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Jamie Burnett (born 16 September 1975) is a Scottish former professional snooker player from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

Jamie Burnett
Jamie Burnett at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-29 01.jpg
German Masters 2014
Born (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 44)
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Sport country Scotland
Highest ranking27 (1999/2000)
Career winnings£654,749
Highest break148:
2004 UK Championship (qualifying)
Century breaks136
Best ranking finishRunner-up (2010 Shanghai Masters)

A journeyman, Burnett was ranked within the world's top 64 players for 20 consecutive years between 1996 and 2016, reaching his career best ranking, 27th, in 1999. He appeared in one major final, at the 2010 Shanghai Masters, where he lost 10–7 to Ali Carter, and reached the final of one minor-ranking event, the 2012 Gdynia Open, where Neil Robertson beat him 4–3.


Burnett made his mark in the 1997 German Open by reaching the quarter finals and equalled his best run the following year in the 1998 Grand Prix.In a 1997/98 season dominated by Stephen Hendry, Burnett claimed two victories over the world number one as well as recorded victories over Stephen Lee and Mark Williams. He made his first appearance in the final stages of the World Championship in 1996, when he led Terry Griffiths 5–0 and 9–5 before losing 9–10. His second appearance did not come until 2009, equalling Barry Pinches' record for the longest gap between Crucible appearances.[1]

During the qualifying stages of the 2004 UK Championship, he achieved the impressive feat of becoming the first ever player to compile a break over 147 in a professional match, in which he made a break of 148 against Leo Fernandez. After being awarded a free ball Burnett took the brown as an extra red, then a brown, then added 15 reds and 12 blacks, two pinks and a blue. He then potted the colours to complete a historic and remarkable 148 break. He afterwards commented "I didn't really know how to react afterwards. At first I thought it was no big deal, but then I realised I'd made history."[2][3]

Burnett qualified for the 2008 UK Championship, losing 3–9 to his practice partner Stephen Maguire in the first round. Bookmakers ceased taking bets on the exact scoreline after a surge of bets for that result.[4] In frame 12 Burnett had a chance to make the scoreline 4–8, missing a straightforward final black by so much that BBC analyst John Parrott suggested that an amateur player would be unhappy. The BBC's Clive Everton commented that the circumstances of the final two frames merited investigation. Everton said in commentary "An independent inquiry should be conducted by snooker people with knowledge to appreciate the relative difficulty of shots. The last two frames should be studied particularly closely."[5]

The World Snooker Association decided to investigate the circumstances behind the result,[6][7] before a formal police investigation was launched, days before Burnett met Maguire in the 2009 World Championship.[8] Following a report from Strathclyde Police, the Crown announced that it had found insufficient evidence to justify a criminal prosecution.[9]

Burnett qualified for the 2010 Shanghai Masters. He started in the wildcard round, and benefitted from Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrawal of the main draw to receive a bye to the second round. Burnett then beat Andrew Higginson, Mark Davis (coming back from 0–3 and 1–4), and Jamie Cope en route to his first ranking event final, where he was defeated 7–10 by world number 4 Ali Carter.

Burnett could not qualify for a single ranking tournament during the 2011/2012 season.[10] He finished it ranked world number 39 and needed to perform well in the first three tournaments of next season, before he lost the large amount of ranking points he gained for reaching the 2010 final in Shanghai.[11]

Burnett did start the new season strongly as he qualified for the first two ranking events, the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open. In Wuxi he beat Neil Robertson 5–1 in the first round, before losing to Mark Davis 3–5.[12] In Australia Burnett defeated world number one Mark Selby 5–3,[13][14] but then exited the tournament in the second round again following a 1–5 defeat to Marco Fu, with Burnett bemoaning a lack of consistency in his game.[15] Despite this he then almost won his first professional title at the minor-ranking Gdynia Open, which formed part of the Players Tour Championship series, by reaching the final where he faced Neil Robertson. He trailed 0–3 in the best of seven frames match, but came back to level the match at 3–3. The decider lasted 52 minutes with Burnett missing a black off its spot with one red left to lose 3–4.[16] However, his run to the final helped him to qualify for the Finals by finishing 12th on the PTC Order of Merit.[17] In the Finals he faced Robertson once more and was beaten again, this time by a 2–4 scoreline.[12] Burnett also qualified for the International Championship, but lost 3–6 to Stephen Maguire in the first round.[18] From December 2012 until the end of the season Burnett could not win another match, culminating in a 6–10 loss to Yu Delu in the third round of World Championship Qualifying.[19] He ended the season where he began it, ranked world number 39.[20]

Jamie Burnett at the 2014 German Masters.

Burnett's deepest run in a ranking event in the 2013/2014 season was at the German Masters where he beat Ratchayothin Yotharuck 5–2, Joel Walker 5–2, before losing 5–1 to Xiao Guodong in the last 16.[21] He won three matches in World Championship concluding with a 10–8 victory over Ben Woollaston to reach the Crucible for the fourth time.[22] Burnett led Joe Perry 6–3 after the opening session, but was defeated 10–7 and said afterwards that he was not enjoying snooker any more and that it was becoming a chore.[23]

He began the 2014/2015 season with a quarter-final showing at the Yixing Open, where he lost 4–2 to Ding Junhui.[24] Burnett overcame Matthew Stevens 6–1 in the first round of the International Championship and then knocked out Judd Trump 6–5. Despite this apparent big win against a top eight player, Burnett did not think he had played well due to needing three or four chances to win each frame.[25] He reached the quarter-finals with a 6–2 victory over Peter Ebdon, but had his mistakes punished by Ricky Walden in a 6–1 thrashing.[26] Burnett could not win a match at a ranking event during the rest of the season. He did win two games in World Championship qualifying, before losing 10–6 to Craig Steadman.[24]

Three qualifying wins saw Burnett play at the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open and he lost 5–3 to Joe Perry in round one. His best run of the 2015/2016 season was at the UK Championship, where wins over Sanderson Lam, Alan McManus and Li Hang saw him reach the last 16.[27] Burnett recovered from a 4–1 deficit against John Higgins to level, but would be defeated 6–4.[28] He entered the first three events of the 2016/2017 season, but has now not played a professional match since July 2016 and has been relegated from the tour.[29]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1992/
Ranking[30][nb 1] [nb 2] 221 105 73 54 38 31 27 33 36 44 46 49 56 54 46 45 40 37 39 39 39 41 46 58
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 3] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R NH 1R
World Open[nb 4] LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R 2R QF 1R 1R LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held WD
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ F LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A
European Masters[nb 5] LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NH LQ Not Held 1R 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ NR Tournament Not Held A
International Championship Tournament Not Held 1R 1R QF 1R A
UK Championship LQ 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R LQ 4R A
Scottish Open[nb 6] 1R 2R LQ LQ 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R LQ LQ 3R Tournament Not Held MR Not Held A
German Masters[nb 7] Not Held LQ 1R QF NR Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R 3R WD LQ A
Welsh Open LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R QF 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ 3R LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R 1R WD A
Players Championship[nb 8] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open[nb 9] Tournament Not Held NR 1R 1R LQ LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ A
Non-ranking tournaments
World Seniors Championship Tournament Not Held A A A A A LQ A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 10] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event 2R 1R LQ NH NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR 2R 1R LQ Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held LQ Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 2R 1R 1R Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held NR Tournament Not Held LQ 2R LQ LQ 1R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters A A A A A A LQ LQ A A A Tournament Not Held
Scottish Professional Championship Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R A R
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 Held event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format 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. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  4. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1992/1993–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  5. ^ The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and 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 China International (1998/1999)
  10. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event was called the Asian Open (1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)

Career finalsEdit

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2010 Shanghai Masters   Ali Carter 7–10

Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2012 Gdynia Open   Neil Robertson 3–4

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1992 Scottish Amateur Championship   Martin Dziewialtowski 6–2


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  3. ^ "Burnett's break goes one better". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ The Canadian Press[dead link]
  5. ^ Scots Snooker Stars Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett in betting probe
  6. ^ "World Snooker investigate Jamie Burnett betting suspension". The Daily Telegraph. 15 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Burnett match to be investigated". BBC News. 18 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Police Investigate Snooker Match". BBC News. BBC. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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  14. ^ "Brilliant Burnett Knocks Out Selby". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Ebdon Grinds Down Ding". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Robertson in Pole Position". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  17. ^ "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  18. ^ "International Championship (2012)". Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List for the 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  21. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2013/2014". Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  22. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Jamie Burnett seals Crucible spot". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  23. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Jamie Burnett 'fed up' with game". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  24. ^ a b "Jamie Burnett 2014/2015". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  25. ^ "Three-Ton Rocket Crushes McGill". World Snooker. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  26. ^ "Milkins and Walden into Semis". World Snooker. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  27. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2015/2016". Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  28. ^ "UK Snooker Championship: Robertson and Higgins set for quarter-finals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  29. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2016/2017". Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  30. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 19 August 2018.

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