Michael Judge (born 12 January 1975 in Dublin) is a former 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, and he reached his highest ranking, 24th, for the 2002/03 season.
|Born||12 January 1975|
|Highest ranking||24 (2002/03)|
2004 European Open
|Best ranking finish||Semi-final (2004 Grand Prix)|
Judge qualified for the World Championship three times, his best performance coming in the 2001 tournament, after knocking Jimmy White out in qualifying and John Parrott in the first round, before being knocked out by fellow Dubliner Ken Doherty. He lost to eventual champion Peter Ebdon in the first round a year later. He has lost in the final qualifying round on seven occasions, a record.
In 2006/2007 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 2007/2008 season, 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. In January 2010 he qualified for the Welsh Open, losing to John Higgins in the first round proper. 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. He won it again in 2018 and entered Q School in a bid to win back his place on the professional snooker tour. In the first round of event one he defeated former pro Mitchell Mann 4-3. In the second event he hit a century against Hu Hao. He went into the final day still in contention.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[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]|
|Riga Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ|
|World Open[nb 4]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||1R||1R||LQ||1R||2R||1R||SF||2R||RR||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||A|
|Paul Hunter Classic[nb 5]||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||Minor-Rank.||A|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||A|
|European Masters[nb 6]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH||LQ||Not Held||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||NR||Tournament Not Held||A|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||1R|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||A|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||A|
|Scottish Open[nb 7]||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||1R||3R||1R||LQ||Tournament Not Held||A|
|German Masters[nb 8]||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||WD||A||A|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||DNQ|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||VE||1R|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||A|
|Players Championship[nb 9]||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||A|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ|
|China Open[nb 10]||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Dubai Classic[nb 11]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 12]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||2R||LQ||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||QF||1R||2R||1R||LQ||1R||2R||2R||LQ||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||Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||2R||Not Held|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||WR||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||NR|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||1R||A||R|
|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.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was an amateur.
- The event ran under different names such as the Grand Prix (1992/1993–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004), the World Open (2010/2011, 2018/2019) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012)
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
- The event ran under different names such as the European Open (1992/1993–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004), Malta Cup (2004/2005–2006/2007) and Irish Open (1998/1999)
- The event ran under different names such as the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event ran under a different name as the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
- The event ran under a different name as the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event ran under a different name as the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event ran under different names such as the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event ran under different names such as the Asian Open (1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
Amateur finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 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|
|Winner||2.||2018||Irish Amateur Championship||Rodney Goggins||6–5|
- "Totesport Grand Prix 2004". www.snooker.org.
- Dee, John. "Snooker: Judge threat to Parrott". The Daily Telegraph.
- "Judge sends Parrott down".
- Ken battles for victory over Judge Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "Snooker: Judge out of World Championships". 22 April 2002.
- Rocket ends Judge's Aberdeen run Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Player profile at World Snooker website Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "Higgins rules over Judge". Sky Sports.
- Caulfield, David (27 May 2013). "Irish Scene: Judge Wins National Championship". snookerhq.com.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.