สตีฟเดวิส

Steve Davis , OBE (เกิด 22 สิงหาคม 2500) เป็นนักสนุกเกอร์อาชีพชาวอังกฤษที่เกษียณจากPlumstead , London เขาครองกีฬาในช่วงทศวรรษที่ 1980 เมื่อเขาเข้าถึงรอบชิงชนะเลิศสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลก 8 รายการในรอบ 9 ปีคว้าแชมป์โลก 6 รายการและครองอันดับหนึ่งของโลก 7 ฤดูกาลติดต่อกัน เขาเป็นผู้เล่นคนแรกที่ได้รับการยอมรับอย่างเป็นทางการสูงสุดในการแข่งขันระดับมืออาชีพและเป็นผู้เล่นคนแรกที่ได้รับเงินรางวัลมากกว่า 1 ล้านปอนด์ บีบีซีชื่อเดวิสของบุคลิกภาพกีฬาแห่งปีในปี 1988 และเขายังคงเป็นผู้เล่นสนุ๊กเกอร์เท่านั้นที่เคยชนะรางวัล

สตีฟเดวิส
OBE
สตีฟเดวิสใน German Masters Snooker Final (DerHexer) 2012-02-05 16.jpg
เกิด( พ.ศ. 2500-08-22 )22 สิงหาคม 2500 (อายุ 63 ปี) พ
ลัมสเตดลอนดอนอังกฤษ
กีฬาประเทศ อังกฤษ
ชื่อเล่น
  • นักเก็ต
  • น่าสนใจ
  • นักมายากลขิง[1] [2]
  • รอมฟอร์ดโรบอท[3]
  • รอมฟอร์ดสลิม
  • มาสเตอร์คูแมน
  • นักเก็ตทองคำ
มืออาชีพพ.ศ. 2521–2559
อันดับสูงสุด1 ( 2526/84 - 2532/90 )
เงินรางวัลในอาชีพ5.5 ล้านปอนด์[4] [5]
หยุดพักสูงสุด147 : 1982 คลาสสิก
ช่วงพักของศตวรรษ355
การแข่งขันชนะ
การจัดอันดับ28
ไม่จัดอันดับ56
แชมป์โลก

การเผชิญหน้ากับเดนนิสเทย์เลอร์ของเดวิในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1985 รอบชิงชนะเลิศซึ่งเทย์เลอร์แพ้แปดเฟรมแรก แต่กลับมาชนะ 18-17 ในรอบชิงดำได้รับการยกย่องอย่างกว้างขวางว่าเป็นหนึ่งในการแข่งขันสนุ๊กเกอร์มืออาชีพที่โด่งดังที่สุด บทสรุปของมันกำลังเฝ้า 18.5 ล้านผู้ชมซึ่งยังคงถือบันทึกสหราชอาณาจักรผู้ชมสำหรับการออกอากาศทั้งหลังเที่ยงคืนและบีบีซีสอง นอกเหนือจากแชมป์โลก 6 รายการแล้วเดวิสยังคว้าแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักรอีก 6 ครั้งและมาสเตอร์อีก 3 ครั้งจากรายการTriple Crownทั้งหมด 15 รายการโดยเขาเป็นอันดับสามในรายการตลอดกาลตามหลังRonnie O'Sullivan (20) และStephen Hendry ( 18). ในช่วงฤดูกาล 1987–88เขากลายเป็นผู้เล่นคนแรกที่ชนะการแข่งขัน Triple Crown ทั้งสามรายการในฤดูกาลเดียวซึ่งเป็นความสำเร็จที่ผู้เล่นอีกสองคนเท่านั้น (เฮนดรีและมาร์ควิลเลียมส์ ) ได้รับการยกย่อง อาชีพของเขาทั้งหมด28ตำแหน่งทำให้เขาอยู่ในอันดับสี่ของรายการตลอดกาลตามหลัง O'Sullivan (37), Hendry (36) และJohn Higgins (31)

เขาได้รับรางวัล1997 ปริญญาโทอายุ 39 ถึงรอบสุดท้ายของสหราชอาณาจักรแชมป์ 2005ตอนอายุ 48 และยังคงจัดอันดับภายในด้านบน 16 เมื่อเขาหัน 50 ในช่วงฤดูกาล 2007-08 เขาทำของเขา 30 และปรากฏตัวครั้งสุดท้ายที่เบ้าหลอมใน2010อายุ 52 ที่เขาแพ้แชมป์โลกจอห์นฮิกกินส์จะกลายเป็นที่เก่าแก่ที่สุดของโลกในไตรมาสที่เข้ารอบสุดท้ายตั้งแต่ปี1983 ในเดือนเมษายน 2559 อายุ 58 ปีเขาประกาศลาออกจากทัวร์อาชีพหลังจาก 38 ฤดูกาลแม้ว่าเขาจะยังคงทำงานในฐานะผู้บรรยายและนักวิเคราะห์สำหรับการรายงานข่าวสนุกเกอร์ของ BBC เขากลายเป็น MBE ใน1988 วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาและ OBE ใน2000 ปีใหม่เกียรตินิยม

ช่วงต้นอาชีพ (2513-2522)

เดวิสเกิดเมื่อวันที่ 22 สิงหาคม พ.ศ. 2500 ที่เมืองพลัมสเตดกรุงลอนดอนประเทศอังกฤษ [6]บิลพ่อของเดวิสผู้กระตือรือร้นแนะนำให้เขารู้จักกับสนุ๊กเกอร์ตอนอายุ 12 ปีและพาเขาไปเล่นที่สโมสรสำหรับผู้ชายที่ทำงานในท้องถิ่นของเขา บิลให้สตีฟหนังสือการเรียนการสอน: ฉันเล่นสนุ๊กเกอร์โดยโจเดวิส [7] [8]พวกเขาศึกษาหนังสือเล่มนี้ต่อมาเดวิสใช้เทคนิคของเขาในช่วงทศวรรษ 1970 [9]เขาเริ่มเล่นที่ Lucania สนุ๊กเกอร์คลับในRomford ผู้จัดการสโมสรนำความสามารถของเขามาให้แบร์รี่เฮิร์น (ประธานสนุ๊กเกอร์ในเครือ Lucania ) เมื่อเดวิสอายุ 18 ปีและเฮิร์นกลายเป็นเพื่อนและผู้จัดการของเขา [10] [11]ที่เรียกชำระแล้ว£ 25 การแข่งขันโดยเฮิร์เดวิสไปเที่ยวสหราชอาณาจักรและมีส่วนร่วมในการแข่งขันที่ท้าทายกับมืออาชีพที่จัดตั้งขึ้นเช่นเรียดเรย์ , จอห์นสเปนเซอร์และอเล็กซ์ฮิกกินส์ ในช่วงเวลานี้เขามีชื่อเล่นว่า "นักเก็ต" เพราะเฮิร์นกล่าวว่า "คุณสามารถเอาเงินไปให้เขาได้และคุณรู้ว่าคุณจะได้รับเงิน" [10]

เดวิสได้รับรางวัลภาษาอังกฤษภายใต้ 19 บิลเลียดชิงแชมป์ในปี 1976 [12]หนึ่งในชัยชนะครั้งสุดท้ายของเขาเป็นมือสมัครเล่นเป็นกับโทนี่แม้วในอนาคตอีกมืออาชีพในรอบสุดท้ายของปี 1978 พอนตินฤดูใบไม้ผลิเปิด [13]เขาปกป้องตำแหน่งของเขาในอีกหนึ่งปีต่อมาเอาชนะคู่แข่งในอนาคตจิมมี่ไวท์ 7–4 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [14]เดวิสสมัครในปี 2521 เพื่อเป็นมืออาชีพและถูกปฏิเสธในตอนแรก[15]ก่อนที่จะได้รับการยอมรับโดยมีผลตั้งแต่วันที่ 17 กันยายน พ.ศ. 2521 กลายเป็นผู้เล่นอาชีพที่อายุน้อยที่สุดและเปิดตัวทางโทรทัศน์ระดับมืออาชีพในPot Blackซึ่งเขาเล่น กับเฟร็ดเดวิส [16] [17] [18]เขาเปิดตัวในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกในปีพ. ศ. 2522ชนะการแข่งขันรอบคัดเลือกสองครั้ง[19]แต่แพ้เดนนิสเทย์เลอร์ 11–13 ในรอบแรก [20]

ความสำเร็จในช่วงต้น (พ.ศ. 2523-2527)

ในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1980เขามาถึงรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศเอาชนะแพตซี่ฟาแกนและป้องกันแชมป์เทอร์รี่กริฟฟิ ธ ส์ก่อนที่จะแพ้อเล็กซ์ฮิกกินส์ 9-13 [21] [22]เขาได้รับตำแหน่งสำคัญเป็นครั้งแรกในปีนั้นการชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักร 1980เอาชนะกริฟฟิ ธ ส์ 9–0 ในรอบรองชนะเลิศและฮิกกิ้นส์ 16–6 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [23] [24]หลังจากคว้าแชมป์รายการแรกเขาได้รับรางวัลClassicในปี 1980, Yamaha OrgansและEnglish Professionalในปี 1981, [12]และเป็นเจ้ามือรับแทงที่ชนะการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1981แม้จะได้อันดับที่ 13 ก็ตาม [25] [26]เดวิสถึงรอบชิงชนะเลิศด้วยการเอาชนะไวท์ในรอบแรกฮิกกินส์ในรอบที่สองกริฟฟิ ธ ส์ในรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศและป้องกันแชมป์คลิฟ ธ อร์เบิร์นในรอบรองชนะเลิศ [27]ในรอบสุดท้ายเขาเอาชนะDoug Mountjoy 18–12 เพื่อคว้าแชมป์โลกครั้งแรกของเขา [28] [29]เดวิสเสร็จ 9-0 ล้างบาปชัยชนะเหนือเดนนิสเทย์เลอร์ในต่างประเทศเปิดที่สิ้นสุดและมีไว้ในสหราชอาณาจักรที่มี 16-3 ชนะเหนือ Griffiths ในรอบสุดท้ายชนะห้าเหตุการณ์ในปี 1981 [30]ในมกราคม 1982 เดวิสรวบรวมการหยุดพักสูงสุดทางโทรทัศน์ครั้งแรกที่คลาสสิกที่ควีนอลิซาเบ ธ ฮอลล์ในโอลด์แฮมกับจอห์นสเปนเซอร์ [31]ในการทำเช่นนั้นลดาถูกสนับสนุนการแข่งขันเดวิสได้รับรางวัลรถ [32]แม้จะทำผลงานได้สูงสุด แต่เขาแพ้กริฟฟิ ธ ส์ 8–9 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [33]เดวิสเอาชนะกริฟฟิ ธ ส์ 9–5 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศของปีนั้นได้รับตำแหน่งปรมาจารย์คนแรกของเขา [34]

ระยะเวลา 18 เดือนของเขาของการปกครองสิ้นสุดลงที่1982 สนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกที่เขาหายไป 1-10 โทนี่โนในรอบแรกตกไปสาปแช่งเบ้าหลอม [20]อย่างไรก็ตามเรื่องนี้เขาจบฤดูกาลในฐานะอันดับหนึ่งของโลกเป็นครั้งแรก [35] [36]เดวิสแพ้กริฟฟิ ธ ส์ในรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศของการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักร 1982 ในปลายปีนั้น [37]หลังจากที่ทั้งสองเอาชนะเขาชนะคู่ชิงแชมป์โลกกับคู่ของโทนี่แม้ว [12]เขาพ่ายแพ้ ธ อร์เบิร์น 18–6 ในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1983คืนตำแหน่งด้วยการว่างในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [38]เดวิสนำ 7–0 กับฮิกกินส์ในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักรปี 1983รอบชิงชนะเลิศ แต่แพ้ในกรอบการตัดสิน 15–16 [39]ในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลก พ.ศ. 2527เขาเป็นผู้เล่นคนแรกที่รักษาตำแหน่งของเขาไว้ที่โรงละครครูซิเบิลซึ่งเป็นสถานที่จัดงานตั้งแต่ปี พ.ศ. 2520 โดยเอาชนะจิมมี่ไวท์ 18-16 ในรอบสุดท้ายคว้าแชมป์โลกครั้งที่สองของเขา [40]เดวิสยังชนะการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักร พ.ศ. 2527โดยเอาชนะฮิกกินส์ 16–8 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [41]

สนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1985

ในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1985เดวิสเอาชนะนีล Foulds , เดวิดเทย์เลอร์, กริฟฟิ ธ ส์และเรดดอนระหว่างทางไปสู่รอบชิงชนะเลิศโดยคู่ต่อสู้ของเขาคือเดนนิสเทย์เลอร์ [42]เขาชนะทุกเฟรมในเซสชั่นแรกและเซสชั่นแรกของช่วงเย็นนำไปก่อน 8–0 แต่เทย์เลอร์กลับมาวิ่งตาม 7–9 ได้ ตั้งแต่วันที่ 11 ถึง 11 พวกเขาซื้อขายเฟรมก่อนที่เดวิสจะก้าวไปข้างหน้าเพื่อนำไปสู่ ​​17–15 เทย์เลอร์ชนะอีกสองเฟรมเพื่อปรับระดับการแข่งขันที่ 17–17 และบังคับให้มีการตัดสินเฟรม ที่มีคะแนนปิดเทย์เลอร์กระถางสีสุดท้ายที่จะออกจากลูกบอลสีดำ ผู้เล่นที่แทงบอลจะได้แชมป์ หลังจากช็อตเซฟตี้หลายนัดและพยายามที่จะใส่มันเดวิสก็ตัดสีดำและทิ้งเทย์เลอร์ด้วยหม้อที่ตรงไปตรงมาพอสมควรเพื่อรักษาแชมป์ รอบชิงชนะเลิศมีผู้ชม 18.5 ล้านคนสร้างสถิติสำหรับBBC Twoและสำหรับผู้ชมหลังเที่ยงคืนทางโทรทัศน์ของอังกฤษ [43]รอบชิงชนะเลิศต่อมาเรียกว่า "ลูกบอลสีดำรอบชิงชนะเลิศ" ได้รับการโหวตให้เป็นช่วงเวลาแห่งการแข่งขันกีฬาที่ยิ่งใหญ่ที่สุดอันดับเก้าตลอดกาลในการสำรวจความคิดเห็นของช่อง 4ในปี 2545 ความไม่เชื่อของเดวิสและชัยชนะของเทย์เลอร์นิ้วชี้นิ้วถูกเล่นซ้ำหลายครั้งทางโทรทัศน์ [44]

ชัยชนะในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์โลกในเวลาต่อมา (พ.ศ. 2528-2532)

เดวิสและเทย์เลอร์ได้พบกันอีกครั้งในรอบชิงชนะเลิศของการแข่งขันกรังด์ปรีซ์ปี 1985แต่คราวนี้เดวิสชนะในรอบตัดสิน เมื่อเวลา 10 ชั่วโมง 21 นาทีถือเป็นการแข่งขันรอบชิงชนะเลิศหนึ่งวันที่ยาวนานที่สุดในประวัติศาสตร์สนุกเกอร์ [45]เดวิสตามวิลลี ธ อร์น 8–13 ในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักรในปี พ.ศ. 2528รอบชิงชนะเลิศ Thorne พลาดสีน้ำเงินจากจุดซึ่งจะทำให้เขานำไป 14–8; เดวิสชนะในเฟรมและเจ็ดในแปดคนถัดไปชนะ 16–14 [46]เดวิสยังได้รับรางวัลบริติชโอเพ่นในปี 1986ด้วยการชนะ ธ อร์น 12-7 [47]ในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1986เดวิสแพ้ไวท์ 13–5 ในรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศและทอร์เบิร์น 16–12 ในรอบรองชนะเลิศ [48]คู่ต่อสู้ของเขาในรอบชิงชนะเลิศคือโจจอห์นสันผู้เริ่มการแข่งขัน 150–1 คนนอก เดวิสแพ้การแข่งขัน 12–18 [49]ในตอนท้ายของปี 1986 ที่เขาแพ้ Foulds 16-7 จะเก็บสหราชอาณาจักรแชมป์ 1986 [41]

เดวิสเริ่มต้นปี 1987 ด้วยการชนะคลาสสิก 13–12 จากการป้องกันแชมป์จิมมี่ไวท์ [50]ในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1987เขาเอาชนะ Griffiths 13–5 ในรอบก่อนรองชนะเลิศและ White 16–11 ในรอบรองชนะเลิศ [51]พบกับจอห์นสันอีกครั้งในรอบชิงชนะเลิศเขาจัดตั้งผู้นำ 14–10 ครั้งหลังจากสามเซสชัน จอห์นสันลดความเป็นผู้นำของเดวิสลงเหลือ 14–13 แต่เดวิสใช้เวลาสี่ในห้าเฟรมถัดไปเพื่อชนะการแข่งขัน 18–14 และครองตำแหน่งแชมป์โลกครั้งที่สี่ของเขา [52]ในเดือนธันวาคมเขารักษาตำแหน่งในสหราชอาณาจักรด้วยการชนะ 16–14 กับไวท์ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [41]เดวิสรักษาคลาสสิกในปี 2531ก่อนที่จะอ้างสิทธิ์ในตำแหน่งอาจารย์ที่สองของเขา ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศของMasters 1988เขาได้ทำการล้างบาปของMike Hallett 9-0 ซึ่งเป็นการล้างบาปครั้งสุดท้ายเพียงครั้งเดียวในประวัติศาสตร์ของเหตุการณ์ [34]นอกจากนี้เขายังได้รับรางวัลฟุตบอลโลกกับอังกฤษและได้รับตำแหน่งที่สี่ของไอริชมาสเตอร์ในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์โลกเดวิสแพ้ฮัลเล็ต 13–1 โทนี่ดราโก 13–4 และ ธ อร์เบิร์น 16–8 ระหว่างทางไปสู่รอบชิงชนะเลิศซึ่งเขาได้พบกับกริฟฟิ ธ ส์ เดวิสเป็นผู้นำ 5–2 หลังจากเซสชั่นแรก แต่กริฟฟิ ธ ส์อยู่ในระดับ 8–8 หลังจากที่สอง ในวันที่สองของการแข่งขันเดวิสนำสิบสามเฟรมจากสิบสามเฟรมเพื่อคว้าแชมป์โลกที่ห้าของเขาในปี 18–11 [53]

เขาได้รับรางวัลเหตุการณ์การจัดอันดับครั้งแรกของฤดูกาล 1988-89 สนุ๊กเกอร์เป็น 12-6 ชนะกับสีขาวในอินเตอร์เนชั่นแนลโอเพ่น ในระหว่างการแข่งขันเดียวกันเขากลายเป็นผู้เล่นคนแรกที่ได้พักสามศตวรรษติดต่อกันในทัวร์นาเมนต์สำคัญ [54]ในเดือนตุลาคมเดวิสชนะการแข่งขันกรังด์ปรีซ์รอบสุดท้าย 10–6 กับอเล็กซ์ฮิกกินส์และครองแชมป์โลก, อังกฤษ, มาสเตอร์, กรังด์ปรีซ์, คลาสสิกและไอริชมาสเตอร์พร้อมกัน การไม่แพ้ใคร 4 ปีของเขาในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักรสิ้นสุดลงในเดือนธันวาคมโดยแพ้3–9 รอบรองชนะเลิศให้กับเฮนดรี้ [55]เดวิสไม่ได้แชมป์รายการหลักอีกเลยจนกระทั่งการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1989ซึ่งเขาเอาชนะเฮนดรี 16–9 ในรอบรองชนะเลิศก่อนที่จะได้รับชัยชนะอย่างเด็ดขาดที่สุดในโลกรอบสุดท้ายของยุคใหม่: ชนะ 18–3 กับจอห์นพาร์ร็อตต์สำหรับแชมป์โลกสมัยที่หกของเขา [56]เขารักษารางวัลกรังด์ปรีซ์ในเดือนตุลาคมเอาชนะดีนเรย์โนลด์สได้ 10–0 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ - การล้างบาปครั้งแรกในการจัดอันดับรอบสุดท้าย [57]ในตอนท้ายของยุค 80 เดวิสเป็นเศรษฐีคนแรกของสนุกเกอร์ [12]

การแข่งขันรอบชิงชนะเลิศ (1990–2005)

เดวิสถูกปฏิเสธไม่ให้ปรากฏตัวติดต่อกันเป็นครั้งที่ 8 ในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1990รอบชิงชนะเลิศโดยจิมมี่ไวท์ซึ่งชนะรอบรองชนะเลิศ 16–14 [58]เดวิสถูกแทนที่ด้วยความเป็นหมายเลขหนึ่งของโลกโดยสตีเฟ่นเฮนดรี้ผู้ได้รับรางวัลการแข่งขันในตอนท้ายของฤดูกาล 1989-90 สนุ๊กเกอร์ [59]ในฤดูกาลต่อมาเดวิสถึงรอบสุดท้ายของการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์สหราชอาณาจักรอีกครั้งและเล่นเฮนดรี้แพ้ในกรอบการตัดสิน 15-16 [60]ในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์โลกเดวิสมาถึงรอบรองชนะเลิศ แต่แพ้ให้กับ Parrott 16–10 [61]เดวิสรับรางวัลทั้งคลาสสิก - เฮ็นดรีชนะ 9-8 - และเอเชียเปิด - ชนะอลันแม็คมานัส 9-3 - ในปี 1992 [62] [63]เขาไม่ได้ชนะการแข่งขันในการแข่งขันชิงแชมป์ 1992 World Snookerอย่างไร ในขณะที่เขาพ่ายแพ้ต่อปีเตอร์เอ็บดอน 4–10 ซึ่งเป็นครั้งแรกที่เขาแพ้ในรอบแรกในรอบเก้าปี [64]เขาได้รับรางวัลEuropean Openในปี 1993 โดยเอาชนะ Hendry 10–4 ในรอบชิงชนะเลิศ [65]เขาเข้าถึงรอบรองชนะเลิศอีกครั้งในการแข่งขันสนุกเกอร์ชิงแชมป์โลกปี 1994แต่พ่ายแพ้ให้กับเฮนดรี้ 9–16 [66] [67]

Over the next two seasons, Davis won consecutive Welsh Open titles. At the 1994 event, he completed three consecutive whitewash 5–0 victories, and won the final 9–6 over McManus.[68] The following season at the 1995 event, he defeated John Higgins 9–3 in the final.[69] This victory was his last ranking title of his career.[70] Davis reached the quarter-finals of both the 1996 Masters and world championship in 1996, losing to McManus and Ebdon, respectively.[71][72][73][74] His last victory in a major tournament was at the 1997 Masters.[75] Trailing O'Sullivan 4–8 in the final, Davis won the next six frames for a 10–8 victory.[76] During the 1990s, Davis also won the Irish Masters four times: in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994.[77]

Davis fell out of the top 16 in the world rankings for the 2000–01 season,[59] and did not qualify for the next two years World Snooker Championships.[78][79] When he failed to qualify for the 2001 World Snooker Championship, he said that retiring would be the "easy thing to do".[80] Since he still enjoyed the challenge of professional play he continued, and reached the semi-finals of the 2002 LG Cup and the quarter-finals of the 2003 Irish Masters.[81][82] These results were enough to regain his place in the top 16 for the 2003–2004 season.[59] Nine years after winning his last ranking event at the 1995 Welsh Open, Davis reached the final again at the 2004 Welsh Open, and played O'Sullivan. In the best of 17 frames match, he led 8–5, but lost 8–9.[83][84] He reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 World Snooker Championship, losing to eventual winner Shaun Murphy.[85]

Later career (2005–2010)

Davis leaning over a table for a shot
Davis during a 2008 match against Ville Pasanen

Davis reached his 100th major career final at the 2005 UK Championship in York,[6] his first appearance in the event's final since 1990.[41] He beat defending champion Stephen Maguire and Hendry before he lost 6–10 to Ding Junhui in the final.[86][87] Davis brushed off suggestions of retirement before the World Championships,[88] and reached the second round where he lost to Murphy.[89] His performances during the 2006–07 season, including reaching the 2006 UK Championship quarter-finals and the Welsh Open semi-finals, ensured that Davis was still a top-16 player at age 50.[3] Although Davis dropped out of the top sixteen a year later, he reached successive quarter-finals at the Shanghai Masters and Grand Prix in 2008.[90] At the 2009 World Snooker Championship, Davis lost 2–10 to Neil Robertson in the first round.[91] At the 2009 UK Championship, he defeated Michael Judge 9–7 to set up a first-round match against Hendry which he lost 6–9.[92][93]

He qualified for the 2010 World Snooker Championship, his 30th time at the event by defeating Adrian Gunnell 10–4.[94] In the first round, Davis defeated Mark King 10–9. At 52, he was the oldest player to win a match at the Crucible since Eddie Charlton defeated Cliff Thorburn in 1989.[95] In the second round, against defending champion John Higgins, Davis won 13–11, a win commentator Clive Everton called "the greatest upset in the 33 years the Crucible has been hosting the championship."[96] This made him the oldest world quarter-finalist since Charlton in 1983. In the quarter-final match against Australian Neil Robertson, Davis lost 5–13.[97] During the event, to mark the anniversary of the 1985 World Championship final, Davis appeared with Taylor before the beginning of the first semi-final to stage a humorous re-enactment of their historic final frame; Taylor entered the arena wearing a pair of comically-oversized glasses, and Davis arrived sporting a red wig.[98] Despite having his best run at the World Championship for five years and reaching the quarter-finals for only the second time since 1994, this was his last appearance at the Crucible; he failed to qualify for the World Championship again before his retirement.[99]

Davis participated in the Players Tour Championship in 2010; his best result was at the Paul Hunter Classic, where he reached the quarter-finals before losing 1–4 to Shaun Murphy.[100] He finished 67 on the Order of Merit.[101] He reached the final of the 2010 World Seniors Championship, losing 1–4 to Jimmy White.[102] He narrowly reached the last qualifying round of the 2011 World Snooker Championship by defeating Jack Lisowski 10–9 before losing 2–10 to Stephen Lee.[103]

Retirement (2010–2016)

Davis, bent over the table, lining up a shot
Davis playing a trick shot exhibition during the interval of the 2012 German Masters final

Davis began the 2011–12 season ranked world number 44, his lowest rank since turning professional.[59][104] Davis reached the final of the 2011 World Seniors Championship before losing 1–2 to Darren Morgan.[105] He participated in the 2011–12 Players Tour Championship; his best result was in the Warsaw Classic, where he reached the semi-finals before losing 3–4 to Ricky Walden.[106] Davis finished at number 26 on the Order of Merit.[107] He qualified for the 2011 UK Championship by defeating Ian McCulloch and Andrew Higginson,[108] but lost 1–6 in the first round of the UK Championship to O'Sullivan.[109] He reached the last 16 of the Welsh Open with three 4–3 victories (defeating Lucky Vatnani, Ricky Walden and Ali Carter) before losing 0–4 to Murphy.[110][111] Davis did not qualify for the China Open or the World Snooker Championship, losing 1–5 to Rory McLeod and 7–10 to Ben Woollaston.[112][113]

He qualified for the 2012 Shanghai Masters by defeating Alfie Burden 5–1 and Andrew Higginson 5–0,[114] defeating Zhu Yinghui 5–1 to reach the last 32[115] before losing 4–5 to Ricky Walden.[116] He qualified for the final stages of the 2012 UK Championship, defeating Advani 6–5 and Jamie Burnett 6–2,[117] before losing 2–6 to Carter.[118] He again participated in the Players Tour Championship; his best results were in the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy and the Scottish Open, where he reached the last 16 before losing 3–4 to John Higgins and 1–4 to Ding Junhui.[119][120] Davis placed 52nd on the tour's Order of Merit.[121] In the Welsh Open, Davis defeated Kurt Maflin 4–2 to qualify for the event's venue stage before losing 0–4 to Mark Selby.[122][123] He finished the season in the qualifying stage of the World Championship, losing 7–10 to Maflin.[124] Davis qualified for the 2013 International Championship with a 6–2 win against Allan Taylor,[125] but lost 1–6 to Zhao Xintong in the wildcard round.[126] He won his first World Seniors Championship by defeating Nigel Bond, 2–1.[127] After a defeat by Craig Steadman 8–10 in the second round of the 2014 World Snooker Championship qualification, Davis finished the season outside the top 64 on the money list and dropped off the main professional tour after 36 years.[128]

With an invitational tour card for tournaments in the 2014–15 season, he returned to competitive snooker in the Riga Open in August 2014 (losing 1–4 to Robert Milkins in the last 64).[129] Davis participated in the Paul Hunter Classic, losing 2–4 to Gary Wilson in the last 128.[130] He played in the 2014 Champion of Champions event after qualifying with the 2013 World Seniors Championship,[131] losing 1–4 to Mark Selby in the group semi-final.[132] Davis entered the 2016 World Championship qualifiers, and lost to Fergal O'Brien in his final professional match.[133] During a live 17 April 2016 BBC broadcast, he announced his retirement from professional snooker, citing the recent death of his father as the main reason. Davis entered the Crucible Theatre holding the World Championship trophy, and received a standing ovation from the audience.[133] He continues to play exhibitions, and is a commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage.[133]

Davis playing a trick shot: potting a ball under a cloth

From 1994 to 2007, Davis regularly participated in professional nine-ball pool events; he was instrumental in creating the Mosconi Cup.[2] He represented Europe in the tournament eleven times, and was a member of the victorious 1995 and 2002 teams;[134] his victory against the US's Earl Strickland clinched the 2002 competition for Europe.[135][136][137] In 2001, Davis reached the final of his first pool event at the World Pool League before losing 9–5 to Efren Reyes.[138] Sky Sports commentator Sid Waddell gave him the nickname "Romford Slim", calling him Britain's answer to American pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone.[2] Davis dislikes blackball pool as played on English-style tables in British pubs and clubs, considering it a "Mickey Mouse game" when played with a smaller cue ball than the other balls.[139]

He reached the last 16 of the 2003 WPA World Nine-ball Championship in Cardiff, Wales, where he faced three-time champion Strickland. The match was notable for the behaviour of its players. Strickland accused members of the crowd of bias towards Davis;[140] when warned by referee Michaela Tabb, he told her to "shut up".[141] He complained after Davis took a second toilet break (when only allocated one), and Davis later admitted that the second break was gamesmanship against his opponent.[140] Strickland won the match, and proceeded to the semi-finals.[140]

Davis has become a proficient poker player, with successful appearances at televised tournaments;[142] they included an appearance at the final table of the 2003 Poker Million with Jimmy White, who eventually won.[143] He finished 579th at event 41 of the 2006 World Series of Poker, winning $20,617.[144] At event 54 of the 2008 World Series of Poker, Davis finished 389th and won $28,950.[145] He finished 131st, winning $5,491, at event 56 of the 2010 World Series of Poker.[146] At event 22 of the 2011 Grand Poker Series, Davis finished eighth and won $2,049.[147]

A keen chess player, he is a former president of the British Chess Federation.[148] Davis co-authored Steve Davis Plays Chess, a 1995 book.[148][149]

Davis has become known for his coolness and conduct in high-pressure situations.[6] His initial lack of emotional expression and monotonous interview style earned him a reputation as boring, and the satirical television series Spitting Image nicknamed him "Interesting".[150] Davis has since played on this image, and says it helped him gain public acceptance.[151] He co-authored How to Be Really Interesting with Geoff Atkinson, a 1988 book on whose cover he wears boxing regalia and holds a cue.[152][153]

Davis has worked with a series of video games. He appeared in a spoof online promotion for the Nintendo DS game World Snooker Championship: Season 2007–08, parodying a Nicole Kidman Brain Training advertisement, and worked with the World Snooker Championship franchise and Virtual Snooker.[154] He also gave his name to two video games, Steve Davis Snooker in 1984 and Steve Davis World Snooker in 1989.[155][156] In 2010, Davis played himself on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; other TV appearances include the Christmas 1981 episode of The Morecambe & Wise Show.[157]

Davis has published a number of other books. Five relate to snooker: Successful Snooker (1982),[158] Frame and Fortune (1982),[159] Steve Davis: Snooker Champion (1983),[160] Matchroom Snooker (1988)[161] and The Official Matchroom 1990 Snooker Special.[162] He co-authored two chess books in 1995 with David Norwood: Steve Davis Plays Chess[163] and Grandmaster Meets Chess Amateur.[164] Davis wrote three 1994 cookbooks: Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 1 – Interesting Things to Do With Meat,[165] Simply Fix – The Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 2 – Interesting Things to Make with Poultry,[166] and Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 3 – Interesting Things to Make Using Vegetables.[167] His third autobiography, Interesting, was published in 2015.[168] Davis also produced a music book titled Medical Grade Music in 2021.[169]

He participated in the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2013, finishing in eighth place.[170] The Rack Pack, a 2016 BBC television film about professional snooker during the 1970s and 1980s focusing on Davis's rivalry with Alex Higgins, featured Will Merrick as Davis.[171]

Music

When in the sixth form at school, Davis began listening to progressive rock and was introduced to the Canterbury scene, which immediately fascinated him. Interviewed in 2020, Davis said, "I loved what bands like Soft Machine and Henry Cow were doing – it was challenging and very complex." Regarding Robert Wyatt, he said, ".. one album in my collection that I would strong urge everyone to get is Rock Bottom. It's the type of album that you have to hear when you're smashed out of your face. It is just an incredible record.[172] Davis is a fan of French prog rock band Magma, and produced a London concert so he could see them, which directly caused their reformation.[173] He has a record collection with about 2,000 albums.[172]

Davis joined Brentwood community radio station Phoenix FM in 1996, broadcasting a variety of soul and rock shows during the next ten years online and on FM under a Restricted Service Licence. When the station went full-time on FM in March 2007, he hosted The Interesting Alternative Show.[174][175] As a result of his broadcasts, Davis was a guest presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music in 2011.[176] He branched out into club work in 2015, and has regular slots at London bars and nightclubs.[177] Davis performed with Kavus Torabi at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival;[178] their collaboration led to the formation of the Utopia Strong, an electronic-music band whose debut album was released on 13 September 2019.[179]

He joined Chas & Dave and several other snooker stars (as the Matchroom Mob) on "Snooker Loopy", a 1986 novelty record which was a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart.[180][181] A year later they released "Romford Rap", a follow-up single which reached number 91 on the UK charts.[182]

Davis won a record 83 professional titles and was the runner-up in 38 events, with 28 of these as ranking event victories.[183][184] His modern-era record of six world titles has been broken only by Hendry,[185] and his six UK Championship titles has been bettered only by O'Sullivan.[186] Davis compiled 355 competitive centuries during his career.[183][184] Davis was coached by Frank Callan for much of his career, who also represented Hendry in the 1990s.[187] In 2011, Davis was inducted into World Snooker's new Hall of Fame with seven other former world champions.[188] In the book Masters of the Baize, a detailed comparison and ranking of snooker professionals, Luke Williams and Paul Gadsby rated Davis as the third greatest snooker player of all time (behind Joe Davis and Hendry).[189][190]

In 1988, Davis became the only snooker player named as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year,[191] and was made an MBE.[192][193] He was made an OBE in 2000,[194][76] and has been honorary president of the Snooker Writers' Association.[195] Although he was on the board of Leyton Orient F.C., he has been a Charlton Athletic F.C. fan most of his life.[196]

Davis lives in Brentwood, Essex.[197] He divorced his first wife Judith in 2005 after 15 years of marriage. They had two sons: Greg (born in 1991) and Jack (born in 1993).[198] In 2012, Greg Davis entered the Q-School with the aim of winning a place on the professional snooker tour.[199][200]

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Ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4]NH Non-Ranking Event NH A Tournament Not Held NR Tournament Not Held WD LQ A A A
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held 2R QF LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ WD A
International Championship TournamentNot Held LQ WR A A
UK Championship Non-Ranking Event W W W W SF F F 3R SF QF 2R 1R 3R 1R QF 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R F QF 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 1R A 1R A
German Masters[nb 5]Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 1R NR Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ A
Welsh Open Tournament Not Held A 3R W W 3R 1R 2R QF 2R LQ 1R 1R F 2R 2R SF 3R 1R LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R A A
Players Championship Finals[nb 6] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open[nb 7]Tournament Not Held NR 2R LQ 1R 2R Not Held 2R LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A
World Championship 1R QF W 1R W W F F W W W SF SF 1R 2R SF 1R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R LQ LQ 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 1R 1R QF LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions A NH 1R Not Held A 1R A
The Masters A A 1R W QF QF 1R SF 1R W SF SF 1R QF QF 1R 1R QF W SF 1R 1R A WR 1R 1R QF 1R 1R WR A A A A A A A A
Championship League Not Held A RR RR A A A A A A
World Seniors Championship Tournament Not Held A Tournament Not Held F F QF W QF A
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 2R[217]Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 1R 1R A A
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 8]Tournament Not Held A A A NH 2R 2R A A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 9]Non-Ranking Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking F Tournament Not Held
Classic NH Non-Ranking Event W SF QF W W 1R SF 3R W Tournament Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 10]Tournament Not Held NR A F 3R 1R F 1R 2R QF Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 2R NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11]Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event Not Held A 1R W 2R F 2R 2R 2R 2R QF 1R LQ 1R NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12]Not Held NR QF W W QF QF W W W Not Held F QF F 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R Tournament Not Held MR Not Held
British Open[nb 13]NH Non-Ranking Event SF W 2R 1R QF 3R SF SF W SF QF 1R SF 3R 3R QF 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event QF 1R 2R NH NR Tournament Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 14]Tournament Not Held WD SF 3R QF W QF 2R 1R 1R NH 1R Not Held A 1R 2R QF 1R 1R NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy[nb 15]Not Held NR Tournament Not Held NR 2R 3R 1R Tournament Not Held
World Open[nb 16]Tournament Not Held WD 2R SF W QF 3R W W 1R F QF QF QF QF 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R SF 2R 3R 3R RR RR QF LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 17]Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ 1R A NH
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Bombay International A SF Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 18]Not Held W Ranking Event Not Held Ranking Event Tournament Not Held MR Not Held
Highland Masters Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
Pontins Professional SF SF QF W A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A Tournament Not Held
Classic NH A W F W Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
UK Championship A QF W W QF F Ranking Event
Tolly Cobbold Classic RR A A W W W Tournament Not Held
British Open[nb 13]NH A W W 2R W Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
Singapore Masters Tournament Not Held F W Tournament Not Held
KitKat Break for World Champions Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held
Belgian Classic Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
English Professional Championship Not Held W Not Held W SF A A A Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4]NH A A A W A A A F A NH R Not Held Ranking Tournament Not Held Ranking Event
Malaysian Masters Tournament Not Held RR NH SF Tournament Not Held A Tournament Not Held
China Masters Tournament Not Held W W Tournament Not Held A Tournament Not Held
Tokyo Masters Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
Canadian Masters[nb 9]QF QF QF Tournament Not Held F W QF R Tournament Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 10]Tournament Not Held F Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
Matchroom Professional Championship Tournament Not Held F SF W Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Gold Cup Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
International League Tournament Not Held RR Tournament Not Held
Norwich Union Grand Prix Tournament Not Held W A F Tournament Not Held
Centenary Challenge Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held
World Masters Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
London Masters Tournament Not Held SF QF W Tournament Not Held
European Masters League Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
European Challenge Tournament Not Held F A A Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11]Tournament Not Held F RR RR SF Not Held Ranking W Ranking Event A Not Held A Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Challenge[nb 19]Tournament Not Held SF W F SF W QF NH SF SF Tournament Not Held
Indian Challenge Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
Belgian Challenge Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
Indian Masters Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
Kent Classic[nb 20]Tournament Not Held SF NH A A NH SF Tournament Not Held
Belgian Masters Tournament Not Held SF QF 1R Not Held A Not Held
World Matchplay Tournament Not Held W SF SF F F Not Held
Pot Black RR A RR W W QF QF 1R Tournament Not Held W 1R W Tournament Not Held A A A Tournament Not Held
Tenball Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Guangzhou Masters Tournament Not Held F Ranking Event
China Open[nb 7]Tournament Not Held W Ranking Event Not Held Ranking Event
Super Challenge Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
Champions Super League Tournament Not Held RR Tournament Not Held
German Masters[nb 5]Tournament Not Held Ranking Event 1R Not Held Ranking Event
Champions Cup[nb 21]Tournament Not Held QF A 1R QF QF RR A A Tournament Not Held
Scottish Masters Not Held SF W W W A A A NH SF QF F SF 1R SF QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters A A A F W W SF A W W SF W W QF W W QF F QF QF QF 1R QF A Ranking Event NH A Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy[nb 15]Not Held F Tournament Not Held WR Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
Warsaw Snooker Tour Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
World Series Warsaw Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
Premier League[nb 22]Tournament Not Held RR Not Held W W W W F F SF RR SF F RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR SF SF RR RR A A A A Not Held
World Series Grand Final Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
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 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.

Ranking finals: 41 (28 titles, 13 runners-up)

Legend
World Championship (6–2)
UK Championship (4–3)
Other Ranking (18–8)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1981 World Championship Doug Mountjoy 18–12 [29]
Winner 2. 1983 World Championship (2) Cliff Thorburn 18–6 [29]
Winner 3 1983 International Open Cliff Thorburn 9–4 [218]
Winner 4. 1984 The Classic Tony Meo 9–8 [50]
Winner 5. 1984 World Championship (3) Jimmy White 18–16 [29]
Winner 6. 1984 International Open (2) Tony Knowles 9–2 [218]
Winner 7. 1984 UK Championship Alex Higgins 16–8 [41]
Runner-up 1. 1985 World Championship Dennis Taylor 17–18 [29]
Winner 8. 1985 Grand Prix Dennis Taylor 10–9 [219]
Winner 9. 1985 UK Championship (2) Willie Thorne 16–14 [41]
Winner 10. 1986 British Open Willie Thorne 12–7 [220]
Runner-up 2. 1986 World Championship (2) Joe Johnson 12–18 [29]
Winner 11. 1986 UK Championship (3) Neal Foulds 16–7 [41]
Winner 12. 1987 The Classic (2) Jimmy White 13–12 [50]
Winner 13. 1987 World Championship (4) Joe Johnson 18–14 [29]
Winner 14. 1987 International Open (3) Cliff Thorburn 12–5 [218]
Winner 15. 1987 UK Championship (4) Jimmy White 16–14 [41]
Winner 16. 1988 The Classic (3) John Parrott 13–12 [50]
Winner 17. 1988 World Championship (5) Terry Griffiths 18–11 [29]
Winner 18. 1988 International Open (4) Jimmy White 12–6 [218]
Runner-up 3. 1988 Canadian Masters Jimmy White 4–9 [221]
Winner 19. 1988 Grand Prix (2) Alex Higgins 10–6 [219]
Winner 20. 1989 World Championship (6) John Parrott 18–3 [29]
Winner 21. 1989 International Open (5) Stephen Hendry 9–4 [218]
Winner 22. 1989 Grand Prix (3) Dean Reynolds 10–0 [219]
Runner-up 4. 1989 UK Championship Stephen Hendry 12–16 [41]
Runner-up 5. 1990 Dubai Classic Stephen Hendry 1–9 [222]
Runner-up 6. 1990 UK Championship (2) Stephen Hendry 15–16 [41]
Runner-up 7. 1991 Grand Prix Stephen Hendry 6–10 [219]
Winner 23. 1992 The Classic (4) Stephen Hendry 9–8 [50]
Winner 24. 1992 Asian Open Alan McManus 9–3 [223]
Winner 25. 1993 European Open Stephen Hendry 10–4 [224]
Winner 26. 1993 British Open (2) James Wattana 10–2 [220]
Runner-up 8. 1993 Dubai Classic (2) Stephen Hendry 3–9 [222]
Runner-up 9. 1993 International Open Stephen Hendry 6–10 [225][226]
Runner-up 10. 1994 Thailand Open James Wattana 7–9 [227]
Winner 27. 1994 Welsh Open Alan McManus 9–6 [228]
Runner-up 11. 1995 International Open (2) John Higgins 5–9 [225]
Winner 28. 1995 Welsh Open (2) John Higgins 9–3 [228]
Runner-up 12. 2004 Welsh Open Ronnie O'Sullivan 8–9 [228]
Runner-up 13. 2005 UK Championship (3) Ding Junhui 6–10 [229]

Non-ranking finals: 81 (56 titles, 25 runners-up)

Legend
UK Championship (2–1)
The Masters (3–0)
Premier League (4–3)
Other (47–21)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1980 UK Championship Alex Higgins 16–6 [41]
Winner 2. 1980 The Classic Dennis Taylor 4–1 [230]
Winner 3. 1981 Yamaha Organs Trophy David Taylor 9–6 [231]
Winner 4. 1981 English Professional Championship Tony Meo 9–3 [232]
Winner 5. 1981 International Open Dennis Taylor 9–0 [233]
Runner-up 1. 1981 Northern Ireland Classic Jimmy White 9–11 [234]
Winner 6. 1981 UK Championship (2) Terry Griffiths 16–3 [41]
Runner-up 2. 1982 The Classic Terry Griffiths 8–9 [230]
Winner 7. 1982 The Masters Terry Griffiths 9–5 [235]
Winner 8. 1982 International Masters (2) Terry Griffiths 9–7 [231]
Winner 9. 1982 Tolly Cobbold Classic Dennis Taylor 8–3 [236]
Runner-up 3. 1982 Irish Masters Terry Griffiths 5–9 [237]
Winner 10. 1982 Pontins Professional Ray Reardon 9–4 [14]
Winner 11. 1982 Australian Masters Eddie Charlton Aggregate score[nb 23] [238]
Winner 12. 1982 Pot Black Eddie Charlton 2–0 [239]
Winner 13. 1982 Scottish Masters Alex Higgins 9–4 [240]
Winner 14. 1983 The Classic (2) Bill Werbeniuk 9–5 [230]
Winner 15. 1983 Tolly Cobbold Classic (2) Terry Griffiths 7–5 [236]
Winner 16. 1983 Irish Masters Ray Reardon 9–2 [237]
Winner 17. 1983 Pot Black (2) Ray Reardon 2–0 [239]
Runner-up 4. 1983 Thailand Masters Tony Meo 1–2 [241]
Winner 18. 1983 Scottish Masters (2) Tony Knowles 9–6 [242]
Runner-up 5. 1983 UK Championship Alex Higgins 15–16 [41]
Winner 19. 1984 International Masters (3) Dave Martin Round-robin[nb 24] [243]
Winner 20. 1984 Tolly Cobbold Classic (3) Tony Knowles 8–2 [236]
Winner 21. 1984 Irish Masters (2) Terry Griffiths 9–1 [237]
Runner-up 6. 1984 Singapore Masters Terry Griffiths Round-robin [244]
Winner 22. 1984 Hong Kong Masters Doug Mountjoy 4–2 [245]
Winner 23. 1984 Scottish Masters (3) Jimmy White 9–4 [240]
Winner 24. 1985 English Professional Championship (2) Tony Knowles 9–2 [246]
Winner 25. 1985 Singapore Masters Terry Griffiths 4–2 [247]
Runner-up 7. 1985 Hong Kong Masters Terry Griffiths 2–4 [247]
Winner 26. 1985 China Masters Dennis Taylor 2–1 [248]
Runner-up 8. 1985 Canadian Masters Dennis Taylor 5–9 [249]
Runner-up 9. 1985 Kit Kat Break for World Champions Dennis Taylor 5–9 [250]
Winner 27. 1986 Canadian Masters Willie Thorne 9–3 [249]
Winner 28. 1986 China Masters (2) Terry Griffiths 3–0 [251]
Runner-up 10. 1986 Australian Masters Dennis Taylor 2–3 [238]
Runner-up 11. 1986 Matchroom Professional Championship Willie Thorne 9–10 [252]
Winner 29. 1987 Irish Masters (3) Willie Thorne 9–1 [237]
Winner 30. 1987 Matchroom League Neal Foulds Round-robin [253]
Winner 31. 1987 Hong Kong Masters (2) Stephen Hendry 9–3 [254]
Winner 32. 1988 The Masters (2) Mike Hallett 9–0 [235]
Winner 33. 1988 Matchroom League (2) Stephen Hendry Round-robin [255]
Winner 34. 1988 Irish Masters (4) Neal Foulds 9–4 [237]
Winner 35. 1988 Matchroom Professional Championship Dennis Taylor 10–7 [252]
Runner-up 12. 1988 Dubai Masters Neal Foulds 4–5 [256]
Winner 36. 1988 World Matchplay John Parrott 9–5 [252]
Winner 37. 1988 Norwich Union Grand Prix Jimmy White 5–4 [252]
Winner 38. 1989 Matchroom League (3) John Parrott Round-robin [255]
Winner 39. 1989 Hong Kong Gold Cup Alex Higgins 6–3 [257]
Winner 40. 1990 Irish Masters (5) Dennis Taylor 9–4 [237]
Winner 41. 1990 Matchroom League (4) Stephen Hendry Round-robin [255]
Runner-up 13. 1990 Norwich Union Grand Prix John Parrott 2–4 [258]
Runner-up 14. 1990 Centenary Challenge Stephen Hendry 11–19 [259]
Winner 42. 1991 Irish Masters (6) John Parrott 9–5 [237]
Runner-up 15. 1991 Matchroom League Stephen Hendry Round-robin [255]
Winner 43. 1991 London Masters Stephen Hendry 4–0 [260]
Winner 44. 1991 European Masters League James Wattana Round-robin [261]
Winner 45. 1991 Pot Black (3) Stephen Hendry 2–1 [239]
Winner 46. 1991 Thailand Masters Stephen Hendry 6–3 [256]
Runner-up 16. 1991 European Challenge Jimmy White 1–4 [262]
Runner-up 17. 1991 Scottish Masters Mike Hallett 6–10 [240]
Runner-up 18. 1991 World Matchplay Gary Wilkinson 11–18 [263][264]
Winner 47. 1991 Belgian Challenge Stephen Hendry 10–9 [252]
Runner-up 19. 1992 Matchroom League (2) Stephen Hendry 2–9 [252]
Winner 48. 1992 Indian Masters Steve James 9–6 [252]
Runner-up 20. 1992 World Matchplay (2) James Wattana 4–9 [265]
Winner 49. 1993 Irish Masters (7) Alan McManus 9–4 [237]
Winner 50. 1993 Pot Black (4) Mike Hallett 2–0 [266]
Winner 51. 1994 Irish Masters (8) Alan McManus 9–8 [237]
Runner-up 21. 1996 Guangzhou Masters Tony Drago 2–6 [267]
Runner-up 22. 1996 Irish Masters (2) Darren Morgan 8–9 [237]
Runner-up 23. 1996 European League (3) Ken Doherty 5–10 [252]
Winner 52. 1997 The Masters (3) Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–8 [235]
Winner 53. 1997 China International Jimmy White 7–4 [268]
Winner 54. 1998 Red Bull Super Challenge Stephen Hendry Round-robin [269]
Runner-up 24. 2010 World Seniors Championship Jimmy White 1–4 [102]
Runner-up 25. 2011 World Seniors Championship (2) Darren Morgan 1–2 [105]
Winner 55. 2013 World Seniors Championship Nigel Bond 2–1 [127]
Winner 56. 2018 Seniors Irish Masters Jonathan Bagley 4–0 [270]

Team finals: 12 (10 titles, 2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1981 World Team Classic England Wales 4–3 [271]
Runner-up 1. 1982 World Team Classic England Canada 2–4 [272]
Winner 2. 1982 World Doubles Championship Tony Meo Terry Griffiths
Doug Mountjoy
13–2 [273]
Winner 3. 1983 World Team Classic (2) England Wales 4–2 [274]
Winner 4. 1983 World Doubles Championship (2) Tony Meo Jimmy White
Tony Knowles
10–2 [275]
Runner-up 2. 1985 World Cup (2) England Ireland 7–9 [276][277]
Winner 5. 1985 World Doubles Championship (3) Tony Meo Ray Reardon
Tony Jones
12–5 [278]
Winner 6. 1986 World Doubles Championship (4) Tony Meo Stephen Hendry
Mike Hallett
12–3 [279]
Winner 7. 1988 World Cup (3) England Australia 9–7 [232]
Winner 8. 1989 World Cup (4) England Rest of the World 9–8 [276]
Winner 9. 1991 World Masters Allison Fisher Jimmy White
Caroline Walch
6–3 [280]
Winner 10. 1991 World Mixed Doubles Championship Allison Fisher Stephen Hendry
Stacey Hillyard
5–4 [281]

Pro-am finals: 2 (2 titles)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1978 Pontins Spring Open Tony Meo 7–6 [14]
Winner 2. 1979 Pontins Spring Open Jimmy White 7–4 [14]

  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  3. ^ Players issued an invitational tour card began the season without ranking points.
  4. ^ a b The event ran under different names as Australian Masters (1979/1980 to 1987/1988 and 1995/1996), Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995).
  5. ^ a b The event ran under different name as German Open (1995/1996 to 1997/1998).
  6. ^ The event ran under different name as Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011 to 2012/2013).
  7. ^ a b The event ran under different names as China International (1997/1998 and 1998/1999)
  8. ^ The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  9. ^ a b The event run under different names as Canadian Open (1974/1975 to 1980/1981)
  10. ^ a b The event run under different names as Dubai Masters (1988/1989), Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ a b The event ran under different names such as Asian Open (1989/1990 to 1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994 to 1996/1997).
  12. ^ The event ran under different names such as International Open (1981/1982 to 1984/1985, 1986/1987 to 1996/1997), Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986) and Players Championship (2003/2004).
  13. ^ a b The event ran under different names such as British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982 to 1983/1984).
  14. ^ The event ran under different names such as European Open (1988/1989 to 1996/1997 and 2001/2002 to 2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999).
  15. ^ a b The tournament was known as Northern Ireland Classic (1981/1982)
  16. ^ The event ran under different name as Professional Players Tournament (1982/1983 and 1983/1984), LG Cup (2001/2002 to 2003/2004), Grand Prix (1984/1985 to 2000/2001 and 2004/2005 to 2009/2010), the World Open (2010/2011) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014).
  17. ^ The event ran under different name as Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009 to 2009/2010).
  18. ^ The event ran under different names such as International Open (1981/1982 to 1984/1985, 1986/1987 to 1996/1997), Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986) and Players Championship (2003/2004).
  19. ^ The event was also called the Hong Kong Masters (1983/1984–1988/1989)
  20. ^ The event was also called the Kent Cup (1986/1987–1987/1988 and 1989/1990–1990/1991)
  21. ^ The event ran under a different name as the Charity Challenge (1994/1995–1998/1999)
  22. ^ The event was also called the Professional Snooker League (1983/1984), Matchroom League (1986/1987 to 1991/1992) and the European League (1992/1993 to 1996/1997)
  23. ^ Final decided on an aggregate score over three frames
  24. ^ Final was decided on a three-man round robin basis, the third person was John Dunning.

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