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Thor Chuan Leong (simplified Chinese: 涂振龙; traditional Chinese: 涂振龍; pinyin: Tú Zhènlóng;[1] born 24 March 1988) is a Malaysian professional snooker player. He is commonly referred to as Rory Thor.[2]

Thor Chuan Leong
Thor Leong PHC 2015-4.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2015
Born (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 31)
Sport country Malaysia
Professional2014–
Highest ranking83 (June 2019)
Current ranking 84 (as of 4 November 2019)
Career winnings£27,762
Highest break139:
2017 English Open
Century breaks13
Best ranking finishLast 32 (2016 World Open, 2017 Gibraltar Open, 2017 English Open, 2018 European Masters)

CareerEdit

Thor, based in Penang, Malaysia represented his country at the 2006 & 2010 Asian Games and in the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and 2013 Southeast Asian Games, in the Southeast Asian Games he won bronze in the snooker singles[3] and doubles[4] and gold in the six red snooker singles.[5]

In 2014, Thor won the ACBS Asian Snooker Championship in May, beating Taiwan's Hung Chuang Ming 7–3 in the final.[6] This victory gained Thor a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.[7] However, despite the tour starting in May, Thor did not start playing on the tour until February 2015.[8] He played in the Six-red World Championship, but lost all five of his group matches.[9] In his first match in a ranking event qualifier he was beaten 1–4 by Dechawat Poomjaeng.[10] Although Thor lost all four of his matches this season he did push top 16 player Stuart Bingham to a deciding frame in the first round of the Welsh Open.[11]

Thor again failed to win a single match in ranking events during the 2015/16 season; in contrast, he performed successfully in the European Tour events, winning all of his first-round matches and reaching last 16 twice, at the Paul Hunter Classic and the Gdynia Open.[12] As a result, Thor was able to secure his place on the Main Tour for two further seasons by finishing tied 31st on the Order of Merit.[13]

A 5–2 victory over Jack Lisowski saw Thor qualify for the 2016 World Open and he reached the second round by beating Luca Brecel 5–3, before losing 1–5 to Neil Robertson. He also advanced to the last 32 of the Gibraltar Open with wins over Matthew Roberts and Gary Wilson, but lost 3–4 to Igor Figueiredo.[14]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
Ranking[15][nb 1] [nb 2] 125 [nb 3] 84 [nb 4] 83
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 5] Minor-Rank. LQ LQ WD LQ
International Championship A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
China Championship Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ
English Open Not Held 1R 3R 2R 1R
World Open Not Held 2R LQ LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open Not Held 1R 1R 1R 1R
UK Championship A 1R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Not Held 1R 1R 1R
European Masters Not Held LQ 1R 2R
German Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R
Shoot-Out Variant 1R 1R 2R
Players Championship DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open NH MR 3R 2R A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship RR RR A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters A LQ LQ LQ Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Rank. 1R A 1R NR
Indian Open LQ NH LQ LQ 1R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an 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. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
  5. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)

Career finalsEdit

Pro-am finals: 3 (3 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2009 Southeast Asian Games   Supoj Saenla 3–4
Winner 1. 2013 Southeast Asian Games (6-red)   Sithideth Sakbieng 5–4
Winner 2. 2015 Southeast Asian Games   Htet Ko 4–2

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2014 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship   Hung Chuang Ming 7–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "斯诺克亚锦赛落幕 马来西亚运动员时隔20年再夺冠". Sina News. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Thor Chuan Leong". World Snooker. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Snooker Single" (PDF). Southeast Asian Games. 18 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Snooker Double" (PDF). Southeast Asian Games. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ "6 Red Snooker Single" (PDF). Southeast Asian Games. 15 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "30th Asian Snooker Championships 2014". Cue Sports India. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ "2014/15 List Of Tour Players". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. ^ "November Start For Malaysia's Thor?". Pro Snooker Blog. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. ^ "SangSom 6 Red World Championship 2014" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Thor Chuan Leong 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Stuart Bingham wants another 10 years at the top as he begins Welsh Open campaign". Echo. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Thor Chuan Leong 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  13. ^ "European Order of Merit 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Thor Chuan Leong 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit