Five-time ranking event winner from Wiltshire

 

D.O.B. 12 Oct 1974

 

Lives Trowbridge, Wiltshire

 

Turned Pro 1992

 

Ranking Tournament Victories 5 - Grand Prix 1998; LG Cup 2001; Scottish Open 2002; Welsh Open 2006, PTC Grand Finals 2012 

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £204,154

 

Highest Tournament Break 145 - Northern Ireland Trophy 2008

 

At the time of writing (June 13th, 2013), Stephen Lee is suspended from the World Snooker Tour, pending a WPBSA disciplinary inquiry.

 

For a two-month spell towards the end of the 2011/12 season, Lee was the best player in the world. That purple patch saw him win his first ranking title in six years, and climb into the world's top eight.

 

He hit form at the German Masters in February with a run to the semi-finals, before being stopped by Ronnie O'Sullivan. Later that month, Lee went one better at the Haikou World Open in China, beating former World Champions Graeme Dott and Neil Robertson to reach the final, though he was on the wrong end of a 10-1 scoreline against Mark Allen.

 

However, he didn't have to wait long to make up for that disappointment, as in March he won the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway, knocking out the likes of Martin Gould and Mark Selby to reach the final before white-washing Robertson 4-0.

 

"It's a cracking feeling, it makes all the hard work and travelling worthwhile," said a delighted Lee.

 

The previous season had seen Lee win one of the short PTC events, beating Maguire 4-2 in the final of EPTC4 in Gloucester. That helped him climb back into the top 16 after a four-year absence.

 

Lee enjoyed a superb run in the 2008 Masters, where he reached the final for the first time. Victories over Graeme Dott, Peter Ebdon and Marco Fu set up a final clash with Mark Selby, but that did not go to plan for the Wonder of Wiltshire as he fell 10-3.

 

Lee's trophy cabinet required a welcome reshuffle in March 2006 as he won his first piece of major silverware for almost four years.

 

He beat Drew Henry, Mark Selby, Graeme Dott and Anthony Hamilton to reach the Welsh Open final - then produced an impressive performance to record a 9-4 victory over Shaun Murphy.

 

The best season of his career was 2001/02 when he won more ranking points than any other player. He was victorious at the inaugural LG Cup at the Guild Hall in Preston, beating Peter Ebdon 9-4 in the final, as well as the Scottish Open in Aberdeen when he beat David Gray 9-2.

 

Lee's first ranking title also came at the Guild Hall - that was the 1998 Grand Prix secured with a 9-2 defeat of Marco Fu.

 

He holds the record for the most consecutive frames won in rankings events - he notched up 33 on the spin during qualifying events in Blackpool in 1992.

 

He married long-term partner Laura in the summer of 2005 in Florida and is the proud father of four children including twin boys Ronnie and Alfie.