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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,[1] and he reached his highest ranking, 24th, for the 2002/03 season.

Michael Judge
Born (1975-01-12) 12 January 1975 (age 44)
Dublin, Ireland
Sport country Ireland
Professional1992–2011
Highest ranking24 (2002/03)
Career winnings£472,438
Highest break144:
2004 European Open
Century breaks66
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2004 Grand Prix)

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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 2006/2007 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,[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/
93
1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2018/
19
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]
Ranking tournaments
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
UK Championship LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 3R 2R 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ A 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
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ 3R 3R 2R 1R LQ A A
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
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 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.
  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. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ The event ran under different names such as the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
  8. ^ The event ran under a different name as the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  9. ^ The event ran under a different name as the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  10. ^ The event ran under a different name as the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  11. ^ The event ran under different names such as the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event ran under different names such as the Asian Open (1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)

Career finalsEdit

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

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 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Snooker: Judge out of World Championships". 22 April 2002.
  6. ^ Rocket ends Judge's Aberdeen run Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Player profile at World Snooker website Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Higgins rules over Judge". Sky Sports.
  9. ^ Caulfield, David (27 May 2013). "Irish Scene: Judge Wins National Championship". snookerhq.com.
  10. ^ https://snookerhq.com/2018/05/14/michael-judge-wins-irish-national-championship/
  11. ^ http://livescores.worldsnookerdata.com/Matches/Result/14011/562051/q-school-2018-event-1
  12. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/cope-progresses-in-burton/
  13. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/zhao-round-three/
  14. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/last-chance-saloon-for-q-school-hopefuls/
  15. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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