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

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £48,423

  

Highest Tournament Break 143 - World Championship (Qrd) 2003

 

After 22 years of trying, Rod 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."

He also reached the last 16 of the 2012 Wuxi Classic, beating Stephen Maguire 5-4 at the venue before losing by the same scoreline to Graeme Dott. And an excellent season saw Lawler reach the last 16 of the PTC Grand Finals as well as the final qualifying round of the World Championship.

 

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.

 

Liverpool's Lawler lost 4-3 to Ian Burns in the final round of the first event but bounced back successfully. "It was very tough to pick myself up after losing in the first event," said Lawler. "Before the third one I went home for a couple of days to practise with John Whitty and if it wasn't for him I don't think I would have made it through.

 

"If I had dropped off the tour I would have had to get a real job! Even now I will have to look for part time work. 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."

 

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.