiths in 1992; however, he again lost heavily against an in-form O’Sullivan 6–17 with a session to spare. Hendry was whitewashed 0–8 in the second session of their match, the first time he had failed to win a frame in a full session at The Crucible.

Hendry started the 2008–09 season with two losses in his first matches. He was beaten 1–5 by Stephen Lee in the Northern Ireland Trophy and 4–5 by Ricky Walden in the Shanghai Masters. He had more success in the Grand Prix, however, winning his first-round match with David Gilbert 5–4, before succumbing to the eventual winner, John Higgins, 2–5 in the next round. However, in the next ranking event, the Bahrain Championship, he reached the semi-final, but he lost 4–6 to Matthew Stevens. In the next three professional tournaments, the 2008 UK Championship, the Masters and the Welsh Open, Hendry lost in the first round to Stephen Lee, Neil Robertson and Martin Gould respectively. He found some form in the China Open, beating Robert Milkins and Ricky Walden, but lost his quarter-final match to Peter Ebdon, the eventual winner of the tournament.

At the 2009 World Championship Hendry beat Mark Williams 10–7 in first round. This win guaranteed Hendry a place in the top sixteen of the rankings for the following season. He then went on to win 13–10 against Ding Junhui. In that match Hendry reached another milestone: a 1000th frame won at the Crucible (also, in that very frame Hendry scored 140 points). On 28 April, Hendry made a 147 maximum break against Shaun Murphy. [17] He eventually lost the match 11–13 to Murphy the next day to go out of the championship. [18] At the age of 40, he became the oldest player to make a maximum in a ranking tournament and only the second player (after O'Sullivan) to make more than one 147 at the Crucible. Hendry ended up at no. 10 of the world rankings, falling outside the top eight for the first time since the 1987/1988 season.

In the 2009–10 season Hendry won his opening matches in every ranking tournament, however didn't manage to get to a quarter-final until the China Open, where he lost 4–5 to Mark Allen, despite at one time leading the match 4–2. In the Masters Hendry lost in the first round. In the first round of the World Championship, Hendry defeated China's Zhang Anda. Hendry was 7–9 down in the best-of-19 match, but won three frames in a row for a 10–9 victory. At the press conference he confessed, that, had he lost the match, he would have seriously considered retirement. [19] He lost in the second round 5–13 against Mark Selby. Apart from the Main Tour tournaments he won the seniors invitation tournament "Legends of Snooker" beating Ken Doherty 5–3 in the final. Another important event was the much publicised challenge match with Ding Junhui played in Beijing, which Hendry lost 6–13.

Final professional years (2010–2012)

Hendry at the Brugge Open 2010 Stephen Hendry at EPTC 2010.jpg
Hendry at the Brugge Open 2010

In the 2010–11 season Hendry could not maintain his unbeaten run in the first round of ranking events, as he lost it at the Shanghai Masters against Martin Gould by 2–5. [20] At the World Open in Glasgow, Hendry recorded 3–0 whitewashes against Bjorn Haneveer and Mark Davis, before he was beaten 1–3 by rival Ronnie O'Sullivan. [21] At the 2010 UK Championship in Telford, Hendry was drawn against another old rival, Jimmy White. Despite struggling with his game throughout the match Hendry came through 9–8, rolling back the years by compiling a match-winning break in the deciding frame. In the second round Hendry was defeated 6–9 by Mark Williams. [22] Afterwards Hendry expressed his frustration with his form and revealed that he has been suffering from "the yips" for the last ten years, leaving him unable to cue through the ball and causing him to miss the simplest of shots. [23]

Hendry lost 3–6 against reigning World Champion Neil Robertson in the 2011 Masters. [24] Hendry made his 10th 147 break at the 2011 Welsh Open in the opening frame of the last 16 round vs Stephen Maguire, but later lost the game. At the 2011 China Open Hendry whitewashed Matthew Stevens 5–0 in the first round, before losing to Ding Junhui 2–5 in the second round. [25] At the 2011 World Championship, he beat Joe Perry in the deciding frame of their first round tie before going out in the second round, for the second consecutive year, to Mark Selby 4–13. [26]

Hendry began the 2011–12 season at the first event of the Players Tour Championship, and lost 3–4 against Kyren Wilson. [27] As a result of this he was ranked number 17 after the event, the first time out of the top 16 since the 1987/1988 season. [28] However, he moved back into the top 16 after reaching the second round of the Australian Goldfields Open. [29] In September he played Robert Milkins in the first round of the Shanghai Masters, but lost the match 1–5, [30] subsequently losing his position inside the top 16 after the first cut off point and was ranked number 21. [31] This meant that Hendry would not participate in the Masters for the first time in 23 years and that he would have to qualify to reach the main stages of all the ranking events in the snooker calendar. [32]

Hendry qualified for the 2011 UK Championship after beating Gerard Greene 6–2 in the final qualifying round. It was his first qualifying match since 1989. [33] [ unreliable source? ] However, he lost 3–6 to compatriot Stephen Maguire in the first round. [34] He reached the semi-finals of the twelfth PTC event in January 2012, but narrowly lost 3–4, once again to Maguire. Hendry needed to reach the final in order to make the top 24 of the Order of Merit and secure a place in the Finals. [35] Hendry lost 1–5 in a qualifying match against James Wattana for the German Masters and therefore did not play in a ranking tournament for the first time in 15 years. [36]

Hendry qualified for the Welsh Open by whitewashing Kurt Maflin 4–0 to reach the first round, where he played reigning Masters champion Neil Robertson and recorded the result of his season so far by triumphing 4–1. [37] [38] He was then whitewashed 0–4 by Mark Allen in the following round. Hendry also played the Australian in the first round of the World Open after he defeated Mike Dunn 5–2 in qualifying, however this time he lost 3–5. [39] [40] Hendry won his fourth qualifying encounter out of five so far this season, when he defeated Yu Delu 5–1 to seal his place for the China Open. [41] There he beat Martin Gould 5–4 in the first round on the final black. [42] He played Robertson for the third consecutive time in a ranking event in the last 16 and was beaten 3–5. [43]

Retirement

Hendry ensured he would feature in his 27th consecutive World Championship when he qualified by beating Yu again, this time by a 10–6 scoreline. [44] He made a 147 on the opening day of the tournament in a match against Stuart Bingham. This was his third maximum break at the Crucible Theatre and his 11th in total, both records which he shared with Ronnie O'Sullivan (O'Sullivan is now on 15 maximums). He advanced to the second round with a 10–4 win over Bingham and then defeated an out of sorts defending champion John Higgins 13–4, his first victory over his compatriot in a ranking event since 2003, to set up a quarter-final meeting with Stephen Maguire. Hendry has reached 19 quarter-finals, with only eight players having played in the tournament that many times. [45] Hendry lost 2–13 to Maguire and immediately announced his retirement from the game citing dissatisfaction with his standard of play in recent years and difficulty balancing competitive, commercial and personal commitments and revealed he had made the decision three months earlier. [46] During his career he had made nearly 9 million pounds in prize money. [47]

Return to the professional tour (2020–present)

In 2020, Hendry accepted an invitational tour card to play on the main World Snooker Tour for two seasons, citing improved play in practice with coach Steve Feeney. [48] After delaying his return to competition several times, [49] [50] he played his first professional match in nine years at the Gibraltar Open in March 2021, losing 1–4 to Matthew Selt in the first round. [51] He then played Jimmy White in the first round of World Championship qualifying, winning 6–3, [52] [53] although he lost 1–6 to Xu Si in the second qualifying round, ending his hopes of reaching the Crucible in his first season back on the tour. [54]

At the beginning of the 2021–22 snooker season, Hendry achieved his first main-draw victory since his return, defeating Chris Wakelin 3–2 in the first round of the British Open, [55] but then lost 0–3 to Gary Wilson in an error-ridden second-round match that Wilson called an "embarrassment" for both players. [56] Hendry looked sharper as he defeated Michael White 4–1 to qualify for the English Open, [57] but was whitewashed 0–4 by Allan Taylor in qualifying for the Scottish Open, with the match lasting just 55 minutes. [58] He was whitewashed again in the first round of the English Open, losing 0–4 to Wakelin and scoring only 18 points in the match. [59] At the UK Championship, Hendry lost 1–6 in the first round to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who compiled five centuries during the match. [60]

Status

Stephen Hendry has won 75 professional titles, putting him second on the all-time list, behind Steve Davis. Hendry was the record holder for the number of ranking titles won, setting the record of 36 before it was beaten by Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2020. Hendry set the record during a period when fewer ranking events were available per season. Hendry also won four team titles as well as several amateur titles. His other career records include the most consecutive ranking titles, most century breaks compiled in one match (7), most centuries compiled in one tournament (16), most years ranked world number one, longest unbroken run inside the top 16 of the world rankings (23 seasons) and—at the time of his retirement—highest total prize money.[ citation needed ]

Hendry's World Snooker profile states that he is "One of snooker’s all-time greats". [61] Former player Dennis Taylor (in 2013), and former player and coach of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ray Reardon (in 2004), have stated that he has been superseded by O'Sullivan. [62] [63] In 2005 John Higgins, who competed with both players at their respective peaks, concurred, proclaiming O'Sullivan as "the best that's ever played the game". [64] Steve Davis—a six-times former world champion and BBC pundit—is more divided on the issue, considering O'Sullivan to be the best player but Hendry the greatest winner. [65] Jimmy White also regards O'Sullivan as the best player he's ever seen, but considers Steve Davis his toughest opponent. [66] Dell Hill—a snooker coach who has worked with some of the game's top players—also considers O'Sullivan the best player "without a shadow of a doubt", but believes that O'Sullivan has "under-achieved" next to Hendry. [67] O'Sullivan himself has dismissed the suggestion that he is the greatest player and believes that a player must equal Hendry's haul of seven world titles to be regarded as such. [68] Former world champion Stuart Bingham also takes a statistical view of the question, stating that O'Sullivan is the "best player to pick up a cue" but Hendry's record of seven world titles settles the debate as to who the greatest player is. [69] Desmond Kane of Eurosport has argued that if it were purely a statistical question then Joe Davis's fifteen world championships would settle the issue, that there is no real difference between the "greatest" and the "best", and that O'Sullivan has played snooker to a higher standard than anyone. [70]

Hendry himself has identified O’Sullivan as the greatest player he has played against but considers he would triumph in a match if both players played at their peak. [71]

Personal life

Hendry was born in South Queensferry, West Lothian, brought up in Gorgie, Edinburgh, and then Dalgety Bay, Fife, [72] where he attended Inverkeithing High School. [73] He later returned to Kirkliston, attending nearby Queensferry High School from the age of fourteen, and lived in a flat in South Queensferry during the early part of his professional career. [74] He met his future wife Mandy Tart at a Pontins holiday camp when he was 16. The couple married in 1995 and settled in Auchterarder. They have two sons, Blaine (born 1996) and Carter (born 2004). In 2014, Hendry left his wife after 19 years of marriage and moved to England to pursue a relationship with 26-year-old children's entertainer and actress Lauren Thundow, whom he had met at a snooker event the previous year. [75] [76]

Hendry has a single-figure golf handicap. He enjoys poker and has appeared in several televised tournaments. Hendry is also keenly interested in football, supporting Scottish side Hearts and English side Chelsea F.C. [77] [78]

When returning to Scotland from the Euro-Asia Masters Challenge in September 2003, Hendry had his cue broken.[ how? ] [79] The cue, which he had owned since he was aged 14, having purchased it for £40, was the cue he had used when winning his 7 world titles. Since the 11 September 2001 attacks, snooker players have been required to put their cues in the holds of aeroplanes, where they are susceptible to damage. [80]

In August 2011, HM Revenue and Customs successfully applied to Glasgow Sheriff Court to liquidate the assets of Stephen Hendry Snooker Ltd, the company set up to manage Hendry's sponsorships and promotion, following its failure to pay an £85,000 tax bill. [81]

Performance and rankings timeline

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Performance table legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
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  1. From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. Players issued an invitational tour card began the season without ranking points.
  4. The event ran under different names such as the Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986), International Open (1986/1987–1989/1990 and 1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
  5. 1 2 The event ran under a different name as the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  6. The event ran under a different name as the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2011/2012)
  7. 1 2 The event ran under different names such as the European Open (1988/1989–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004), Irish Open (1998/1999) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  8. The event ran under different names such as the Dubai Masters (1988/1989), Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  9. The event ran under different names such as the Asian Open (1989/1990–1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  10. 1 2 The event ran under different names such as Australian Masters (1985/1986–1987/1988 and 1995/1996), Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
  11. The event ran under different names such as the Grand Prix (1985/1986–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004), the World Open (2010/2011) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012)
  12. 1 2 The event ran under a different name as the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  13. The event was also called the Carling Challenge (1987/1988)
  14. The event was also called the Hong Kong Masters (1983/1984–1988/1989)
  15. The event ran under a different name as the Charity Challenge (1994/1995–1998/1999)
  16. The event ran under different names such as the Matchroom League (1986/1987–1991/1992) and European League (1992/1993–1996/1997)
  17. The event ran under a different name as the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)

Career finals

Ranking finals: 57 (36 titles)

Legend
World Championship (7–2)
UK Championship (5–5)
Other (24–14)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1. 1987 Grand Prix Ulster Banner.svg Dennis Taylor 10–7
Winner2. 1988 British Open Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett 13–2
Runner-up1. 1988 UK Championship Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Doug Mountjoy 12–16
Winner3. 1989 Asian Open Flag of Thailand.svg James Wattana 9–2
Winner4. 1989 Dubai Classic Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Doug Mountjoy 9–2
Winner5. 1989 UK Championship Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 16–12
Runner-up2. 1989 International Open Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 4–9
Runner-up3. 1990 European Open Flag of England.svg John Parrott 6–10
Winner6. 1990 World Snooker Championship Flag of England.svg Jimmy Niggins 18–12
Winner7. 1990 Grand Prix (2) Flag of England.svg Nigel Bond 10–5
Winner8. 1990 Asian Open (2) Ulster Banner.svg Dennis Taylor 9–3
Winner9. 1990 Dubai Classic (2) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 9–1
Winner10. 1990 UK Championship (2) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 16–15
Runner-up4. 1991 The Classic Flag of England.svg Jimmy White 4–10
Winner11. 1991 British Open (2) Flag of England.svg Gary Wilkinson 10–9
Winner12. 1991 Grand Prix (3) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 10–6
Winner13. 1992 Welsh Open Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Darren Morgan 9–3
Runner-up5. 1992 The Classic (2) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 8–9
Winner14. 1992 World Snooker Championship (2) Flag of England.svg Jimmy White 18–14
Runner-up6. 1992 Dubai Classic Flag of England.svg John Parrott 8–9
Runner-up7. 1993 European Open (2) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 4–10
Winner15. 1993 International Open Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 10–6
Winner16. 1993 World Snooker Championship (3) Flag of England.svg Jimmy White 18–5
Winner17. 1993 Dubai Classic (3) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 9–3
Runner-up8. 1993 UK Championship (2) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–10
Winner18. 1993 European Open Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–5
Winner19. 1994 World Snooker Championship (4) Flag of England.svg Jimmy White 18–17
Winner20. 1994 UK Championship (3) Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 10–5
Winner21. 1994 European Open (2) Flag of England.svg John Parrott 9–3
Winner22. 1995 World Snooker Championship (5) Flag of England.svg Nigel Bond 18–9
Winner23. 1995 Grand Prix (4) Flag of Scotland.svg John Higgins 9–5
Winner24. 1995 UK Championship (4) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 10–3
Winner25. 1996 World Snooker Championship (6) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 18–12
Winner26. 1996 UK Championship (5) Flag of Scotland.svg John Higgins 10–9
Winner27. 1997 Welsh Open (2) Flag of England.svg Mark King 9–2
Winner28. 1997 International Open (2) Flag of Malta.svg Tony Drago 9–1
Runner-up9. 1997 British Open Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 2–9
Runner-up10. 1997 World Snooker Championship Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 12–18
Runner-up11. 1997 UK Championship (3) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–10
Winner29. 1998 Thailand Masters (3) Flag of England.svg John Parrott 9–6
Runner-up12. 1998 British Open (2) Flag of Scotland.svg John Higgins 8–9
Runner-up13. 1999 Welsh Open Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 8–9
Winner30. 1999 Scottish Open (3) Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Dott 9–1
Winner31. 1999 World Snooker Championship (7) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 18–11
Winner32. 1999 (Sep) British Open (3) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 9–1
Runner-up14. 2000 Thailand Masters Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 5–9
Runner-up15. 2001 Thailand Masters (2) Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 3–9
Winner33. 2001 European Open (3) Flag of England.svg Joe Perry 9–2
Runner-up16. 2002 World Snooker Championship (2) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 17–18
Winner34. 2003 Welsh Open (3) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 9–5
Runner-up17. 2003 European Open (3) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–9
Winner35. 2003 British Open (4) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–6
Runner-up18. 2003 UK Championship (4) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Matthew Stevens 8–10
Runner-up19. 2005 Welsh Open (2) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 8–9
Winner36. 2005 Malta Cup (4) Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Dott 9–7
Runner-up20. 2005 China Open Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ding Junhui 5–9
Runner-up21. 2006 UK Championship (5) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 6–10

Non-ranking finals: 64 (39 titles)

Legend
The Masters (6–3)
Premier League (6–5)
Other (26–17)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1. 1986 Scottish Professional Championship Flag of Scotland.svg Matt Gibson10–5
Winner2. 1987 Scottish Professional Championship (2) Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Donnelly 10–7
Winner3. 1987 Australian Masters Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett Aggregate Score *
Runner-up1. 1987 Hong Kong Masters Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 3–9
Winner4. 1988 Scottish Professional Championship (3) Flag of Scotland.svg Murdo MacLeod 10–4
Winner5. 1988 New Zealand Masters Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett 6–1
Runner-up2. 1988 Fosters Professional Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett 5–8
Runner-up3. 1988 Matchroom League Flag of England.svg Steve Davis Round-Robin
Winner6. 1989 The Masters Flag of England.svg John Parrott 9–6
Winner7. 1989 London Masters Flag of England.svg John Parrott 4–2
Runner-up4. 1989 Norwich Union Grand Prix Flag of England.svg Joe Johnson 3–5
Winner8. 1989 Scottish Masters Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Griffiths 10–1
Runner-up5. 1989 Irish Masters Ulster Banner.svg Alex Higgins 8–9
Winner9. 1990 London Masters (2) Flag of England.svg John Parrott 4–2
Winner10. 1990 The Masters (2) Flag of England.svg John Parrott 9–4
Winner11. 1990 Pontins Professional Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett 9–6
Winner12. 1990 Scottish Masters (2) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Griffiths 10–6
Runner-up6. 1990 Matchroom League (2) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis Round-Robin
Runner-up7. 1990 World Matchplay Flag of England.svg Jimmy White 9–18
Winner13. 1990 Centenary Challenge Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 19–11 Aggregate Score
Winner14. 1991 The Masters (3) Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett 9–8
Runner-up8. 1991 Thailand Masters Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 3–6
Winner15. 1991 Hong Kong Challenge Flag of Thailand.svg James Wattana 9–1
Winner16. 1991 Indian Challenge Flag of England.svg John Parrott 9–5
Winner17. 1991 Matchroom League Flag of England.svg Steve Davis Round-Robin
Runner-up9. 1991 Pot Black Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 1–2
Runner-up10. 1991 Belgian Challenge Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 9–10
Runner-up11. 1991 London Masters Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 0–4
Winner18. 1992 European Challenge Flag of England.svg Joe Johnson 4–0
Winner19. 1992 The Masters (4) Flag of England.svg John Parrott 9–4
Winner20. 1992 Irish Masters Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 9–6
Winner21. 1992 Matchroom League (2) Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 9–2
Runner-up12. 1992 Kent Classic Flag of England.svg John Parrott 5–6
Winner22. 1993 European Challenge (2) Flag of Malta.svg Tony Drago 5–3
Winner23. 1993 The Masters (5) Flag of Thailand.svg James Wattana 9–5
Runner-up13. 1994 The Masters Flag of Scotland.svg Alan McManus 8–9
Winner24. 1994 European League (3) Flag of England.svg John Parrott 10–7
Winner25. 1994 Top Rank Classic Flag of Scotland.svg Alan McManus Round-Robin
Runner-up14. 1994 Scottish Masters Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 7–9
Winner26. 1995 Scottish Masters (3) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 9–5
Winner27. 1995 Charity Challenge Ulster Banner.svg Dennis Taylor 9–1
Winner28. 1995 European League (4) Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 10–2
Runner-up15. 1995 Irish Masters (2) Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 8–9
Winner29. 1996 The Masters (6) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–5
Winner30. 1997 Irish Masters (2) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Darren Morgan 9–8
Winner31. 1997 Charity Challenge Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–8
Runner-up16. 1997 European League (3) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 8–10
Runner-up17. 1998 Red Bull Super Challenge Flag of England.svg Steve Davis Round-Robin
Winner32. 1998 Champions Super League Flag of Scotland.svg John Higgins Round-Robin
Winner33. 1998 Malta Grand Prix Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 7–6
Runner-up18. 1998 The Masters (2) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 9–10
Winner34. 1999 Champions Cup Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 7–5
Winner35. 1999 Irish Masters (3) Flag of England.svg Stephen Lee 9–8
Winner36. 2000 Premier League (5) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 9–5
Runner-up19. 2000 Scottish Masters (2) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–9
Runner-up20. 2000 Irish Masters (3) Flag of Scotland.svg John Higgins 4–9
Winner37. 2001 Malta Grand Prix Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 7–6
Runner-up21. 2001 Irish Masters (4) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 8–9
Runner-up22. 2001 Premier League (4) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 7–9
Runner-up23. 2003 The Masters (3) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams 4–10
Winner38. 2004 Premier League (6) Flag of Scotland.svg John Higgins 9–6
Runner-up24. 2005 Northern Ireland Trophy Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Matthew Stevens 7–9
Runner-up25. 2005 (Dec) Premier League (5) Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan 0–6
Winner39. 2009 Legends of Snooker Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty 5–3

* It was decided by aggregate score over five frames.
** There was no play-off. Title decided on league table only.

Team finals: 7 (4 titles)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipTeam/partnerOpponent(s) in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 1986 World Doubles Championship Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett Flag of England.svg Steve Davis
Flag of England.svg Tony Meo
3–12
Winner1. 1987 World Doubles Championship Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Cliff Thorburn
Ulster Banner.svg Dennis Taylor
12–8
Winner2.1991 World Masters Men's Doubles Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brady Gollan
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jim Wych
8–5
Runner-up2.1991World Mixed Doubles Championship Flag of England.svg Stacey Hillyard Flag of England.svg Steve Davis
Flag of England.svg Allison Fisher
4–5
Winner3. 1996 World Cup Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 10–7
Runner-up3. 1999 Nations Cup Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 4–6
Winner4. 2001 Nations Cup Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 6–2

Amateur finals: 3 (3 titles)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1.1983 Scottish Under-16 Championship
Winner2.1984 Scottish Amateur Championship Flag of Scotland.svg David Sneddon [83] 9–8
Winner3.1985Scottish Amateur Championship (2) Flag of Scotland.svg Jim McNellan [83] 9–6

Maximum breaks

No.YearChampionshipOpponentRef.
1. 1992 Matchroom League Flag of England.svg Willie Thorne [84]
2. 1995 World Championship Flag of England.svg Jimmy White [84]
3. 1995 UK Championship Flag of England.svg Gary Wilkinson [84]
4. 1997 Charity Challenge Flag of England.svg Ronnie O'Sullivan [84]
5. 1998 Premier League Flag of Ireland.svg Ken Doherty [84]
6. 1999 British Open Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon [84]
7. 1999 UK Championship Flag of England.svg Paul Wykes [84]
8. 2001 Malta Grand Prix Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Williams [84]
9. 2009 World Championship Flag of England.svg Shaun Murphy [84]
10. 2011 Welsh Open Flag of Scotland.svg Stephen Maguire [84]
11. 2012 World Championship Flag of England.svg Stuart Bingham [84]

Awards

AwardYear
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)1993 [85]
BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year 1987, 1996
WPBSA Player of the Year 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
WPBSA Young Player of the Year 1988
WPBSA Performance of the Year 1995

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