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Encyclopedia > Shaun Murphy (snooker player)
Shaun Murphy
Born August 10, 1982
Nationality English
Professional 1997
2006/07 ranking 5
Career prize money (up to start of 2006/07 season): £504,720
Highest break 147 (once)
Tournament wins
World Champion 2005

Shaun Murphy (born August 10, 1982) is an English professional snooker player and the 2005 world snooker champion. August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... The snooker world rankings for the top 32 snooker players in the 2006/2007 season are listed below. ... In the Billiards game 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. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... Snooker is a billiards sport that is played on a large (12 feet × 6 feet) baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. ...

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Early Career and personal life

Murphy was born in Northampton, but lives in Rotherham with his wife Clare, whom he met on an online Christian chatroom. He has told the BBC Snooker that he found faith as a teenager, and sees it as the biggest influence on his life, praying before each match. Northampton Guildhall, built 1861-4, E.W. Godwin, architect Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in central England upon the River Nene, and the county town of Northamptonshire. ... Map sources for Rotherham at grid reference SK4392 Rotherham is a town in South Yorkshire, England, built upon the River Don near the confluence of the Don and the Rother. ... A chat room is an online forum where people can chat online (talk by broadcasting messages to people on the same forum in real time). ...


As one of the Young Players of Distinction in 2000, he was long expected to become a star, but his progress was gradual until his world championship. His previous best performance was reaching the semi-finals of the British Open in 2004. He reached the Crucible in 2002 and 2003, losing 10-9 to Ken Doherty in the latter, losing a qualifying match to Stuart Pettman in 2004. The British Open is the title or popular name of a number of sporting tournaments: The British Open golf championship A tennis tournament often called the Wimbledon championships British Open Squash British Open snooker. ... Ken Doherty (born September 17, 1969) is an Irish professional snooker player. ...


Shaun also loves the United States and has visited New York three times. He is also a keen piano player and single-figure handicap golfer. Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ...


World Championship win

During the 2005 championships, he beat former world champions John Higgins (13-8), Steve Davis (13-4), Peter Ebdon (17-12), and finalist Matthew Stevens (18-16) to win the World Championship. His run echoed the first championship win of his childhood idol Davis, who also beat 3 world champions (Alex Higgins, Cliff Thorburn and Terry Griffiths) to reach the final. John Higgins (born May 18, 1975, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Peter Ebdon (born August 27, 1970) is an English professional snooker player. ... Matthew Stevens (born September 11, 1977) is a Welsh professional snooker player. ... 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. ... Alexander Gordon Higgins (born March 18, 1949) is a world-famous snooker player. ... Clifford Charles Devlin (Cliff) Thorburn (born January 16, 1948 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) is a retired professional snooker player. ... Terry Griffiths (born October 16, 1947) is a retired Welsh snooker player. ...


The World tournament doubled his previous career prize money and his run to the final earned him the nickname Magician. He purchased a Mercedes Benz E-Class with the proceeds of his world championship win. The term magician can refer to a practitioner of either paranormal magic or illusionism. ...


At the age of 22, Murphy became the second youngest player ever to win the World Championships, following Stephen Hendry who first lifted the title when he was 21. He also became only the second-ever qualifier to win the World Championships, the other being Terry Griffiths in 1979. Stephen Hendry MBE (born January 13, 1969 in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... Terry Griffiths (born October 16, 1947) is a retired Welsh snooker player. ...


Murphy began the 2005 World Championships ranked number 48 on the world ranking and with the odds of 125-1. He had to play two qualifying matches to reach the final stages. Never before had a World Champion played that many matches (7 in total) to lift the title.


Post-title career

He ranked number 21 after his title win, which makes him the first World Champion to start the new season outside of the top 16. He will however automatically qualify for every tournament in the 2005/06 season as the number 2 seed (and number 1 seed in the case of the 2006 World Championship). In the first three events of the 2005/2006 season, he reached the last 16, losing deciding-frame matches to Stuart Bingham, Neil Robertson and Graeme Dott. He was more successful at the Welsh Open, reaching the final before losing to Stephen Lee. Stuart Bingham is a professional snooker player from Basildon in England. ... Neil Robertson is a mathematician working mainly in topological graph theory. ... Graeme Dott (born May 12, 1977) is a professional snooker player from Larkhall in Scotland. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Despite his faith, he could not overcome the perhaps darker force otherwise known as the "Crucible Curse" (no first-time champion ever successfully defending the title at the Crucible) in the 2006 World Championships .His defence of his world title ended in defeat in the quarter-finals, 13-7 to Peter Ebdon, after victories over James Wattana and Davis. His overall performances over the previous 2 seasons moved him up to #5 in the World Rankings. According to his Worldsnooker.com profile, he spent some of the following summer doing humanitarian work in Zimbabwe. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Peter Ebdon (born August 27, 1970) is an English professional snooker player. ... Pu-Orb-Orm James Wattana (born January 17, 1970) is a professional snooker player from Thailand. ...


Murphy is best noted for his excellent cue action and his consistent long potting. Murphy, who picked up a cue at age 8, is coached by Steve Prest, who says his pupil has spent a lot of time perfecting his cue action and developing the tactical side of his game. Murphy was coached early on in his career by Joe Johnson, another surprise winner of the World Championships. Steve Prest is the manager and coach of Shaun Murphy, the recently crowned 2005 World Snooker Champion. ... Joe Johnson (born 29 June 1952) is an English professional snooker player. ...


External links

  • BBC link
  • Player profile
  • Biography

  Results from FactBites:
 
Shaun Murphy (252 words)
Snooker player, Shaun Murphy was born on 10 August 1982.
Shaun Murphy won the snooker world championships on May 2, 2005, narrowly beating Matthew Stevens in the final.
Murphy became a professional snooker player in June 1997, when he was just 14.
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