Today is the 14th anniversary of Shaun Murphy’s debut as a professional snooker player which was just a few weeks before his 16th birthday, Shaun’s debut match was in the first qualifying round of the Grand Prix at Plymouth pavilions, he lost to Dermot McGlinchey 5-2.
Amazingly Shaun’s first major ranking title win was The Embassy World Snooker Championships in 2005 where he beat 3 former World Champions in the run to the final (Peter Ebdon, John Higgins & Steve Davis) where me played Welsh snooker player Matthew Stevens, he won the final 18-16 which he was initially trailing 6-10.
Other major title Wins for Murphy include the Malta Cup, The UK Championships, The Players Tour Championship, The Wuxi Classic and most recently the Brazilian Masters.
They are Shaun “What has been your best moment so far as a professional snooker player?”
So far, I’d have to say winning the world Championships seven years ago. There’s been many good moments but my best is definitely that one.
We also asked Shaun out of all the titles he has not yet achieved which would be the one he would like to win the most.
Well I’m yet to win The Masters so I’d like to add that to my collection and joining a very small group of players to have won all three majors. After that, I always give 100% in every event I enter.
The video below highlights Shaun’s title wins over the past 14years.
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After fighting with my computer all day to render a simple video of Shaun’s career wins and it fast approaching midnight I have published this article for now and will post up the video once it is ready.
Shaun a devout Christian since his late teens donates 10% of his winnings to the church, he helps The Paul Hunter Foundation and has even participated with aid work in Zimbabwe. Here is a article about Shaun helping out in prison and he has even coached football players.
There is not much wrong in Murphy’s game, he has focus, dedication and even Steve Davis has been quoted saying “He has the best cue action I’ve ever seen” if you were writing a coaching manual on how to play the game you could base it on Murphy’s style but when things are going wrong it is quite present in his demeanour around the table and a match win for his opponent can be called very early on when this happens.
Murphy’s best Snooker has been played over the past 5 years and this has shown in the number of finals he has appeared in, in all it has been a productive 14 year career which any professional player would be proud of, let us hope that he has another great 14 years ahead, I for one love watching Shaun play, he gets on with the game, plays to the book and is a true master of the sport.