Scott Donaldson

Scott Donaldson (born 19 March 1994) is a Scottish professional snooker player.

Scott Donaldson
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1994-03-19) 19 March 1994 (age 27)
Perth, Scotland
Sport country Scotland
Highest ranking22 (February 2020)
Current ranking 34 (as of 4 May 2021)
Career winnings£423,274
Highest break140:
2018 Gibraltar Open, 2021 Gibraltar Open
Century breaks62
Best ranking finishSemi-finals (2017 Welsh Open, 2018 Gibraltar Open, 2018 Paul Hunter Classic, 2019 China Open)
Tournament wins

Donaldson turned professional in 2012 after winning the 2012 EBSA European Snooker Championship and gained a two-year tour card for the 2012–13 and 2013–14 snooker seasons. He reached his first ranking event semi-final at the 2017 Welsh Open. His first professional tournament win came at the non-ranking 2019–20 Championship League.

Donaldson practises at Locarno Snooker Club in Edinburgh.


Debut season

Donaldson did not participate in the 2012 Wuxi Classic or the 2012 Australian Goldfields Open which both were held before the EBSA European Snooker Championships.[1] His first match as a professional was a 4–2 win over Liam Highfield in the minor-ranking PTC Event 1.[2] The tournament formed part of the Players Tour Championship events, of which Donaldson played all ten tournaments. His best result came in European Tour Event 1, where he beat Ricky Norris and Chris Norbury, before losing 3–4 to Michael Wild in the last 32. He was placed 70th on the Order of Merit.[3]

His best run of results in a ranking event came at the Shanghai Masters Qualifying where he defeated Chen Zhe and Yu Delu, but then lost 1–5 to Nigel Bond.[2] Donaldson's season ended when he was beaten 6–10 by Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round of World Championship Qualifying.[4] He finished his first year on tour ranked world number 89.[5]

2013/2014 season

In his opening match, Donaldson defeated Tom Ford 5–1 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China. In his first appearance in the first round of a ranking event he defeated Gareth Green 5–3 and then beat Jimmy Robertson 5–4, before losing 5–1 to Robert Milkins in the last 16.[6] He was knocked out by Barry Hawkins in the quarter-finals of the minor-ranking Bulgarian Open and in the semi-finals of the Asian Tour event, the Yixing Open.[6] He did not have to qualify for the UK Championship or the Welsh Open as all players on the tour began the events at the venue stage this season and Donaldson took advantage. In the UK he saw off Matthew Selt 6–4 and then secured what he called the best victory of his career to date by taking the last two frames against world number 13 Mark Davis in a 6–5 win.[7] He lost a high quality encounter 6–3 to Joe Perry in the last 32.[8] At the Welsh Donaldson saw off a trio of established players in Robert Milkins, David Gilbert and Andrew Higginson to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the second time this season, where he was whitewashed 4–0 by Ding Junhui.[9]

Donaldson's play in Asian Tour events this year helped him to finish eighth on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals for the first time.[10] He met reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and was comfortably defeated 4–0.[11] Donaldson's campaign ended with him at 65th in the world rankings, agonosingly short of reaching the top 64 who stay on tour.[12] However, his standing of 38th on the European Order of Merit earned him the third of eight spots on offer to non-qualified players to earn a two-year main tour card for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons.[13]

2014/2015 season

Donaldson began the season by qualifying for the 2014 Wuxi Classic, where he was beaten 5–3 by Chen Zifan in the wildcard round. He won four matches to qualify for the Australian Goldfields Open, which concluded with a 5–2 success over Kurt Maflin, before being whitewashed 5–0 by Stuart Bingham in the first round.[14] At the minor-ranking Yixing Open, Donaldson won four matches to reach the quarter-finals, but lost 4–1 against Robert Milkins. However, after a 6–4 loss to Marcus Campbell in the first round of the UK Championship, Donaldson lost a further eight matches in a row to end the season.[14][15]

2015/2016 season

At the Paul Hunter Classic, Donaldson beat Ashley Hugill 4–1, 2014 world champion Mark Selby 4–2 and Martin Gould 4–2 to reach the last 16 where he lost 4–1 to Mark Williams. He came close to qualifying for the International Championship by winning two successive frames to force a decider against Mark Allen, but lost it.[16] Donaldson finished 59th on the European Order of Merit which was high enough to earn him a new two-year card for the snooker tour.[17]

2016/2017 season

Donaldson won four matches to meet Ding Junhui in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters and had leads of 3–1 and 4–3, before Ding forced a deciding frame. Donaldson had a chance to pull off the shock, but missed a simple black and Ding won through.[18] Donaldson reached the last 16 of both the European Masters and Northern Ireland Open, losing 4–3 to Anthony McGill and 4–2 to Hossein Vafaei respectively.[19] At the Welsh Open he beat Jack Lisowski 4–1, Mark King 4–2, Jimmy Robertson 4–0 and Mark Davis 4–3 to reach the quarter-finals. He faced Zhou Yuelong, who was also appearing at this stage of a ranking event for the first time and Donaldson thrashed him 5–0.[20] Donaldson pulled back from 4–1 down against Judd Trump in the semi-finals to 4–3, but lost 6–3. He won £20,000 for reaching the final four and was placed 65th in the world at the end of the season, the third highest of all the players who began the year on zero ranking points.[21][22]

2017/2018 season

Donaldson defeated the defending UK champion Mark Selby, 6–3, in the last 64 at the 2017 UK Championship,[23] but was knocked out in the next round by Li Hang. Three months later, he reached the semi-final stage of a ranking event for only the second time in his career, at the 2018 Gibraltar Open; he won five matches before a 3–4 semi-final defeat against eventual champion Ryan Day.[24]

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 2011/
Ranking[25][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] 89 [nb 4] 93 [nb 4] 65 58 35 23
Ranking tournaments
European Masters Tournament Not Held 2R LQ 1R QF 2R
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Championship League Non-Ranking Event 2R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 4R 1R 3R 3R QF
UK Championship A LQ 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R
Scottish Open NH MR Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 2R QF 1R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 2R DNQ
German Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R
Welsh Open A LQ 4R 1R 1R SF 2R QF 2R 3R
Players Championship[nb 5] DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R SF 3R 3R 2R
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held RR
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Not Held A A A A A A A 1R
Championship League A A A A A A A A W RR
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic NR A 3R WR Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open A A LQ 1R LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ Non-Rank. NH
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 2R 1R SF NR NH
Indian Open Not Held LQ LQ NH LQ LQ QF Not Held
China Open A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R SF Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ LQ 2R 1R NH
International Championship NH LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R NH
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ 3R 1R NH
World Open A LQ 1R Not Held LQ LQ 1R LQ 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
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
VF / Variant Format Eventmeans an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. He was an amateur.
  3. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014−2015/2016)
  6. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)

Career finals

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2020 (1) Championship League Graeme Dott 3–0

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2012 EBSA European Snooker Championship Brendan O'Donoghue 7–3


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