Shaun Murphy player profile
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Shaun Murphy – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

Shaun Murphy Player Profile

Shaun Murphy Stats
Date of birth: 10 August, 1982
Nationality: England
First turned professional: 1998
Highest ranking: 3
Ranking titles: 12
Triple Crown titles: 3
Crucible best: champion
Masters appearances: 20
147 breaks: 8

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Shaun Murphy first turned professional in 1998 at the age of just 15, and it understandably took him several years to settle.

However, when he eventually did announce himself as a big-time competitor, he chose the best possible place to do it.

At the 2005 World Championship, Murphy emerged from two qualifying rounds to qualify for the Crucible for the third time.

What ensued was one of the most memorable Sheffield runs in history, as a fearless 22 year-old powered his way through to the final.

Just as he had been throughout the event, Murphy started the title decider as an underdog but fought back from 10-6 down to pip Matthew Stevens in a thrilling 18-16 final.

Rarely short of self-made confidence built from a difficult childhood, Murphy used his newly acquired status to become an outspoken figure on a range of issues.

While the Magician was never quite able to match the achievements of the very best players in the world on a consistent basis, Murphy has landed several more notable titles throughout a stellar career.

UK Championship glory in 2008 was followed over six years years later by a Masters victory that completed the career Triple Crown set.


One of his best wins came at the 2017 Champion of Champions when he denied Ronnie O’Sullivan the prestigious silverware in Coventry.

Perhaps the Englishman’s biggest regret will be not adding to his sole World Championship success, missing out on a second glory at the 2009, 2015, and 2021 finals.

But Murphy, who has reached a high of number three in the world rankings, has accumulated eleven ranking titles in total, taking him into the top ten on the all-time winners list.

He enjoyed a purple patch in 2023 when, after finishing runner-up in the Welsh Open, he triumphed in both the Players and Tour Championships before adding another glory at Championship League Snooker.

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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 2005 World Snooker Championship
  2. 2007 Malta Cup
  3. 2008 UK Championship
  4. 2011 PTC Grand Finals
  5. 2014 World Open
  6. 2016 World Grand Prix
  7. 2017 Gibraltar Open
  8. 2019 China Open
  9. 2020 Welsh Open
  10. 2023 Players Championship
  11. 2023 Tour Championship
  12. 2023 Championship League Snooker

Other Notable Victories

  • The Masters (2015)
  • Champion of Champions (2017)
  • Premier League (2009)
  • Wuxi Classic (2010)
  • Malta Cup (2008)
  • Minor ranking events (2010 Brugge Open, 2014 Gdynia Open, 2014 Bulgarian Open, 2014 Ruhr Open)

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Shaun Murphy 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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