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Encyclopedia > John Higgins
John Higgins
Born May 18, 1975 (1975-05-18) (age 31)
Wishaw, North Lanarkshire
Nationality Flag of Scotland Scottish
Nickname(s) Wizard of Wishaw,
The Haggis
Professional 1992–
Highest ranking #1 (2 years)
2006/07 ranking #4
Career winnings GB£4,005,380[1]
Highest break 147 (5 times)
Tournament wins
Ranking 17
Non-ranking 5
World Champion 1998

John Higgins (born May 18, 1975, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish professional snooker player. He is not a relative of Alex Higgins, another famous snooker player. May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... For the village in England, see Wishaw, Warwickshire Wishaw is a large town and former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... North Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig a Tuath in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime... The snooker world rankings are a system of ranking professional snooker players. ... The snooker world rankings for the top 32 snooker players in the 2006/2007 season are listed below. ... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies Inflation 3. ... In snooker, a break is the total score achieved by a player in a single visit to the table. ... The World Snooker Championship, currently held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, is the climax of snookers annual calendar and the most important snooker event of the year in terms of prestige, prize money and world ranking points. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... For the village in England, see Wishaw, Warwickshire Wishaw is a large town and former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... North Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig a Tuath in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime... Snooker is a cue sport that is played on a large (12 ft × 6 ft, 3. ... Alexander Alex Gordon Higgins (born 18 March 1949 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish professional snooker player, who was twice World Champion. ...

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Career

Higgins turned professional in 1992. Still in his teens, he won three ranking tournaments and reached the final of the Masters in the 1994/95 season. His 1997/98 season was also successful as he won the World Championship and two other ranking titles, reaching the number one spot in the world rankings. The following season he retained this position by winning the UK Championship, and he also won the Masters (which is an invitational event and did not affect his ranking), thereby becoming a Triple Crown champion. This is a list of ranking professional snooker tournaments. ... The Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters, is a professional snooker tournament. ... The World Snooker Championship, currently held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, is the climax of snookers annual calendar and the most important snooker event of the year in terms of prestige, prize money and world ranking points. ... The snooker world rankings are a system of ranking professional snooker players. ... The UK Championship is a professional snooker tournament, generally regarded as the second most prestigious tournament after the World Championship. ... The term Triple Crown is used in several distinct contexts. ...


In the early 2000s Higgins was dominating snooker, as Stephen Hendry had done throughout the 1990s, but fierce competition from other players, notably Mark Williams, saw him knocked off the top spot after only two seasons. However, the start of the 2001/02 season was to be a record-breaking one for Higgins as he became the first player to win the opening three tournaments of the season: the Champions Cup, the Regal Masters and the British Open. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Mark Williams (born 21 March 1975, Cwm, Wales) is a Welsh professional snooker player. ... The British Open is a professional snooker tournament. ...


This impressive run came to an end as John's wife gave birth to their first son, Pierce, in 2001. Fatherhood had a big effect on John and he struggled with his concentration; his form dropped and he was left without a trophy for a number of seasons. He no longer practises with the intensity that he did when he became world champion and world number one. Higgins is regarded[attribution needed] as one of the best match players ever.


In late 2004, John's wife gave birth to their second son, Oliver. He had a stronger 2004/05 season, winning the British Open for the fourth time. In the final of the 2005 Grand Prix, Higgins became the first player to make four consecutive century breaks in a ranking tournament, scoring 103, 104, 138 and 128 against Ronnie O'Sullivan. In the process, he scored a record 494 points without reply from his opponent. He went on to defeat Ronnie 10-9 in the Saga Insurance Masters, in what many consider one of the greatest finals ever played in any snooker tournament. In the deciding frame, Ronnie made a break of 60 before running out of position, and Higgins made a winning clearance of 64 to win the title. He also reached the final of the Malta Cup and China Open. Despite losing his first-round match at the World Championship 10-4 to Mark Selby he was ranked in the top 4 at the end of the season. The snooker season 2004/2005 is a series of snooker tournaments played during the years 2004 and 2005. ... The Grand Prix is a professional snooker tournament. ... Ronald Antonio OSullivan (born 5 December 1975 in Wordsley, West Midlands),[2][3] known as Ronnie OSullivan, is an English professional snooker player, nicknamed The Rocket due to his rapid playing style, with other monikers including The Essex Exocet and The Magician. He has won the World Snooker... The Malta Cup is a professional snooker tournament that was introduced in the 2004/05 season. ... The China Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... Mark Selby is a professional snooker player, born in Leicester. ...


Higgins' strength is his combination of break-building, technique, and outstanding safety and tactical play. These skills have seen him become one of the most successful players in snooker history. Higgins has also compiled 354 competitive centuries during his career, including five 147 breaks (all made in competition). Each one of these breaks was during televised tournaments.


Higgins made the 1,000th century break to be made at the World Championships, since its debut at the Crucible, on 5 May 2007, when he beat Stephen Maguire 17-15 to qualify for his third World Championship final. In qualifying for the final, and due to Shaun Murphy's failure to do so, Higgins is now guaranteed the Number One ranking, for the third time in his career. The Crucible Theatre, located in the city centre of Sheffield, England is known for being a producing theatre, meaning shows are designed and rehearsed in-house. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (126th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... Stephen Maguire (born March 13, 1981) is a Scottish professional snooker player from Glasgow. ... Shaun Murphy (born August 10, 1982) is an English professional snooker player and the 2005 world snooker champion. ... The snooker world rankings are a system of ranking professional snooker players. ...


Tournament wins

Ranking wins

The World Snooker Championship, currently held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, is the climax of snookers annual calendar and the most important snooker event of the year in terms of prestige, prize money and world ranking points. ... The Grand Prix is a professional snooker tournament. ... The Players Championship is a professional snooker tournament. ... The British Open is a professional snooker tournament. ... The German Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... The European Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... The UK Championship is a professional snooker tournament, generally regarded as the second most prestigious tournament after the World Championship. ... The China Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... The Welsh Open is a professional snooker tournament. ...

Other wins

The Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters, is a professional snooker tournament. ... The Irish Masters is a professional snooker tournament. ... The Scottish Masters, often known by its sponsored names, the Langs Scottish Masters or the Regal Scottish Masters, was a non-ranking professional snooker tournament held every year from 1981-2002 (except 1988). ...

References

  1. ^ World Snooker profile

External links

  • Higgins's profile at Sporting Life


World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association | World Number Ones in Men's snooker

Ray Reardon | Cliff Thorburn | Steve Davis | Stephen Hendry | John Higgins | Mark Williams | Ronnie O'Sullivan The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA, also known as the World Snooker Association), founded in 1968 as the Professional Billiard Players Association, is the governing body for the professional game. ... The snooker players ranked number one in the world are listed below for each season since rankings began. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... Clifford Charles Devlin (Cliff) Thorburn (born January 16, 1948 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) is a retired professional snooker player. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who was born in London and lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Ronald Antonio OSullivan (born 5 December 1975 in Wordsley, West Midlands),[2][3] known as Ronnie OSullivan, is an English professional snooker player, nicknamed The Rocket due to his rapid playing style, with other monikers including The Essex Exocet and The Magician. He has won the World Snooker...


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