Jamie Clarke (snooker player)
|Born||5 October 1994|
|Nickname||2nd Best Golfer|
|Highest ranking||76 (August–September 2020)|
|80 (as of 4 May 2021)|
2020 World Championship
|Best ranking finish||Semi-finals (2019 Snooker Shoot Out)|
Clarke drew attention in 2014 when he defeated former world number 8 Darren Morgan in 6–0 whitewash in the semi-finals of the Welsh Amateur Championship before going on to defeat Lee Walker to capture the highest ranking and most prestigious amateur event in Wales. In 2015 Clarke entered several events in an attempt to qualify for the World Snooker Tour and narrowly missed out by losing in the final of tournaments on 3 occasions. In April, Clarke lost 3–4 in a final-frame decider to Martin O'Donnell in the final round of the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-off. Clarke would go on to enter Q School in May 2015, but would be unable to advance further than the third round. In June 2015, Clarke qualified for the knockout stage of EBSA European Snooker Championship as the 19th seed where he lost 4–7 to Michael Wild in the final.
The following month at the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship Clarke once again reached the tournament final before losing 7–8 in the deciding frame to Boonyarit Keattikun. In February 2016, Clarke once again reached the final of the EBSA European Snooker Championship as the number 1 seed, however he was once again defeated 4–7 losing to fellow countryman Jak Jones. Two months later Clarke again lost a final-frame decider 3–4 to Elliot Slessor in the final round of the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-off. This was Clarke's fifth defeat in the final round of a World Snooker Tour. Clarke was finally able to gain professional status at the sixth attempt, in the EBSA Tour Qualifying Play-offs, thanks to victories over former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks and English amateur George Pragnall.
He qualified for the first time for the 2020 World Snooker Championship, defeating Mark Allen 10–8 in the first round despite Allen scoring 5 centuries. Clarke was involved in a controversial incident during his second round match against Anthony McGill. Clarke was leading 7–2 when McGill complained to him directly that he had stood in his eyeline on several different occasions during the match while he was getting down on a shot. Referee Jan Verhaas intervened but it seemed to unsettle Clarke after he won the frame. During the interval he tweeted 'You want to dance, let's dance.' McGill won the remaining five frames of the session to trail 7–8. Ultimately the match went to a decider; Clarke was in first during the deciding frame before failing to escape from a snooker, and leaving a free ball. This was enough for McGill to win the match and see Clarke lose 12–13.
Clarke's campaign at the 2021 World Snooker Championship ended in a similar fashion. In the last qualifying round, he led Mark Davis 7-2 after the first session before Davis won seven frames on a spin in the second session, with Clarke eventually losing 8-10.
Performance and rankings timeline
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||A||1R||LQ||LQ||3R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||A||A||1R||1R||3R|
|Championship League||Non-Ranking Event||2R|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||A||1R||1R||1R||1R|
|Scottish Open||Tournament Not Held||A||A||1R||1R||2R|
|World Grand Prix||NH||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Not Held||MR||1R||3R||3R||2R||4R|
|WST Pro Series||Tournament Not Held||RR|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship||A||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||NH|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Australian Goldfields Open||LQ||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic||A||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||LQ||1R||1R||NR||NH|
|Indian Open||A||LQ||NH||A||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|China Open||A||LQ||A||A||A||1R||Not Held|
|China Championship||Minor-Ranking Event||NR||A||LQ||LQ||NH|
|World Open||A||Not Held||A||A||LQ||LQ||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players who qualified via a World Championship Wildcard start without ranking points.
- The event was called the Haikou World Open (2013/2014)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Haikou World Open (2013/2014)
Amateur finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2010||Junior Pot Black||Tom Rees||1–0|
|Winner||2.||2014||Welsh Amateur Championship||Lee Walker||8–6|
|Runner-up||1.||2015||European Snooker Championship||Michael Wild||4–7|
|Runner-up||2.||2015||World Under-21 Snooker Championship||Boonyarit Keattikun||7–8|
|Runner-up||3.||2016||European Snooker Championship||Jak Jones||4–7|
Team finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Team/partner||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2014||World Mixed Doubles Championship||Wendy Jans|| Ben Woollaston
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- "PRAGUE'S GONE WILD". European Billiards & Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- "JAK JONES IS THE NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION". European Billiards & Snooker Association. 21 February 2016. Archived from the original on 6 July 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "McGill Beats Clarke In Crucible Epic". World Snooker. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 14 May 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- "Northern Snooker Centre Eden World Ladies Snooker and Billiards Championships 2014". wlbsa.com. World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association. 18 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.