Four time Crucible King

 

D.O.B. 18 May 1975

 

Lives Wishaw, Lanarkshire

 

Turned Pro 1992

 

Ranking Tournament Victories 25 - Grand Prix 1994, 1999, 2005, 2008; International 1995, 1996; British Open 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004; German Open 1995, 1997; European Open 1997; World Snooker Championship 1998, 2007, 2009, 2011; UK Championship 1998, 2000, 2010; China International 1999; Welsh Open 2000, 2010, 2011; Shanghai Masters 2012

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £284,959



Highest Tournament Break 147 - seven times

 

The 2013/14 season started in very promising fashion for Higgins as he won the Bulgarian Open European Tour event in Sofia, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-2 in the semi-finals and Neil Robertson 4-1 in the final. He went on to reach the final of the first ranking event of the campaign, the Wuxi Classic in China, before losing 10-7 to Robertson.

 

However the rest of the campaign brought little joy for Higgins. He did reach three consecutive ranking event quarter-finals, at the Welsh Open, World Open and Players Championship, but at the World Championship he suffered a 10-7 first round defeat against Alan McManus.

 

"It's been a bad season but I'm a lot happier compared to last year," insisted Higgins. "I think I'm playing better - that's a crumb of comfort I can take. I feel as if there's something there that I can work on. There's been times when I've been sat here desolate, but I still think there's some decent snooker left in me. I'm not one of the top players that's challenging for events, I'm possibly a journeyman top 16 player now. The journeymen can have their day sometimes."

 

Higgins won his 25th and most recent ranking title at the 2012 Shanghai Masters. He played brilliantly to come from 7-2 down and beat Judd Trump 10-9 in the final - also making a 147.

 


"To beat Judd from 7-2 down is unbelievable, I can't explain how it feels because I'm shell-shocked," said Higgins. "It must be one of my best wins ever."

 

The 2010/11 season had seen Higgins capture the two biggest ranking titles in snooker.

 

At the UK Championship, he beat Mark Williams 10-9 in an incredible final, having trailed 9-5 at one stage. And he went on to win the World Championship at the Crucible. Inspired by an extraordinary atmosphere, he beat Judd Trump 18-15 in the final.

 

"I want to get to seven world titles now, because I've won three in the last five years," said ambitious Higgins. "I've rededicated myself in recent years and I want to keep winning it."

 

Higgins won his first World title in 1998 when he beat Ken Doherty 18-12 in the final, and his second in 2007 when he got the better of Mark Selby 18-13. His third came in 2009 when he beat the cream of the crop of snooker's emerging talent, knocking out Jamie Cope, Selby and Mark Allen before beating Shaun Murphy 18-9 in the final.

 

"To come through the matches with the standard put up by Cope, Selby and Allen, three of the best young players we have in the game, and to fight fire with fire when they played really well, to come through that gave me an enormous boost of confidence coming into the final," he said.

 

With a superb tactical game to go alongside his break-building class, he is considered alongside Steve Davis as the best all-round players of the modern era.

 

Higgins has won the Masters twice. In the thrilling 2006 Masters final at Wembley he faced Ronnie O'Sullivan. Tied at 9-9, O'Sullivan opened the deciding frame with a break of 60 only for Higgins to clear the table with a brilliant 64 which included several do-or-die pots. "This win will stay with me for the rest of my days," he said.

 

Higgins has made seven competitive 147 breaks, including two in consecutive matches - one in the 2003 LG Cup final and the next in the first round of the subsequent British Open.

 

His hobbies include watching football and playing golf. He enjoys gourmet food and cooking and appeared alongside Shaun Murphy on BBC show Ready Steady Cook.

 

He has also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, showing off his knowledge of the TV soap Dallas, as well as winning £30,000 for charity on All Star Mr And Mrs.

 

He and wife Denise have young sons called Pierce and Oliver and a daughter called Claudia.