|Date Of Birth||18/05/1975 (43)|
|Place Of Birth||Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Lives||Wishaw, South Lanarkshire|
|Round 2||Ryan Day||L||5-6||21.97 secs|
30 Ranking event wins including: 4x World Championship (1998,2007, 2009, 2011) 3x UK Championship (1998, 2000, 2015)
1999 Masters, 2006 Masters, 2016 China Championship, 2016 Champion of Champions
The Scot claimed a 30th ranking title with victory at the 2018 Welsh Open. It was a record breaking win for Higgins who has now won five Welsh open crowns, more than anyone else. He sealed the Ray Reardon Trophy with a 9-7 win over Barry Hawkins in the final.
Higgins achieved a landmark moment in 2017. He surpassed boyhood idol Steve Davis’s total number of ranking titles with victory at the Indian Open. The 5-1 defeat of compatriot Anthony McGill saw him pick up his 29th piece of ranking silverware.
The Wizard of Wishaw reached his sixth World Championship final in 2017. Higgins battled through a terrific match with Mark Allen 13-9, before wins over Kyren Wilson and Barry Hawkins booked his place in the showpiece clash. It wasn’t to be for the Scot in the final, who surrendered a 10-4 advantage in losing 18-15 against Mark Selby.
Higgins enjoyed a red hot streak of form towards the end of 2016. In the final of the China Championship, he made three consecutive centuries from 7-7 to see off Stuart Bingham 10-7. He then secured back-to-back wins at the Champion of Champions in Coventry, defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final. A week later in Belfast Higgins racked up his eighth career 147 break during a last 64 clash with Sam Craigie. Later in the season he also won the Championship League.
The Scot had 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 eight 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.