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Doug Mountjoy – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

Doug Mountjoy Player Profile

Doug Mountjoy Stats
Date of birth: 8 June, 1942
Nationality: Wales
First turned professional: 1976
Highest ranking: 5
Ranking titles: 2
Triple Crown titles: 3
Crucible best: runner-up
Masters appearances: 14
147 breaks: 0

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A former coal miner, Doug Mountjoy turned professional in 1976 on the back of a terrific year in amateur snooker.

The Welshman captured both the Welsh and IBSF World Amateur Championships before subsequently joining the main tour at the age of 34.

He was invited to compete at the 1977 Masters, only the third staging of what would become a prestigious tournament on the calendar.

Mountjoy beat former world champions John Pulman, Fred Davis, Alex Higgins, and Ray Reardon to sensationally claim the title at his first attempt.

Back-to-back appearances in UK Championship title deciders followed, losing the inaugural final to Patsy Fagan in 1977 but beating David Taylor a year later to etch his name onto the trophy.

With other triumphs in events like Pot Black and the Irish Masters during this period, Mountjoy had quickly established himself as a regular contender.


In 1981, he reached the final of the World Snooker Championship but missed out on global glory to an up-and-coming youngster by the name of Steve Davis.

The disadvantages of turning professional so late appeared to then catch up with Mountjoy, as his form suffered throughout much of the 1980s.

By the 1988/89 campaign he had dropped out of the top 16 in the rankings, but a remarkable renaissance occurred at the twilight of his career.

Mountjoy rolled back the years and reached the final of the UK Championship – by now upgraded to a ranking tournament – and duly ousted Stephen Hendry to lift the title for a second time at the age of 46.

Two months later, he quickly added a second ranking crown to his tally with success in the Classic.

These performances helped Mountjoy shoot back up the rankings, achieving a career-high position of number five in the world.

Suffering from illness as he entered his 50s, Mountjoy eventually retired from the game in 1997 and became a coach.

The former World Challenge Cup champion died from a stroke in 2021 at the age of 78.

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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 1988 UK Championship
  2. 1989 Classic

Other Notable Victories

  • Masters (1977)
  • UK Championship (1978)
  • Irish Masters (1979)
  • Pot Black (1978, 1985)
  • Champion of Champions (1980)
  • Pontins Professional (1979, 1983)
  • Hong Kong Masters (1983)
  • World Challenge Cup (1979, 1980)

Doug Mountjoy 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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