Veteran of the circuit who reached the International Open final in 1996.

 

D.O.B. 12 Jul 1971

 

Lives Liverpool

 

Turned Pro 1990

 

Best Ranking Performance Runner-up - International Open 1996. Won UKPTC3 in 2012

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £88,294

  

Highest Tournament Break 143 - World Championship (Qrd) 2003

 

Lawler reached his first ranking event semi-final in 18 years at the 2014 German Masters in Berlin. He won five matches, the last of them a 5-4 defeat of Mark Davis in the quarter-finals. "I'm just lost for words as it's a massive win for me," said Lawler, who was then denied a place in the final by Judd Trump, losing 6-1.

 

The Merseysider also got to the last 32 of the International Championship and Indian Open during an impressive 2013/14 season, and climbed to 39th in the world rankings.

 

After 22 years of trying, Lawler won a professional tournament for the first time at UKPTC3 in 2012. He beat the likes of Stuart Bingham and Stephen Lee to reach the final in Gloucester then saw off Marco Fu 4-2 in the final to take the trophy.

 

"I'm so proud to win a tournament carrying ranking points for the first time," he said Lawler. "I am playing the best snooker of my life and if I keep this up I'm a handful for anyone. I'd love to qualify for a few of the big venues."

 

Lawler dropped off the main tour at the end of the 2011/12 season, but bounced straight back by coming through Q School in May 2012. He kept his long stint on the tour going by beating Joe Delaney 4-0 in the last round of the third and final event.

 

"If I had dropped off the tour I would have had to get a real job!  I'm under no illusions about my place in the game as it is much tougher than it has ever been before. But I still really enjoy the competitive side of it which is why I want to keep playing," he said. 

 

Lawler reached the final of the International Open in 1996, beating Stephen Hendry 5-2 in the second round and winning six matches in all before John Higgins ended his title dream with a 9-3 victory.

 

He claimed two notable scalps in the 1995 World Championship, defeating 1985 champion Dennis Taylor 10-5 in the final qualifying round and then shocking 1991 winner John Parrott 10-6 in the first round proper at Sheffield.