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Shaun Murphy

NameDate of Birth Country
Shaun Murphy10-08-1982England

Career

Murphy began his career on the UK Tour in 1998 (renamed the Challenge Tour in 2000), at the time the second-level professional tour.He was runner-up in the fourth event on the UK tour for the 1997/1998 season and, for the 2000/2001 season, won the third and fourth events on the Challenge Tour, topping the Order of Merit rankings.

Murphy won two qualifying matches to qualify for the 2005 World Championship. He defeated former world champions Higgins 13–8, Davis 13–4, and Peter Ebdon 17–12 to reach the final to face Matthew Stevens, the world number six.He trailed Stevens 6–10 at the end of the first day (the World Championship final is played over two days),but made a comeback to bring the score to 16–16. He then made two frame-winning breaks to lift the title.His 11 century breaks were the most in that year's tournament.

2013/2014

Murphy's 2013/2014 season began with a shock 1–5 defeat by Alex Davies in the qualifying round of the 2013 Wuxi Classic.The tournament was the first to use a new format that required top-16 players to compete in qualifiers.

2014/2015

In October 2014, he won the Bulgarian Open defeating Martin Gould 4–2 in the final.Two weeks later he reached the final of the General Cup but lost 6–7 against Ali Carter.In November, he won the Ruhr Open beating Robert Milkins 4–0 in the final. In the second frame of the final he achieved the fourth maximum break of his career after missing out on the maximum on two previous occasions during that day, in matches against Joe Swail where Murphy made a break of 129 before missing the blue ball and in a match against Mark Williams with the break ending on the green ball and thus 122.In 2014, Shaun Murphy became the first player to make three maximums in a calendar year.

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