Mark Allen Wins First Home Ranking Title | BetVictor Northern Ireland Open Final

John Higgins

  • Title

    Four-time World Champion
  • Nationality

    Scottish
  • Turned Pro

    1992
  • Highest Tournament Break

    147 - 12 times
  • Location

    Wishaw, Lanarkshire
  • D.O.B

    18 May 1975
  • Money List Earnings

    £411,500
  • Nickname

    The Wizard of Wishaw
Season Stats
  • Frames Played

    81
  • Frames Won

    49
  • Frames Lost

    32
  • Frames Won Percentage

    60.49%
  • Shots Played

    2120
  • Shots Per Frame

    26.17
  • Breaks Over 50

    36
  • 50 Break Rate

    2.25
  • Breaks Over 100

    9
  • 100 Break Rate

    9

Ranking titles: 31
Triple Crown wins: Nine (four World Championship, three UK Championships, one Masters)

Career highlights

1995: Becomes the first teenager to win three ranking titles in a season, and climbs into the world’s top 16
1998: Wins his first World Championship title, beating Ken Doherty 18-12 in the final and becomes world number one
2006: Wins the Masters for the second time, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-9 in one of the all-time great finals
2007: Claims his second Crucible crown with 18-13 victory over Mark Selby
2009: A comfortable 18-9 defeat of Shaun Murphy secures Higgins’ third world title
2011 The Scot becomes World Champion for a fourth time, defeating Judd Trump 18-15
2015: Wins the Welsh Open, Australian Open, and International Championship to take his career tally of ranking titles to 28
2016: Claims back to back wins at the China Championship and Champion of Champions
2017: Reaches the World Championship final for a sixth time and wins the Indian Open
2018: Secures a record-breaking fifth Welsh Open title. Reaches his seventh world final but loses a classic 18-16 against Mark Williams. Makes his ninth 147 on home turf at the Scottish Open.
2019: Reaches an eighth Crucible final but loses it for the third time in a row, beaten 18-9 by Judd Trump. Wins the World Cup alongside Stephen Maguire, beating China B in the final.
2020: Makes tenth 147 of his career and first at the Crucible during a second round defeat to Kurt Maflin.
2021: Reaches the final of the Masters but misses out on a first Triple Crown triumph since 2011 as he loses 10-8 to Yan Bingtao. Wins the Players Championship, his 31st ranking title and first for three years, by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-3 in the final. Having conceded only four frames in the entire tournament, Higgins describes it as the best performance of his career. Reaches the final of the Northern Ireland Open and leads Mark Allen 8-6, only to lose 9-8.