English Open 2017

Player Details

John Higgins

D.O.B. 18 May 1975

 

Lives Wishaw, Lanarkshire

 

Turned Pro 1992

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - seven times

  • 28 Ranking event wins including: 4x World Championships (1998,2007, 2009, 2011) 3x UK Championships (1998, 2000, 2015)
  • 1999 Masters, 2006 Masters
  • Higgins enjoyed a successful 2015/16 campaign, which saw him to become Player of the Season at the World Snooker Awards. He got off to a perfect start, beating Martin Gould in the final of the Australian Open to seal his 27th ranking crown. His best performance of the season came at the 2015 International Championship, where he defeated the likes of Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby before a 10-4 win over Dave Gilbert in a high quality final.
  • His match with Neil Robertson in the Quarter-final of the UK Championships was one of the games of the season. Higgins made three centuries, but succumbed to a 6-5 defeat.
  • At the 2015 Welsh Open in Cardiff, he knocked out the likes of Stephen Maguire and Luca Brecel, before an emphatic 9-3 defeat of Ben Woollaston gave Higgins the top prize.
  • A remarkable performance at the 2015 Shanghai Masters earned Higgins his 25th ranking title. He trailed Judd Trump 7-2, before mounting a comeback to win 10-9, making a 147 along the way.
  • The 2010/11 season saw Higgins capture two of snooker’s big three titles. At the UK Championship, he beat Mark Williams 10-9 in an incredible final, having trailed 9-5 at one stage. He went on to win the World Championship at the Crucible. Inspired by an extraordinary atmosphere he beat Judd Trump 18-15 in the final.
  • The first of Higgins’ Masters titles came in 2006. He faced Ronnie O’Sullivan in a thrilling final. At 9-9 Higgins produced a nerveless counter clearance of 64 to claim a famous 10-9 win.
  • He won the first of his four world titles in 1998 when he beat Ken Doherty 18-12 in the final. His second came nine years later as he got the better of Mark Selby to become 2007 World Champion. In 2009 he got his third, beating Jamie Cope, Mark Selby and Mark Allen, before a comprehensive 18-9 win over Shaun Murphy saw him claim the title.
  • Higgins has made seven competitive 147 breaks, including two in consecutive matches- one in the 2003 LG Cup final and the next in the first round of the subsequent British Open.
  • The Scot has appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, showing off his knowledge of the TV soap Dallas, as well as winning £30,000 for charity on All Star Mr And Mrs.