3 Ranking event wins: 2012 Australian Open, 2014 Players Championship Grand Final, 2017 World Grand Prix
The Hawk went on a run to the final of the 2018 Shanghai Masters, downing home favourite Ding Junhui in the last four. However, he was denied the trophy after a 11-9 defeat against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final.
A run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Championship saw the Hawk improve his already impressive Crucible record. It meant that over the previous six years Hawkins had won more matches at the Theatre of Dreams than any other player, including three time winner Mark Selby.
After a difficult first half to the season, Hawkins reached two finals in 2018 at the Welsh Open and the China Open. He was runner-up to John Higgins and Mark Selby respectively.
The Hawk soared to a third ranking title at the 2017 World Grand Prix in Preston. He made an impressive five centuries in the final as he defeated Ryan Day 10-7. A few months later he once again appeared in the one table stages at the World Championship. Hawkins reached his fourth Crucible semi-final, but succumbed to a disappointing 17-8 defeat to John Higgins.
Hawkins had a memorable 2016 World Championship, an event where he has shown incredible consistency down the years. A fantastic last 16 performance saw him beat Ronnie O’Sullivan for the first time at the Crucible and only the second time in his career. The ‘Hawk’ held his nerve in a final frame decider to claim a 13-12 victory. In the quarter-final he mounted a magnificent fightback from 9-1 down against Marco Fu, to move to 12-11 behind. It proved to be a bridge too far though as the Hong Kong man came through.
He started the 2015/16 in the perfect manner with victory at the Riga Open. Hawkins took the crown home thanks to a 4-1 win over Tom Ford in the final.
At the 2015 World Championship Hawkins reached his third consecutive semi-final. He made four centuries during an epic 13-12 quarter-final victory over Neil Robertson. Hawkins faced Shaun Murphy in the last four and suffered a 17-9 defeat.
In April 2014, Hawkins won the Players Championship at the Guild Hall in Preston. It was the second world ranking title of his career and landed him a cheque for £100,000.
At the World Championship he once again made the last four, however he was denied a place in the final by Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Hawkins went one better a year earlier in 2013. He went on a magnificent run to reach the final after a 17-14 win over Ricky Walden in the last four. He lost out in a high quality affair in the final as O’Sullivan claimed a fifth world title after an 18-12 win.
His first ranking event victory came at the 2012 Australian Open. Hawkins recorded a comprehensive 9-3 victory over Peter Ebdon to take the crown.