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Matthew Couch (born 30 June 1974) is an English former professional snooker player.

Matthew Couch
Born (1974-06-30) 30 June 1974 (age 45)
Sport country England
NicknameThe Couchernator
Professional1992–2004, 2005–2007, 2008–2012
Highest ranking47 (1999/2000)
Career winnings£197,042
Highest break141:
2002 UK Championship (qualifying)
2007 China Open (qualifying)
Century breaks39
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (1998 UK Championship)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

CareerEdit

During a professional career lasting from 1992 to 2012, Couch had little success in ranking events, although he reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship in 1998,[1] and his highest break is 141 from 2002. He returned to the Main Tour for the 2008/2009 season, and survived due to a fine run in the World Championship qualifiers, including a 10–3 victory over former champion John Parrott.[2] In October 2010, Couch had one of his best results to date, reaching the final of the 2010 Brugge Open, where he lost 4-2 against former World Champion Shaun Murphy.[3] He dropped off the snooker tour at the end of the 2011/2012 season.

Personal lifeEdit

Couch is also an official World Snooker coach,[4] and currently resides in Scunthorpe.

Career finalsEdit

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

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 2010 EPTC Event 2   Shaun Murphy 2–4

Non-ranking finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1999 UK Tour - Event 3   Stuart Bingham 1–6
Winner 2002 WPBSA Open Tour Event 4   Munraj Pal 5–3
Runner-up 2005 Challenge Tour - Event 4   Jamie Cope 0–6

Pro-am finals: 11 (5 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1996 Pontins Autumn Open   Gary Ponting 5–4
Runner-up 1997 Austrian Open   Graeme Dott 6–7
Runner-up 1997 Pontins Autumn Open   James McGouran 3–5
Winner 1998 Pontins Autumn Open (2)   Brian Salmon 5–1
Runner-up 2000 Austrian Open (2)   Robin Hull 1–5
Winner 2006 Austrian Open   Patrick Einsle 6–2
Winner 2006 Swiss Open   Dave Harold 4–3[5]
Winner 2007 Paul Hunter English Open   Neil Robertson 6–5[6]
Runner-up 2009 Pontins Spring Open   Jamie Cope 0–6
Runner-up 2009 Dutch Open   Bjorn Haneveer 3–6
Runner-up 2012 Austrian Open (3)   Mark Williams 5–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Finn fights back to win on black". The Independent. 7 January 1999. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Couch ends Parrott's Crucible bid". BBC News. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Glory for Murphy in Belgium". Yahoo Sport. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  4. ^ "WWW Snooker: China International 1999 (March)". Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  5. ^ "BUSY MONTH". snookerscene.blogspot.com. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Other Non-Ranking and Invitation Events". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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