Thor Chuan Leong

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Thor Chuan Leong
Thor Leong PHC 2015-4.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2015
Born (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 31)
Sport countryFlag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
Professional2014–
Highest ranking 83 (June 2019)
Current ranking 98 (as of 2 March 2020[ needs update ])
Career winnings £27,762
Highest break 139:
2017 English Open
Century breaks 14
Best ranking finishLast 32(2016 World Open, 2017 Gibraltar Open, 2017 English Open, 2018 European Masters)

Thor Chuan Leong (simplified Chinese :涂振龙; traditional Chinese :涂振龍; pinyin :Tú Zhènlóng; [1] born 24 March 1988) is a Malaysian professional snooker player. He is commonly referred to as Rory Thor. [2]

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Career

Thor, based in Penang, Malaysia represented his country at the 2006 & 2010 Asian Games and in the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and 2013 Southeast Asian Games, in the Southeast Asian Games he won bronze in the snooker singles [3] and doubles [4] and gold in the six red snooker singles. [5]

In 2014, Thor won the ACBS Asian Snooker Championship in May, beating Taiwan's Hung Chuang Ming 7–3 in the final. [6] This victory gained Thor a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons. [7] However, despite the tour starting in May, Thor did not start playing on the tour until February 2015. [8] He played in the Six-red World Championship, but lost all five of his group matches. [9] In his first match in a ranking event qualifier he was beaten 1–4 by Dechawat Poomjaeng. [10] Although Thor lost all four of his matches this season he did push top 16 player Stuart Bingham to a deciding frame in the first round of the Welsh Open. [11]

Thor again failed to win a single match in ranking events during the 2015/16 season; in contrast, he performed successfully in the European Tour events, winning all of his first-round matches and reaching last 16 twice, at the Paul Hunter Classic and the Gdynia Open. [12] As a result, Thor was able to secure his place on the Main Tour for two further seasons by finishing tied 31st on the Order of Merit. [13]

A 5–2 victory over Jack Lisowski saw Thor qualify for the 2016 World Open and he reached the second round by beating Luca Brecel 5–3, before losing 1–5 to Neil Robertson. He also advanced to the last 32 of the Gibraltar Open with wins over Matthew Roberts and Gary Wilson, but lost 3–4 to Igor Figueiredo. [14]

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
Ranking [15] [nb 1] [nb 2] 125 [nb 3] 84 [nb 4] 83
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters [nb 5] Minor-Rank.LQLQWDLQ
International Championship ALQLQLQLQLQ
China Championship Not HeldNRLQLQLQ
English Open Not Held 1R 3R 2R 1R
World Open Not Held 2R LQLQLQ
Northern Ireland Open Not Held 1R 1R 1R 1R
UK Championship A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Not Held 1R 1R 1R 1R
European Masters Not HeldLQ 1R 2R LQ
German Masters ALQLQLQLQLQ
World Grand Prix NRDNQDNQDNQDNQDNQ
Welsh Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R
Shoot-Out Variant 1R 1R 2R 2R
Players Championship DNQDNQDNQDNQDNQDNQ
Gibraltar Open NHMR 3R 2R A 1R
Tour Championship Tournament Not HeldDNQDNQ
World Championship LQLQLQLQLQ
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship RR RR AAAA
Former ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters ALQLQLQNon-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Rank. 1R A 1R NR
Indian Open LQNHLQLQ 1R NH
China Open LQLQLQLQ 1R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi-finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DNQdid not qualify for the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournamentWDwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  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 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 ranking points.
  5. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)

Career finals

Pro-am finals: 3 (2 title, 1 runner-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 2009 Southeast Asian Games Flag of Thailand.svg Supoj Saenla 3–4
Winner1. 2013 Southeast Asian Games (6-red) Flag of Laos.svg Sithideth Sakbieng5–4
Winner2. 2015 Southeast Asian Games Flag of Myanmar.svg Htet Ko4–2

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1.2014 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship Flag of the Republic of China.svg Hung Chuang Ming7–3

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