Michael Judge

Michael Judge (born 12 January 1975 in Dublin) is a professional snooker player from the Republic of Ireland. His best performance in a ranking event came in the 2004 Grand Prix, where he reached the semi-finals,[1] and he reached his highest ranking, 24th, for the 2002–03 season. He returned to the professional tour having gained a two year card at 2021 Q School.

Michael Judge
Born (1975-01-12) 12 January 1975 (age 46)
Dublin, Ireland
Sport country Ireland
NicknameThe Judge
Professional1992–2011, 2021–present
Highest ranking24 (2002/03)
Current ranking 118 (as of 8 November 2021)
Best ranking finishSemi-final (x1)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking2

CareerEdit

Judge qualified for the World Championship three times, his best performance coming in the 2001 tournament, after knocking Jimmy White out in qualifying[2] and John Parrott in the first round,[3] before being knocked out by fellow Dubliner Ken Doherty.[4] He lost to eventual champion Peter Ebdon in the first round a year later.[5] He has lost in the final qualifying round on seven occasions, a record.[citation needed]

In 2006–07 he had something of a return to form, climbing 10 places in the rankings to 34th, after five successive falls from his career high of 24th, aided by a last 16 run in the Welsh Open. He then reached the last 16 of the Grand Prix early in the 2007–08 season,[6] and repeated this at the Welsh Open in Newport, by beating Nigel Bond and Graeme Dott, both 5–4, before succumbing to a 5–2 defeat by Stephen Lee. He did enough in the rest of the season to return to the top 32 of the rankings. However, he slipped straight back out the following season after two last sixteen runs were tempered by six first round defeats.[7] In January 2010 he qualified for the Welsh Open, losing to John Higgins in the first round proper.[8] He quit after the following season but returned to the sport a year later and would go on to win the Irish Amateur Championship in 2013 beating Robert Redmond 8–5 in the final.[9] He won it again in 2018 and entered Q School in a bid to win back his place on the professional snooker tour.[10] In the first round of event one he defeated former pro Mitchell Mann 4–3.[11][12] In the second event he hit a century against Hu Hao.[13] He went into the final day still in contention.[14]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1992/
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1999/
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2000/
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Ranking[15][nb 1] [nb 2] 262 171 100 71 56 58 67 46 28 24 37 42 43 43 34 30 36 52 [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 4]
Ranking tournaments
Championship League Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event RR
British Open LQ LQ 1R LQ QF 1R 2R 1R LQ 1R 2R 2R LQ Tournament Not Held 1R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held A LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R LQ
UK Championship LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 3R 2R 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ A A 1R
Scottish Open[nb 5] LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R LQ Tournament Not Held A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held DNQ
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking 1R
German Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ NR Tournament Not Held WD A A LQ
Players Championship[nb 7] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
European Masters[nb 8] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NH LQ Not Held 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NR Tournament Not Held A
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ 3R 3R 2R 1R LQ A A
Turkish Masters Tournament Not Held
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ A LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 9] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 10] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R LQ NR Tournament Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ 2R NH NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR 1R 1R 1R Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held 2R Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held WR LQ LQ LQ A NR NH
Riga Masters Tournament Not Held LQ NH
World Open[nb 11] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 2R 1R SF 2R RR 1R LQ LQ LQ A A NH
China Open[nb 12] Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Irish Open Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Irish Classic Tournament Not Held QF QF SF F A Not Held
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R A Ranking
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.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event event 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. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
  5. ^ The event ran under different names such as the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
  6. ^ The event ran under a different name as the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  7. ^ The event ran under a different name as the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  8. ^ The event was called the European Open (1992/1993–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004), the Irish Open (1998/1999) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  9. ^ The event ran under different names such as the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  10. ^ The event ran under different names such as the Asian Open (1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1992/1993–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  12. ^ The event ran under a different name as the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)

Career finalsEdit

Non-ranking finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2006 Irish Professional Championship   Ken Doherty 4–9
Runner-up 1. 2010 Irish Classic   Fergal O'Brien 1–5
Winner 1. 2019 Seniors Irish Masters Qualifying Event   Rory McLeod 4–1
Winner 2. 2019 UK Seniors Championship   Jimmy White 4–2

Amateur finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2013 Irish Amateur Championship   Robert Redmond 8–5
Runner-up 1. 2013 IBSF World 6-Reds Snooker Championship   Duane Jones 4–6
Runner-up 2. 2014 Irish Amateur Championship   Martin McCrudden 3–7
Runner-up 3. 2017 European Snooker Open   Darren Morgan 1–4
Winner 2. 2018 Irish Amateur Championship (2)   Rodney Goggins 6–5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Totesport Grand Prix 2004". www.snooker.org.
  2. ^ Dee, John. "Snooker: Judge threat to Parrott". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ "Judge sends Parrott down".
  4. ^ "Ken battles for victory over Judge". Archived from the original on 13 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Snooker: Judge out of World Championships". 22 April 2002.
  6. ^ "Rocket ends Judge's Aberdeen run". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Player profile at World Snooker website". Archived from the original on 13 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Higgins rules over Judge". Sky Sports.
  9. ^ Caulfield, David (27 May 2013). "Irish Scene: Judge Wins National Championship". snookerhq.com.
  10. ^ "Michael Judge Wins Irish National Championship". 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Cope Progresses In Burton". World Snooker. 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Zhao Into Round Three". World Snooker. 23 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Last Chance Saloon For Q School Hopefuls". World Snooker. 30 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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