John Higgins Player Profile
|DOB: 18 May, 1975||Nationality: Scotland||First Turned Pro: 1992|
|Highest Ranking: 1||Ranking Titles: 31||147 Breaks: 12|
SHQ Stars: ★★★★★★★
John Higgins may not be the best player of all time, but he is certainly in the conversation.
A competitor with arguably the greatest set of all-round attributes in the game’s history and one of its fiercest competitors, the Scot has achieved everything there is to offer.
Higgins first turned professional in 1992 – the same year as contemporaries Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams in what would ultimately become known as the fabled ‘Class of ’92’.
Among the triumvirate, the Wizard of Wishaw was the first to mark a number of important milestones – notably winning the World Championship and becoming the new world number one in 1998.
And unlike O’Sullivan and Williams, Higgins has never dropped outside the world’s top 16 since he first entered the elite bracket all the way back in 1995 – in fact, rarely placing outside the top eight.
Higgins secured additional world titles in 2007, 2009, and 2011, and he boasts a brace of Masters crowns and three UK Championship titles.
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The third of his those UK Championship victories occurred at the end of a turbulent 2010, when he was given a six-month ban for bringing the sport into disrepute during an alleged match-fixing sting.
That sorry affair has tarnished his reputation with many fans, but there’s no questioning his stature within the sport overall.
Higgins has continued to thrive well into his 40s, reaching three successive World Championship finals between 2017 and 2019.
Ranking Event Victories
- 1994 Grand Prix
- 1995 International Open
- 1995 British Open
- 1995 German Open
- 1996 International Open
- 1997 European Open
- 1997 German Open
- 1998 British Open
- 1998 World Snooker Championship
- 1998 UK Championship
- 1999 Grand Prix
- 1999 China International
- 2000 Welsh Open
- 2000 UK Championship
- 2001 British Open
- 2004 British Open
- 2005 Grand Prix
- 2007 World Snooker Championship
- 2008 Grand Prix
- 2009 World Snooker Championship
- 2010 Welsh Open
- 2010 UK Championship
- 2011 Welsh Open
- 2011 World Snooker Championship
- 2012 Shanghai Masters
- 2015 Welsh Open
- 2015 Australian Open
- 2015 International Championship
- 2017 Indian Open
- 2018 Welsh Open
- 2021 Players Championship
Other Notable Victories
- The Masters (1999, 2006)
- Champion of Champions (2016)
- Charity Challenge/Champions Cup (1998, 1999, 2001)
- Irish Masters (2000, 2002)
- Scottish Masters (2001)
- China Championship (2016)
- Premier League (1999)
- Championship League (2017, 2018, 2022)
- World Cup (1996, 2019)
- Nations Cup (2001)
- Minor ranking events (2010 Ruhr Championship, 2012 Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy, 2013 Bulgarian Open)
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John Higgins Player Profile
SHQ Stars: How it works
|Rating||SHQ Stars||Career Requirements|
|Black||★★★★★★★||multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)|
|Pink||★★★★★★||world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)|
|Blue||★★★★★||winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)|
|Brown||★★★★||2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)|
|Green||★★★||ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)|
|Yellow||★★||member of top 64|