Paddy Browne

Paddy Browne (born 1 April 1965) is an Irish former professional snooker player.

Paddy Browne
Born (1965-03-01) 1 March 1965 (age 55)
Dublin. Ireland
Sport countryRepublic of Ireland Ireland
Professional1983–1997
Highest ranking43 (1987/1988)
Career winnings£64,150[1]
Highest break108 (1990 European Open qualifying)
Century breaks7
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (1989 Classic)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

CareerEdit

Born in 1965, Browne turned professional in 1983. In his first season, he entered four tournaments, reaching the last 48 at the 1984 World Championship, where he defeated Steve Duggan and Colin Roscoe but lost 1–10 to Eddie Sinclair.

Recording his first last-32 finish at a ranking event in the 1985 Classic - where Jimmy White eliminated him 5–2 - Browne went one round better at the 1986 Open. There, he overcame Dessie Sheehan, incumbent World Champion Joe Johnson and Mark Bennett to reach the last 16, but was beaten 3–5 by Stephen Hendry.

Browne was ranked 43rd, a career-best, for the 1987/1988 season, but that season heralded only poor form; having registered one last-32 finish, at the 1988 British Open, he finished it with a loss to Steve James in qualifying for the 1988 World Championship. After levelling the match at 1–1, Browne lost nine consecutive frames to succumb 1–10.

Having slipped to 54th in the rankings, Browne required a sharp upturn in fortunes in the 1988/1989 season, and this he found, recording his first quarter-final appearance at the 1989 Classic. After beating Ian Williamson, Mike Hallett, James and Tony Chappel, he faced the resurgent Doug Mountjoy; from 1–4 behind, Browne rallied to 3–4, but the eventual champion held on to win the eighth frame by four points, and the match 5–3. Browne won the only professional title of his career in the 1988 WPBSA Non-ranking Event Two invitational. Browne beat Peter Francisco 5–1 in the final.

At the 1989 World Championship, Browne defeated Steve Meakin 10–9 having trailed 4–9, before overcoming Murdo MacLeod 10–6 and recording a 10–0 victory over Steve Longworth to reach the main stages at the Crucible Theatre for the first time. In the last 32, he played Willie Thorne, leading 5–4 but going on to lose 5–10. He finished the season ranked 44th.

The next few seasons brought no success for Browne; in 1991/1992, his highest earning performances were two last-128 runs, while the unknown Hong Kong player Franky Chan beat him 5–2 in the 1992 Strachan Open. At that year's World Championship, Browne himself was the victim of a 10–0 whitewash, at the hands of Jason Ferguson.

By 1994, Browne had fallen to 164th in the rankings, and a 3–10 loss to Surinder Gill in qualifying for the 1995 World Championship would be his last at competitive level. He did not enter another tournament and was relegated from the tour in 1997, aged 32.

Non-ranking wins: (1)Edit

  • WPBSA Invitational - Event 2 – 1988

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