Paul Davison


Paul S. Davison (born 1 October 1971) is an English former professional snooker player from Pickering, North Yorkshire. First earning a place on the World Snooker Tour in 1992, he played on the tour until 1997, and has since regained his place on the Tour on three further occasions, most recently in the 2018-19 snooker season. Davison reached a peak of 70th in the world snooker rankings in 2012, and the farthest into a ranking tournament at the 2017 Riga Masters. He has made a total of 76 professional century breaks, the highest being a 144 made in qualifying for the 2001 World Snooker Championship.

Paul Davison
Born (1971-10-01) 1 October 1971 (age 49)
Pickering, North Yorkshire, England
Sport country England
NicknameSnowy
Professional1992–1997, 1998/1999, 2001–2003, 2004/2005, 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2010–2014, 2015–2019
Highest ranking70 (November–December 2012)
Career winnings£153,217
Highest break144:
2001 World Championship (qualifying)
Century breaks78
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2017 Riga Masters)

Career


Early career

In the 2009–10 season he finished third in the PIOS rankings, and thus retained his place on the 2010/2011 professional Main Tour.[1] He came through three qualification matches, concluding with a narrow 5–4 victory over Dominic Dale, to progress to the wildcard round of the 2012 German Masters.[2] He beat Pole Krzysztof Wróbel 5–2 to reach the main stage of a ranking event for the first time, drawing reigning UK Champion Judd Trump and was soundly beaten 1–5 in only 75 minutes.[3]

The run earned him valuable ranking points as he continued to strive towards his goal of getting into the top 64 in the world to ensure his place on the tour for next season.[2] However, he did not win another match in the remainder of the season and finished it ranked world number 81, meaning he had to enter Q School to have a chance of playing in the 2012–13 season.[4] In May, Davison won five matches at the second Q School event, concluding with a 4–2 win over Gareth Allen to earn a place on the tour for the next two years.[5]

2012/2013 season

Davison almost qualified for the 2012 International Championship, the fourth ranking event of the 2012/2013 season. He saw off Fraser Patrick, Peter Lines and Ben Woollaston, but then lost 3–6 to Dominic Dale in the final round.[6] Davison had a consistent year in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship Events, with his best result coming in the third European Tour Event, where he beat Ricky Norris, Joel Walker and Chris Norbury, before losing to world number one Mark Selby 3–4 in the last 16.[6] He reached the last 32 on two other occasions which helped Davison finish 48th on the PTC Order of Merit.[7] Davison's season ended when he lost 7–10 to Alfie Burden in the second round of World Championship Qualifying, which saw him end the year ranked world number 75.[8][9]

Paul Davison at 2014 German Masters

2013/2014 season

In the qualifiers for the Australian Goldfields Open Davison won his first match of the season 5–4 against Andrew Norman, making a 141 break during the match.[10] Further wins over Peter Lines and Mark King followed to see Davison into the main draw of a ranking event for the second time in his career.[11] In the first round he made breaks of 112 and 124 to lead Mark Davis 4–3 with his opponent requiring a snooker with one red left. Davis got the snooker on the final pink and potted the pink and black to level the match. Davison also led the deciding frame 49–10 but would ultimately lose the match 5–4.[12] Davison defeated Gerard Greene 6–4 in the first round of the UK Championship and raced into a 3–0 second round lead against world number seven Shaun Murphy, before conceding six frames in a row to exit the event. After the match Davison said that he loved the experience and had done very little wrong in the match as Murphy's fightback was as good matchplay snooker as you could see.[13]

Davison's second last 32 appearance of the season came at the German Masters after he recorded one of the best results of his career by knocking out world number nine Marco Fu 5–2.[14] He led Rod Lawler 4–1 in the next round but could not reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time as he was defeated 5–4.[15] After Davison lost 10–2 against Alan McManus in World Championship qualifying he could no longer reach the top 64 in the world rankings as he was placed 82nd and therefore played in Q School in an attempt to earn his place back.[16] He lost in the last 64 in both events to fall well short of doing so.[11]

2014/2015 season

It’s nice to be back as a pro because it was tough last year playing as an amateur. I believe I am as good a player as I’ve ever been and that age is no barrier – Stuart Bingham showed that by winning the World title for the first time at the age of 38. I’m sure most players think about giving up snooker at some point. But I keep myself in good shape and still believe I can play for another five or ten years.

Davison on winning his place back on the tour.[17]

Davison played in all six of the minor-ranking European Tour events during the 2014–15 season. His best performance came at the Riga Open, where he reached the last 32 with 4–3 and 4–1 wins over Jack Lisowski and Gerard Greene respectively, but he then lost 4–2 to Matthew Selt. A 4–3 victory against Kyren Wilson at the Paul Hunter Classic was his only other win in a European Tour event, with Davison losing 4–3 to Dechawat Poomjaeng in the subsequent round. He had two chances to rejoin the professional tour. The first came at the EBSA Play-offs where Davison was knocked out 4–3 by Martin O'Donnell in round two.[18] His second came at Q School and in event two Davison won six games, concluding with a 4–3 victory over Luke Simmonds to earn a two-year tour card.[17]

2015/2016 season

Davison lost eight matches in a row from October 2015 until April 2016 when he beat Yu Delu 10–9 in the first round of World Championship. He lost 10–7 to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the following round. He only won a total of four matches all season.[19]

2016/2017 season

Davison knocked out three players to reach the final qualifying round for the Shanghai Masters, but he was thrashed 5–0 by Anthony McGill. He recovered from 2–0 down against Gary Wilson in the opening round of the UK Championship to win 6–3, before losing 6–4 to Ben Woollaston.[20][21] After beating Joe Swail 4–0 in the first round of the Welsh Open, Davison was defeated 4–1 by Zhou Yuelong. He qualified for the China Open, but lost 5–0 in the opening round to Ding Junhui and entered Q School again to try and stay on the tour as he would have been relegated from it at the end of the season due to being ranked world number 91.[22][23] He won through to the final round of the first event and was defeated 4–2 by Billy Joe Castle.[24] Davison also got to the final round of the second event and this time beat James Cahill 4–2 to remain on tour and mean he has successfully advanced through Q School three times.[25]

Performance and rankings timeline


Tournament 1992/
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1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
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2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
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2003/
04
2004/
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2006/
07
2008/
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2010/
11
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2012/
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Ranking[26][nb 1] [nb 2] 283 237 202 165 [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2] 98 [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] 72 [nb 4] 74 [nb 3] [nb 2] 79 [nb 4] 87 [nb 3] [nb 3]
Ranking tournaments
European Masters[nb 5] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NH LQ Not Held LQ LQ A LQ LQ Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R LQ A
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 1R A 1R
Championship League Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event RR
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 1R A 1R
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R A 1R 2R 1R 2R A 1R
Scottish Open[nb 6] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ LQ A Tournament Not Held MR Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 2R A 1R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
German Masters[nb 7] Tournament Not Held LQ LQ A NR Tournament Not Held LQ 1R LQ 2R A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R A 1R 2R 1R 3R A 1R
Players Championship[nb 8] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R 1R 1R A 1R
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held RR
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
World Seniors Championship Tournament Not Held A A A A LQ A A A A A A
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ A A A A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 9] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 10] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A NR Tournament Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ A LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held LQ Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 11] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 12] Not Held Non-Ranking Tournament Not held LQ LQ 1R LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ Non-Ranking NH
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 13] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event 1R 3R 1R NR NH
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 1R LQ NH LQ LQ 1R Not Held
China Open[nb 14] Tournament Not Held NR LQ A A LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ 1R 1R LQ Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 15] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank LQ 3R LQ LQ NH
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ 1R A LQ LQ LQ LQ A NH
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ A NH
World Open[nb 16] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ RR LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ LQ 1R A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held A A 1R 1R A A Ranking Event
Haining Open Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank 1R A 2R A NH
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
DQ disqualified from the tournament
NH / Not Heldevent was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventevent is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventevent is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventevent is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. He was an amateur.
  4. Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. The event was called the European Open (1992/1993–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  6. The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  7. The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  8. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  9. The event was called the Thailand Classic in 1995/1996 and the Asian Classic in 1996/1997
  10. The event was called the Asian Open (1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  11. The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  12. The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  13. The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  14. The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  15. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  16. The event was called the Grand Prix (1992/1993–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)

Career finals


Non-ranking finals: 2 (2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2001 Merseyside Professional Championship Nick Dyson 2–5
Runner-up 2. 2003 Challenge Tour - Event 1 Stefan Mazrocis 2–6

Pro-am finals: 2 (2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2008 Pontins Pro-Am - Event 5 Peter Lines 1–4[27]
Runner-up 2. 2009 Pontins Pro-Am - Event 2 Michael White 3–5[28]

Amateur finals: 7 (4 titles, 3 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2002 English Open Richard King 5–8[29]
Winner 1. 2004 EASB Open Tour - Event 8 Wayne Cooper 4–2
Runner-up 2. 2006 PIOS - Event 5 Chris Melling 5–6
Runner-up 3. 2006 PIOS - Event 6 Liu Song 3–6
Winner 2. 2007 PIOS - Event 6 Michael King 6–2
Winner 3. 2009 PIOS - Event 3 Kyren Wilson 6–4
Winner 4. 2010 PIOS - Event 7 Justin Astley 6–2

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