John Higgins Player Profile
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John Higgins – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

John Higgins Player Profile

John Higgins Stats
Date of birth: 18 May, 1975
Nationality: Scotland
First turned professional: 1992
Highest ranking: 1
Ranking titles: 31
Triple Crown titles: 9
Crucible best: champion (4 times)
Masters appearances: 28
147 breaks: 12

SHQ Stars:

★★★★★★★


Summary

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.


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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 1994 Grand Prix
  2. 1995 International Open
  3. 1995 British Open
  4. 1995 German Open
  5. 1996 International Open
  6. 1997 European Open
  7. 1997 German Open
  8. 1998 British Open
  9. 1998 World Snooker Championship
  10. 1998 UK Championship
  11. 1999 Grand Prix
  12. 1999 China International
  13. 2000 Welsh Open
  14. 2000 UK Championship
  15. 2001 British Open
  16. 2004 British Open
  17. 2005 Grand Prix
  18. 2007 World Snooker Championship
  19. 2008 Grand Prix
  20. 2009 World Snooker Championship
  21. 2010 Welsh Open
  22. 2010 UK Championship
  23. 2011 Welsh Open
  24. 2011 World Snooker Championship
  25. 2012 Shanghai Masters
  26. 2015 Welsh Open
  27. 2015 Australian Open
  28. 2015 International Championship
  29. 2017 Indian Open
  30. 2018 Welsh Open
  31. 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

RatingSHQ StarsCareer 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
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