Paul Davison

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Paul Davison
Paul Davison at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-29 07.jpg
Paul Davison at the 2014 German Masters
Born (1971-10-01) 1 October 1971 (age 47)
Pickering, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Sport country  England
Nickname Snowy
Professional 1992–2005, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2010–2014, 2015–
Highest ranking 70 (November–December 2012)[1][2]
Current ranking 99 (as of 2 May 2016)
Career winnings £102,267[3]
Highest break 144 (2001 World Championship Qualifying)[4]
Century breaks 69[3]
Best ranking finish Last 32 (2012 German Masters, 2013 Australian Goldfields Open, 2014 German Masters)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 3

Paul S. Davison (born 1 October 1971) is a professional snooker player from Pickering, North Yorkshire.


Early career

In the 2009/2010 season he finished third in the PIOS rankings, and thus retained his place on the 2010/2011 professional Main Tour.[5] He came through three qualification matches, concluding with a narrow 5–4 victory over Dominic Dale, to progress to the wildcard round of the 2012 German Masters.[6] He beat Pole Krzysztof Wróbel 5–2 to reach the main stage of a ranking event for the first time, drawing reigning UK Champion Judd Trump and was soundly beaten 1–5 in only 75 minutes.[7] The run earned him valuable ranking points as he continued to strive towards his goal of getting into the top 64 in the world to ensure his place on the tour for next season.[6] However, he did not win another match in the remainder of the season and finished it ranked world number 81, meaning he had to enter Q School to have a chance of playing in the 2012/2013 season.[8] In May, Davison won five matches at the second Q School event, concluding with a 4–2 win over Gareth Allen to earn a place on the tour for the next two years.[9]

2012/2013 season

Davison almost qualified for the 2012 International Championship, the fourth ranking event of the 2012/2013 season. He saw off Fraser Patrick, Peter Lines and Ben Woollaston, but then lost 3–6 to Dominic Dale in the final round.[10] Davison had a consistent year in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship Events, with his best result coming in the third European Tour Event, where he beat Ricky Norris, Joel Walker and Chris Norbury, before losing to world number one Mark Selby 3–4 in the last 16.[10] He reached the last 32 on two other occasions which helped Davison finish 48th on the PTC Order of Merit.[11] Davison's season ended when he lost 7–10 to Alfie Burden in the second round of World Championship Qualifying, which saw him end the year ranked world number 75.[12][13]

Paul Davison at 2014 German Masters

2013/2014 season

In the qualifiers for the Australian Goldfields Open Davison won his first match of the season 5–4 against Andrew Norman, making a 141 break during the match.[14] Further wins over Peter Lines and Mark King followed to see Davison into the main draw of a ranking event for the second time in his career.[15] In the first round he made breaks of 112 and 124 to lead Mark Davis 4–3 with his opponent requiring a snooker with one red left. Davis got the snooker on the final pink and potted the pink and black to level the match. Davison also led the deciding frame 49–10 but would ultimately lose the match 5–4.[16] Davison defeated Gerard Greene 6–4 in the first round of the UK Championship and raced into a 3–0 second round lead against world number seven Shaun Murphy, before conceding six frames in a row to exit the event. After the match Davison said that he loved the experience and had done very little wrong in the match as Murphy's fightback was as good matchplay snooker as you could see.[17] Davison's second last 32 appearance of the season came at the German Masters after he recorded one of the best results of his career by knocking out world number nine Marco Fu 5–2.[18] He led Rod Lawler 4–1 in the next round but could not reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time as he was defeated 5–4.[19] After Davison lost 10–2 against Alan McManus in World Championship qualifying he could no longer reach the top 64 in the world rankings as he was placed 82nd and therefore played in Q School in an attempt to earn his place back.[20] He lost in the last 64 in both events to fall well short of doing so.[15]

2014/2015 season

It’s nice to be back as a pro because it was tough last year playing as an amateur. I believe I am as good a player as I’ve ever been and that age is no barrier – Stuart Bingham showed that by winning the World title for the first time at the age of 38. I’m sure most players think about giving up snooker at some point. But I keep myself in good shape and still believe I can play for another five or ten years.

Davison on winning his place back on the tour.[21]

Davison played in all six of the minor-ranking European Tour events during the 2014/2015 season. His best performance came at the Riga Open, where he reached the last 32 with 4–3 and 4–1 wins over Jack Lisowski and Gerard Greene respectively, but he then lost 4–2 to Matthew Selt. A 4–3 victory against Kyren Wilson at the Paul Hunter Classic was his only other win in a European Tour event, with Davison losing 4–3 to Dechawat Poomjaeng in the subsequent round. He had two chances to rejoin the professional tour. The first came at the EBSA Play-offs where Davison was knocked out 4–3 by Martin O'Donnell in round two.[22] His second came at Q School and in event two Davison won six games, concluding with a 4–3 victory over Luke Simmonds to earn a two-year tour card.[21]

Career finals

Non-ranking event finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 2003 2003 Challenge Tour - Event 1 England Stefan Mazrocis 2–6
Runner-up 2005 2005 PIOS - Event 5 England Chris Melling 5–6
Runner-up 2006 2006 PIOS - Event 6 China Liu Song 3–6
Winner 2007 2007 PIOS - Event 3 Northern Ireland Michael King 6–2
Winner 2009 2009 PIOS - Event 3 England Kyren Wilson 6–4
Winner 2010 2010 PIOS - Event 7 England Justin Astley 6–2


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