Stephen Lee Player Profile
Stephen Lee Stats Date of birth: 12 October, 1974 Nationality: England First turned professional: 1992 Highest ranking: 5 Ranking titles: 5 Triple Crown titles: 0 Crucible best: semi-final Masters appearances: 12 147 breaks: 0
The Class of ’92 usually revolves around Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, and Mark Williams, but Stephen Lee was also a notable graduate to the main tour that year.
The Englishman turned professional on the back of his success in the 1992 English Amateur Championship.
Often associated with boasting the most naturally gifted cue action in the game, Lee won his maiden ranking title in 1998 with victory in the Grand Prix.
By the turn of the century, he was a major force in the game but couldn’t quite break into the highest echelons alongside the likes of his three contemporaries from 1992.
In 2003, Lee made his sole appearance at the single table setup of the World Championship, losing his semi-final tie to Williams 17-8.
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Successes around this period included a second triumph in the Grand Prix – known as the LG Cup in 2001 – and victories in both the Scottish and Welsh Opens.
These performances helped Lee reach a career-high of number five in the official world rankings.
But despite reaching a Masters final in 2008 where he lost to Mark Selby, the Trowbridge potter suffered from inconsistency.
Lee dropped outside the top 16 in the same year, and as it transpired it was around this time that his career spiralled out of control in more ways than one.
During the 2011/12 campaign with an influx of new tournaments established on the calendar, Lee’s form returned and he regularly featured at the business end of competitions – winning the PTC Grand Finals in Galway.
But at the end of 2012 Lee was suspended, and following a high-profile investigation he was deemed to be guilty of influencing the outcome of seven matches in 2008 and 2009.
The 12-year ban he received is the longest ever handed out, and he won’t be eligible to return until his 50th birthday in 2024.
Ranking Event Victories
- 1998 Grand Prix
- 2001 LG Cup
- 2002 Scottish Open
- 2006 Welsh Open
- 2012 PTC Grand Finals
Other Notable Victories
- Minor ranking events (2010 MIUS Cup, 2012 Asian PTC 2)
- General Cup (2011)
- Nations Cup (2000)
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Stephen Lee 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|