Ranking titles: 23 Triple Crown wins: Four (one World Championship, one UK Championship, two Masters)
2004: Becomes the youngest player to make a competitive 147, aged just 14 (the record has since been broken)
2007: Becomes (at the time) the third-youngest player to compete at the Crucible, after Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan
2011: Wins the China Open, his first ranking title, and then his first Triple Crown title at UK Championship, playing what he describes as “naughty snooker.” Reaches the World Championship final before losing to John Higgins.
2012: Claims the International Championship and becomes world number one for the first time
2014: Wins the Australian Open
2015: Adds the World Grand Prix to his growing collection of titles
2016: Wins the China Open for the second time and claims the European Masters title
2017: Wins the European Masters and Players Championship
2018: Lands the Northern Ireland Open crown with a superb 9-7 win over Ronnie O’Sullivan
2019: Lifts the Masters trophy for the first time, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 in the final. Wins the World Grand Prix. Wins the Betfred World Championship for the first time, beating John Higgins 18-9 in the final. Makes a record seven centuries in the final, a performance described by Steve Davis as “the controlled annihilation of a great player.” Earns £500,000, the biggest prize in snooker history. Becomes the first player to win more than £1 million in a single season. Completes the Triple Crown (having previously won the UK Championship and the Masters). Wins the International Championship in China, thrashing Shaun Murphy 10-3 in the final. Takes over from O’Sullivan as world number one. Beats Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10-5 in the final of the Yushan World Open. Wins the Northern Ireland Open, beating O’Sullivan 9-7 in the final for the second consecutive year.
2020: Wins the German Masters for the first time, beating Neil Robertson 9-6 in the final. Wins the Players Championship with a 10-4 defeat of Yan Bingtao. Wins the Gibraltar Open with a 4-3 defeat of Kyren Wilson in the final. That makes him the first player to win six ranking titles in a single season. Wins the English Open with a thrilling 9-8 defeat of Neil Robertson. Wins the Northern Ireland Open for the third consecutive year, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-7. Wins the World Grand Prix with a 10-7 final defeat of Jack Lisowski to reach a landmark 20 ranking titles.
2021: Beats Jack Lisowski 9-2 in the final of the German Masters. Beats Lisowski again, this time 4-0, in the final of the Gibraltar Open to win his 22nd ranking title. Ends the 20/21 season having won five ranking titles during the campaign. Wins the Champion of Champions, beating John Higgins 10-4 in the final.
2022: Wins the 23rd ranking crown of his career, beating Matthew Selt 10-4 in the final of the inaugural Nirvana Turkish Masters in Antalya, and makes a 147 in the final. Reaches the final of the World Championship for the third time but loses 18-13 to Ronnie O’Sullivan. Makes a 147 in the final of the Champion of Champions, but loses 10-6 to O’Sullivan. Makes his third 147 of the year at the Scottish Open.
2023: Joins an elite group of just ten other players to have won the Masters more than once, by beating Mark Williams 10-8 in an epic final at Alexandra Palace. It’s his fourth Triple Crown title. Reaches the final of the World Grand Prix before losing 10-9 to Mark Allen. Runner-up to Barry Hawkins at the European Masters.