2002: Shows his potential by defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Scottish Open
2005: Reaches his first ranking event semi-final at the Grand Prix
2006: Beats Ding Junhui to qualify for the Crucible, and climbs into the top 16 for the first time
2012: Wins his first televised tournament at the one-frame Shoot Out. Lands his maiden ranking title at the Australian Open, beating Peter Ebdon in the final in Bendigo.
2013: Goes on a tremendous run to the final at the Crucible before losing 18-12 to Ronnie O’Sullivan
2015: Wins the Players Championship Grand Final, defeating Gerard Greene 4-0
2016: Reaches the final of the Masters for the first time as well as making the final of the Northern Ireland Open
2017: Wins his third ranking title at the World Grand Prix in Preston, beating Ryan Day 10-7 as he makes five centuries in a high quality final
2018: Reaches the final at both the Welsh Open and the China Open, as well as the one-table situation at the Crucible for the fifth time. Runner-up at the Shanghai Masters.
2019: Semi-finalist at the World Grand Prix