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Steve Davis
Steve Davis PHC 2012-1.jpg
Born(1957-08-22) 22 August 1957 (age 56)
Plumstead, London, England
Sport country England
Nickname
  • Nugget
  • Romford Robot
  • Interesting
  • Ginger Magician
  • Steve "Stumble" Davis
  • Romford Slim
Professional1978–present
Highest ranking1 (1983/841989/90)
Current ranking64 (as of 30 March 2014)
Career winnings£5,614,630 (to end 2008/09)[1]
Highest break147 (1982 Classic)
Century breaks352[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking28
Non-ranking53
World Champion1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989
 
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Steve Davis
Steve Davis PHC 2012-1.jpg
Born(1957-08-22) 22 August 1957 (age 56)
Plumstead, London, England
Sport country England
Nickname
  • Nugget
  • Romford Robot
  • Interesting
  • Ginger Magician
  • Steve "Stumble" Davis
  • Romford Slim
Professional1978–present
Highest ranking1 (1983/841989/90)
Current ranking64 (as of 30 March 2014)
Career winnings£5,614,630 (to end 2008/09)[1]
Highest break147 (1982 Classic)
Century breaks352[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking28
Non-ranking53
World Champion1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989

Steve Davis, OBE (born 22 August 1957)[3] is an English professional snooker player from Plumstead, London. Known for dominating the sport during the 1980s, when he won the World Championship six times and was ranked world number one for seven consecutive seasons, he is remembered particularly for contesting the 1985 World Championship final with Dennis Taylor, the black-ball conclusion of which attracted a record 18.5 million British viewers. Today, Davis combines his ongoing playing career with his role as a television analyst and commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage.

In addition to his six world titles, Davis's career achievements include three Masters and a record six UK Championship titles. He has won a total of 28 ranking events, second only to Stephen Hendry,[4] and has won over £5.5 million in prize money.[5] One of five players to have compiled over 350 competitive century breaks,[2] he made the first officially recognized (and first televised) maximum break in professional competition in 1982. During the 1987/1988 season, he became the first player to complete snooker's Triple Crown by winning the UK Championship, Masters, and World Championship in the same season. His other accomplishments include winning the World Doubles Championship four times with Tony Meo and winning the World Team Classic/World Cup four times with England.

Davis won his last world title in 1989, and captured his last major title when he won the 1997 Masters at the age of 39, but he has continued to play snooker at a high level. He reached the final of the 2005 UK Championship at the age of 48 and was still ranked inside the top 16 when he turned 50 during the 2007/2008 season. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Championship at the age of 52, making him the oldest quarter-finalist since Eddie Charlton in 1983.[6] He won the World Seniors Championship in 2013.

Outside snooker, Davis has competed in pool tournaments, notably playing on Team Europe at the Mosconi Cup between 1994 and 2004, and winning the event in 1995 and 2002. He is also noted for his participation in poker events, having reached the final stages of several televised tournaments. A keen amateur chess player, he has co-authored two chess books with grandmaster David Norwood and is a former president of the British Chess Federation. He has also published several books on snooker, as well as three cookbooks. He has appeared on a number of popular British TV shows, including I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! in 2013. He was made an MBE in 1988 and an OBE in 2001.

Early career[edit]

Davis was introduced to snooker by his father Bill, a keen player, who took him to play at his local working men's club at the age of 12,[7] and gave him Joe Davis' instructional book How I Play Snooker.[8] They studied the book and built Steve Davis's own technique on it in the 1970s.[9] He started playing at the Lucania Snooker Club in Romford, where at the age of 18 the manager of the club brought his talent to the attention of Barry Hearn, chairman of the Lucania chain of snooker halls.[10][11] Hearn became Davis' friend and manager.[12] Paid £25 a match by Hearn, Davis toured the country, taking part in challenge matches against established professionals such as Ray Reardon, John Spencer and Alex Higgins. Around this time he was given the nickname "Nugget" because, according to Hearn, "you could put your case of money on him and you knew you were going to get paid."[10]

Davis won the English Under-19 Billiards Championship in 1976.[13] One of his last wins as an amateur was against another future professional Tony Meo in the final of the Pontin's Spring Open of 1978.[14] A year later he successfully defended his title, this time defeating another of his future rivals, Jimmy White, 7–4 in the final.[15] Davis turned professional on 17 September 1978[16] and made his professional television debut on Pot Black, where he played against Fred Davis.[17] He made his World Championship debut in 1979,[18] losing 11–13 to Dennis Taylor in the first round.[19]

Dominance of snooker[edit]

Davis came to public prominence after his performance at the 1980 World Championship, where he reached the quarter-finals, defeating defending champion Terry Griffiths en route,[20] before losing to Alex Higgins.[21] Davis won his first major title in the same year – the UK Championship – during which he beat Griffiths 9–0 in the semi-finals and Higgins 16–6 in the final.[22][23] This began an 18-month period of dominance. He won the Classic and then the International Masters and English Professional titles in 1981,[13] and became the bookmakers' favourite to win the 1981 World Championship, despite being seeded only 15.[24] Davis reached the final by defeating Jimmy White in the first round, Higgins in the second round, Griffiths in the quarter-finals and defending champion Cliff Thorburn in the semi-final.[25] Davis's 18–12 victory over Doug Mountjoy in the final confirmed bookmakers' early predictions, and in celebration his manager Barry Hearn charged across the arena to lift him up in the air.[26] He would go on to reach seven out of the next eight world finals.[27]

He followed up his world title win with a 9–0 final victory over Dennis Taylor in the International Open and then retained the UK Championship with a 9–0 whitewash over White in the semi-finals and a 16–3 win over Griffiths in the final.[28] This began a period of six months in which Davis and Griffiths contested almost all the major tournament finals. During this run, in January 1982, Davis made snooker history when he compiled the first televised maximum break at the Classic at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, against John Spencer.[29] Davis won a car for the achievement.[30] This was also the first televised maximum break. Davis subsequently lost 8–9 in the final against Griffiths.[31] In 1982 Davis won his first Masters title, defeating Griffiths 9–6 in the final.[32]

Davis's 18-month period of dominance ended at the 1982 World Championship, when he succumbed to the so-called "Crucible Curse", losing 1–10 against Tony Knowles in the first round.[19] Later that year, he couldn't win a third consecutive UK title as he lost in the quarter-finals against Griffiths.[33] Following those two setbacks, he won the World Doubles Championship title with partner Tony Meo.[13] In 1983 Davis regained the world title with a session to spare in the final, defeating an overwhelmed Thorburn 18–6; Thorburn had seen his previous three matches go to a deciding frame and a late finish.[34] Davis lost 15–16 to Higgins in the 1983 UK Championship final, despite having led 7–0 at one point of the match.[35] In 1984, he became the first player to retain his world title at the Crucible Theatre by beating Jimmy White 18–16 in the final.[36] He also regained the UK title in 1984 defeating Higgins 16–8.[37]

Black ball final[edit]

At the 1985 World Championship, Davis dropped only 23 frames en route to the final, where his opponent was Dennis Taylor. He looked set for a third consecutive world title after an opening session of near-faultless snooker gave him a 7–0 lead, which he extended to 8–0 in the evening session, but Taylor recovered to trail only 7–9. From 11–11 the pair traded frames before Davis forged ahead to lead 17–15. Taylor won the next two frames to level the match at 17–17 and force a deciding frame. With the scores close, Taylor potted the final colours to leave the black as the winner-takes-all ball. After a series of safety shots and attempts at potting it, Davis over-cut the black, leaving Taylor with a reasonably straightforward pot to secure the championship. The "nailbiting" finale drew 18.5 million viewers, a record post-midnight audience on British television and a record audience for BBC Two.[38] The black-ball finish was voted the ninth greatest sporting moment of all time in a 2002 Channel 4 poll.[39]

Davis and Taylor met again in the final of the 1985 Grand Prix, but this time Davis won in the deciding frame. At 10 hours 21 minutes, it remains the longest one-day final in snooker history.[40] In the 1985 UK Championship final Davis trailed 8–13 against Willie Thorne, who missed a blue off the spot which would have given him a 14–8 lead. Davis won the frame and then seven of the next eight to win 16–14.[41] At the 1986 World Championship, Davis defeated White 13–5 in the quarter-finals and Thorburn 16–12 in the semi-finals,[42] Davis's opponent in the final was Joe Johnson, who had started the tournament as a 150–1 outsider. Davis lost the match 12–18.[43] The result did not affect his position at the top of the world rankings, as he had won the UK Championship, the Grand Prix and the British Open in the 1985/1986 season. At the end of 1986 he beat Neal Foulds 16–7 to retain the UK Championship.[37]

Davis started 1987 by winning the Classic, beating defending champion Jimmy White 13–12.[44] At the World Championship, he defeated Griffiths 13–5 in the quarter-final, and White 16–11 in the semi-final.[45] In the final he again met Johnson, and established a 14–10 lead after three sessions. Johnson reduced Davis' lead to 14–13, but Davis won four of the next five frames to win the match 18–14 and regain the title.[46] In beating Johnson he became the first player to win the UK Championship, Masters and World Championship in the same year.[47] In December he retained his UK title with a 16–14 final win against White.[37] In 1988 retained the Classic, claimed his second Masters title with a 9–0 final whitewash of Mike Hallett (the only final whitewash in the event's history),[32] won the World Cup with England and won his fourth Irish Masters title. In the World Championship Davis defeated Hallett 13–1, Tony Drago 13–4 and Thorburn 16–8 en route to the final, where he met Griffiths. Davis established a 5–2 lead after the first session, but Griffiths levelled at 8–8 after the second. On the second day of the match Davis took ten out of thirteen frames to win 18–11 and claim his fifth world title.[48]

Davis won the first ranking event of the 1988/1989 season with a 12–6 win over White in the International Open; in the same match, he became the first player to make three consecutive century breaks in a major tournament.[49] In October, Davis won the Grand Prix, beating Alex Higgins 10–6 in the final to hold the World, UK, Masters, Grand Prix, Classic and Irish Masters titles simultaneously. However, his four-year unbeaten run at the UK Championship came to an end in December with a 3–9 semi-final loss to Hendry.[50] He did not win another major title that season until the 1989 World Championship, where he beat Hendry 16–9 in the semi-finals before going on to complete the heaviest victory in a world final of the modern era with an 18–3 win over John Parrott, his last world championship to date.[51] In October he retained the Grand Prix, beating Dean Reynolds 10–0 in the final, the first whitewash in a ranking event final.[52] By the end of the 1980s, Davis was snooker's first millionaire.[13]

1990–2005[edit]

In the 1990 World Championship, Davis was denied an eighth consecutive appearance in the final by Jimmy White, who won their semi-final 16–14.[53] Davis was replaced as world number one by Stephen Hendry at the end of the 1989/90 season. He was ranked number 2 for the 1990/1991, 1991/1992, 1994/1995 and 1995/1996 seasons.[54] He reached the semi-finals of the World Championships in 1991 and 1994.[55][56] He also won the Irish Masters in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the Classic and the Asian Open in 1992, the European Open in 1993, and consecutive Welsh Open titles in 1994 and 1995. His successful defence of his Welsh Open title in 1995 is to date his last ranking title.[57] Davis's last victory in a major tournament came at the 1997 Masters. Trailing his opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan 4–8 in the final, he won the next six frames to secure a 10–8 win.[58]

After a season which saw Davis reach only one ranking event quarter-final, Davis dropped out of the top 16 for the 2000/2001 season,[54] and failed to qualify for the World Championship for the next two years.[59][60] After failing to qualify for the World Snooker Championship for the first time in his professional career in 2001, Davis felt that retiring would be the easy thing to do, but as he still liked the challenge of snooker, he continued playing,[61] and regained his place in the top 16 for the 2003/2004 season.[54] He was runner-up in the 2004 Welsh Open to O'Sullivan, losing 8–9 after having led 8–5.[62] In 2005 he reached the quarter finals of the World Championship, losing to eventual winner Shaun Murphy.[63]

2005–2010[edit]

At the 2005 UK Championship, held in York, Davis reached his 100th major career final,[64] and made his first appearance in the UK final since 1990.[37] En route he beat defending champion Stephen Maguire 9–8, a win which included a 145 break; and then Stephen Hendry 9–6 in the semi-finals to reach the final, where he lost 6–10 against Ding Junhui.[65][66] Before the World Championships Davis brushed off suggestions of retirement,[67] and he reached the second round, where he lost to Murphy.[68] Davis's performances through the 2006/2007 season, including reaching the UK Championship quarter-finals and the Welsh Open semi-finals, ensured he was still a top 16 player at the age of 50.[69]

Steve Davis during a match against Ville Pasanen in 2008

He dropped out of the top sixteen a year later, but showed form in the 2008/2009 season by reaching the quarter-finals of both the Shanghai Masters and Grand Prix, the first time he had reached consecutive ranking event quarter-finals since 1996.[70] At the World Championship Davis lost in the first round 2–10 against Neil Robertson. After the match he again dismissed talk of his retirement.[71]

In the first two tournaments of the 2009/2010 season Davis failed to qualify for the televised stages as he lost 4–5 against Matthew Selt in the Shanghai Masters and 0–5 against Mark Davis in the Grand Prix.[72][73] In the next tournament, the UK Championship, he defeated Michael Judge 9–7 to set up a first round match against Hendry,[74] which he lost 6–9.[75] Davis started 2010 by failing to qualify for the Welsh Open and the China Open, losing 2–5 against Dominic Dale and 3–5 against Mike Dunn respectively in the final qualifying round.[76][77] In March he qualified for the World Championship for a record 30th time by defeating Adrian Gunnell 10–4.[78]

In the first round Davis defeated Mark King 10–9, becoming, at the age of 52, the oldest player to win a match at the Crucible since Eddie Charlton beat Cliff Thorburn in 1989.[79] In the second round against defending champion John Higgins, a 1–20 favourite, Davis led 6–2 after the first session, 9–7 after the second session, and ultimately won 13–11, a win Clive Everton described as "the greatest upset in the 33 years the Crucible has been hosting the championship."[80] This made him the oldest world quarter-finalist since Charlton in 1983. In the quarter-final match against Australian Neil Robertson, Davis recovered from a 2–12 deficit to force the match into the third session, eventually losing 5–13.[81] On 29 April 2010, to mark the 25th anniversary of their black-ball final of 1985, Davis appeared with Dennis Taylor before the beginning of the first semi-final, to stage a humorous re-enactment of their historic final frame. Taylor entered the arena wearing a pair of comically oversized glasses, while Davis arrived sporting a red wig.[82]

Davis started the 2010/2011 season by qualifying to the televised stages of Shanghai Masters, whitewashing Rod Lawler 5–0,[83] but lost in the first round 3–5 against Jamie Cope.[84] He lost his qualifying matches in the next two tournaments, he lost 1–3 against Peter Ebdon in the last 64 of the World Open[85] and 2–9 against Mark Joyce in the last 48 of the UK Championship.[86] He also participated at the Players Tour Championship, where his best results came at the Paul Hunter Classic, where he reached the quarter-finals, but lost 1–4 against Shaun Murphy.[87] He finished 67 on the Order of Merit.[88] Davis also reached the final of the World Seniors Championship, but lost in the final 1–4 against Jimmy White.[89] He reached the third qualifying round of the German Masters, but was whitewashed by Ryan Day 0–5.[90] Davis lost his first qualifying matches of the next two tournaments. He was beaten by Joe Jogia 3–4 in the Welsh Open[91] and 4–5 by James Wattana in the China Open.[92] He narrowly reached the last qualifying round of the World Championship, by defeating Jack Lisowski 10–9, but lost against Stephen Lee 2–10.[93]

2010-present[edit]

Davis playing a trick shot exhibition during the break of the 2012 German Masters final

Davis started the 2011/2012 season at number 44, his lowest rank since turning professional.[54][94] He lost his first qualifying match at the Shanghai Masters 1–5 against Passakorn Suwannawat.[95] After 2010 he reached the final of the World Seniors Championship, but again lost in the final, this time 1–2 against Darren Morgan.[96] Davis also participated at the Players Tour Championship, where his best results came at the Warsaw Classic, where he reached the semi-finals, but lost 3–4 against Ricky Walden.[97] He finished number 26 on the Order of Merit.[98] He qualified for the UK Championship, by defeating both Ian McCulloch and Andrew Higginson 6–2,[99] but he couldn't qualify to the German Masters as he lost 1–5 against Robert Milkins[100] and also lost in the first round of the UK Championship 1–6 against Ronnie O'Sullivan.[101] Davis than missed the World Open, as he lost his first qualifying match 1–5 against Ian McCulloch,[102] but reached the last 16 of the Welsh Open with three 4–3 victories, defeating Lucky Vatnani, Ricky Walden and Allister Carter, before losing 0–4 against Shaun Murphy.[103][104] However he then didn't qualify for either the China Open, nor the World Snooker Championship, losing 1–5 to Rory McLeod and 7–10 to Ben Woollaston respectively.[105][106]

Davis was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame in 2011.

Davis started the 2012/2013 season at number 51,[107] but couldn't qualify for the first two ranking events, as he lost 3–5 against Kurt Maflin at the Wuxi Classic,[108] and 0–5 against Michael Wild at the Australian Goldfields Open.[109] Davis took part in the Six-red World Championship, where he finished third in Group E with three wins out of five matches and advanced to the knock-out stage,[110] but lost 1–6 against Mark Davis in the last 32.[111] Davis qualified for the Shanghai Masters by defeating Alfie Burden 5–1 and Andrew Higginson 5–0.[112] There he defeated Zhu Yinghui 5–1 to reach the last 32,[113] but lost 4–5 against Ricky Walden.[114] He however couldn't qualify for the International Championship after losing his first qualifying match 5–6 against Pankaj Advani.[115] Davis then qualified for the final stages of the UK Championship by defeating Advani 6–5 and Jamie Burnett 6–2,[116] but lost 2–6 against Ali Carter,[117] and he also lost his first qualifying match at German Masters 4–5 against Simon Bedford.[118] Davis also participated at the Players Tour Championship, where his best results came at the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy and the Scottish Open, where he reached the last 16, but lost 3–4 against John Higgins and 1–4 against Ding Junhui respectively.[119][120] He finished number 52 on the Order of Merit.[121] Davis then lost at the qualifying stages of the next two ranking events. He lost 4–5 against Chen Zhe at the World Open,[122] and 0–5 against Mark King at the China Open.[123] At the Welsh Open he defeated Kurt Maflin 4–2 to qualify for the venue stage of the event,[124] where he lost 0–4 against Mark Selby.[125] Davis finished the season in the qualifying stage of the World Championship by losing 7–10 against Maflin.[126]

Davis started the 2013/2014 season at number 51,[127] and his first match was in the qualifying stages for the Wuxi Classic, where he faced James Cahill. After Cahill levelled the match at 2–2, Davis won the next three frames in a row, along with a 131 break in the penultimate frame, to book his place for the main stage of the tournament in Wuxi,[128] where he lost 1–5 against Andrew Higginson in the last 64.[129] Davis then lost at the qualifying stages of the next two ranking events he entered. He lost 2–5 against Higginson at the Shanghai Masters,[130] and 1–4 against Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon at the Indian Open.[131] He than qualified for the International Championship with a 6–2 win against Allan Taylor,[132] but lost at the venue 1–6 against Zhao Xintong in the wildcard round.[133] Davis won his first World Seniors Championship title by defeating Nigel Bond 2–1 in the final.[134] After a defeat to Craig Steadman 8–10 in the second round of the 2014 World Snooker Championship qualification, Davis finished the season outside the top 64 in the money list and dropped off the professional main tour after 36 years.

Legacy[edit]

In the book Masters of the Baize, a detailed comparison and ranking of snooker professionals, authors Luke Williams and Paul Gadsby rated Davis as the third greatest snooker player of all time behind Joe Davis and Stephen Hendry.[135][136] As of 2011, Davis has won a record 80 professional titles from 115 finals, 28 of them in ranking events. His record of six world titles in the modern era has been bettered only by Hendry and no player has yet matched his tally of six UK titles. Davis has also compiled over 300 competitive centuries during his career. In 2011 he was inducted to World Snooker's newly created Hall of Fame along with seven former World Champions.[137]

Other sports[edit]

Trick shot World Champion Steve Davis potting a ball under a cloth

From 1994 to 2007 Davis played in professional nine-ball pool events regularly. He was instrumental in the creation of the Mosconi Cup,[138] and has represented Europe in the tournament on eleven occasions, and was a member of the team's 1995 and 2002 wins;[139] his victory against the US's Earl Strickland clinched the 2002 competition for Europe.[140][141] In 2001 Davis nearly won his first singles title in pool at the World Pool League, however, Efren Reyes defeated him 9–5 the final.[142] Sid Waddell gave him the nickname "Romford Slim" and said he was Britain's answer to the famous American pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone.[138] Davis dislikes eight-ball pool as played on English-style tables in British pubs and clubs, considering it a "Mickey Mouse game" because of its under-sized cue ball in relation to the other balls, but made it clear that he is only critical of the game when it is played with an undersized cue ball.[143] He is also a keen chess player and was for a while the President of the British Chess Federation.[1]

Davis has also become a proficient poker player, with successful appearances at televised tournaments;[144] one of these included an appearance at the final table of the 2003 Poker Million together with fellow snooker player Jimmy White, who eventually won.[145] Later, at Event 41 of the 2006 World Series of Poker, Davis finished 579th, winning US$20,617.[146] At Event 54 of the 2008 World Series of Poker he finished 389th, winning $28,950.[147] At Event 56 of the 2010 World Series of Poker he finished 131st, winning $5,491.[148] At Event 22 of the 2011 Grand Poker Series he finished 8th, winning $2,049.[149]

In other media[edit]

Davis has become known for his coolness and impeccable conduct in high-pressure situations.[64] His initial lack of emotional expression and somewhat monotonous interviewing style earned him a reputation as boring. As a result, the satirical television series Spitting Image gave him the ironic nickname "Interesting".[150][151] Davis himself now plays upon this image and says it helped him gain acceptance from the public.[152] It led to him co-authoring a comedic book, How to Be Really Interesting (1988), with Geoff Atkinson, the front cover of which shows Davis mocking his perceived dullness, dressed in boxing regalia holding a cue.[153] Davis appeared as a commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage and as a guest on television quizzes such as They Think It's All Over and A Question of Sport.[154] He appeared in a baked beans advertisement in the 1980s (featuring snooker commentator Ted Lowe with the pay-off line "really interesting" and Davis 'assessing' his beans on toast as if it were a snooker situation, and chalking his cutlery).[155] In 2007, his image was used as the epitome of "reliability" in a series of advertisements for Irish Life.[156] He featured in a spoof online viral promoting the Nintendo DS game World Snooker Championship Season 2007–08, in which he parodied a Nicole Kidman Brain Training advert.[157] In 2010 Davis made a cameo appearance in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret as himself.[154] His other TV appearances include a guest slot on the Christmas 1981 edition of The Morecambe and Wise Show.

He has published numerous other books, five relating to snooker: Successful Snooker (1982),[158] Frame and Fortune (1982),[159] Steve Davis: Snooker Champion (1983),[160] Matchroom Snooker (1988)[161] and The Official Matchroom 1990;[162] two relating to chess in 1995 with David Norwood: Steve Davis Plays Chess[163] and Grandmaster Meets Chess Amateur.[164] He also authored three cookbooks in 1994: Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 1 – Interesting Things to Do With Meat,[165] Simply Fix – The Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 2 – Interesting Things to Make with Poultry,[166] and Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 3 – Interesting Things to Make Using Vegetables.[167]

In 1986 he joined musical duo Chas & Dave and several other snooker stars of the time (under the name "The Matchroom Mob") on the novelty record "Snooker Loopy", which was a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom.[168][169] A year the later they released a follow-up single, the "Romford Rap", though this only reached #91 in the UK charts.[170] Since 1996 he has presented a show dedicated to progressive rock and the Canterbury scene on his local radio station, Phoenix FM.[171]

In 2013 Davis participated in the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![172] He finished in eighth place.

Personal life[edit]

In 1988, Davis was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was made an MBE.[173] He was awarded an OBE in 2001,[58] and is currently honorary president of the Snooker Writers' Association.[174] Davis is a big fan of the French progressive rock band Magma, and even organised a concert in London so he could watch them.[175] Davis is on the board of Leyton Orient football club, which he has revealed to be more of a gimmick; Davis has been a Charlton Athletic fan most of his life,[176] and Barry Hearn is the Orient chairman.[177] He lives in Brentwood, Essex,[178] and divorced from his wife Judith in 2005 after 15 years of marriage. Together, they have two sons called Greg (born 1991) and Jack (born 1993).[179] In 2012 Greg Davis entered the Q School, with the aim of winning a place on the professional snooker tour.[180][181]

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Ranking[54][nb 1]UR[nb 2]1813241111111224422101314151721251113151115292322445151
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi ClassicNot heldNon-rankingLQ1R
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 3]NHN/AAAWAAAFANHANot heldAANot heldWDLQA
Shanghai MastersNot held2RQFLQ1RLQ1RLQ
Indian OpenNot heldLQ
International ChampionshipNot heldLQWR
UK ChampionshipAQFWWQFFWWWWSFFF2RSFQF2R1R3R2RQF3R2R2R3R2R3RFQF1R1R1RLQ1R1RA
German Masters[nb 4]Not held2R1RLQ1RNot heldLQLQLQ1R
Welsh OpenNot heldA2RWW3R1R3RQF2RLQ1R1RF2R2RSF3R1RLQLQ2RLQ1R
World Open[nb 5]Not heldA2RSFWQF3RWW1RFQFQFQFQF3R3R1R3R2R2RSF2R3R3RRRRRQFLQLQLQLQ1R
Players Tour Championship FinalsNot HeldDNQDNQDNQDNQ
China Open[nb 6]Not heldW2RLQ1R2RNot held2RLQ1R1RLQLQLQLQLQLQ
World Championship1RQFW1RWWFFWWWSFSF1R2RSF1RQF2R2R1R2RLQLQ1R1RQF2R1R1R1RQFLQLQLQLQ
Non-ranking tournaments
World Seniors ChampionshipNot HeldANot HeldFFQFW
MastersAA1RWQFQF1RSF1RWSFSF1RQFQF1R1RQFWSF1R1RAWR1R1RQF1R1R1RAAAAAA
Championship LeagueNot HeldARRRRAAAA
Variant Format Tournaments
Shoot-OutNot Held2R1R1R1R
Former ranking tournaments
ClassicNHAWFWWSFQFWW1RSF3RWNot held
Scottish Open[nb 7]Not heldWQFWWQFQFWWWNot heldFQFF1R2R4R1R4R2R2R2R3RNot heldMRNH
British Open[nb 8]NHAWWSFWSFW2R1RQF3RSFSFWSFQF1RSF4R3RQF3R2R2R2R2RNot held
Thailand Masters[nb 9]NHRRRRSFNHAAW2RF2R2R2R2RQFLQLQ1RANHANot held
Irish MastersNon-ranking eventQF1R2RNHNRNot held
Malta Cup[nb 10]Not held1RSF1RQFWQF2R1R1RNH1RNot heldA1R2RQF1R1RNRNot held
Former non-ranking tournaments
World Doubles ChampionshipNot heldWWSFWW3RNot held
Scottish MastersNHSFWWWAAANHSFQFFSF1RSFQF1R1R1R1R1RAANot held
Irish MastersAAAFWWSFAWWSFWWQFWWQFFQFQFQF1RQFARanking eventNHANot held
Premier League[nb 11]Not heldWWWWFFSFRRSFFRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSFSFRRRRAAAANH
Performance Table Legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi–finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DNQdid not qualify for the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournamentWDwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.

Career finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 41 (28 titles, 13 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (6–2)
UK Championship (4–3)
Other Ranking (18–8)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScoreRef.
Winner1.1981World ChampionshipWales Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy18–12[27]
Winner2.1983World Championship (2)Canada Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn18–6[27]
Winner31983International OpenCanada Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn9–4[182]
Winner4.1984ClassicEngland Meo, TonyTony Meo9–8[44]
Winner5.1984World Championship (3)England White, JimmyJimmy White18–16[27]
Winner6.1984International Open (2)England Knowles, TonyTony Knowles9–2[182]
Winner7.1984UK ChampionshipNorthern Ireland Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins16–8[37]
Runner-up1.1985World ChampionshipNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor17–18[27]
Winner8.1985Grand PrixNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor10–9[183]
Winner9.1985UK Championship (2)England Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne16–14[37]
Winner10.1986British OpenEngland Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne12–7[184]
Runner-up2.1986World Championship (2)England Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson12–18[27]
Winner11.1986UK Championship (3)England Foulds, NealNeal Foulds16–7[37]
Winner12.1987Classic (2)England White, JimmyJimmy White13–12[44]
Winner13.1987World Championship (4)England Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson18–14[27]
Winner14.1987International Open (3)Canada Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn12–5[182]
Winner15.1987UK Championship (4)England White, JimmyJimmy White16–14[37]
Winner16.1988Classic (3)England Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott13–12[44]
Winner17.1988World Championship (5)Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths18–11[27]
Winner18.1988International Open (4)England White, JimmyJimmy White12–6[182]
Runner-up3.1988Canadian MastersEngland White, JimmyJimmy White4–9[185]
Winner19.1988Grand Prix (2)Northern Ireland Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins10–6[183]
Winner20.1989World Championship (6)England Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott18–3[27]
Winner21.1989International Open (5)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry9–4[182]
Winner22.1989Grand Prix (3)England Reynolds, DeanDean Reynolds10–0[183]
Runner-up4.1989UK ChampionshipScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry12–16[37]
Runner-up5.1990Dubai ClassicScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry1–9[186]
Runner-up6.1990UK Championship (2)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry15–16[37]
Runner-up7.1991Grand PrixScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry6–10[183]
Winner23.1992Classic (4)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry9–8[44]
Winner24.1992Asian OpenScotland McManus, AlanAlan McManus9–3[187]
Winner25.1993European OpenScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry10–4[188]
Winner26.1993British Open (2)Thailand Wattana, JamesJames Wattana10–2[184]
Runner-up8.1993Dubai Classic (2):Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry3–9[186]
Runner-up9.1993International OpenScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry6–10[189][190]
Runner-up10.1994Thailand OpenThailand Wattana, JamesJames Wattana7–9[191]
Winner27.1994Welsh OpenScotland McManus, AlanAlan McManus9–6[192]
Runner-up11.1995International Open (2)Scotland Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins5–9[189]
Winner28.1995Welsh Open (2)Scotland Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins9–3[192]
Runner-up12.2004Welsh OpenEngland O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan8–9[192]
Runner-up13.2005UK Championship (3)China Ding Junhui6–10[193]

Non-ranking finals: 75 (53 titles, 22 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
UK Championship (2–1)
Masters (3–0)
Premier League (4–3)
Other (44–18)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScoreRef.
Winner1.1980UK ChampionshipNorthern Ireland Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins16–6[37]
Winner2.1980ClassicNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor4–1[194]
Winner3.1981Yamaha Organs TrophyEngland Taylor, DavidDavid Taylor9–6[195]
Winner4.1981English Professional ChampionshipEngland Meo, TonyTony Meo9–3[196]
Winner5.1981International OpenNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor9–0[197]
Runner-up1.1981Northern Ireland ClassicEngland White, JimmyJimmy White9–11[198]
Winner6.1981UK Championship (2)Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths16–3[37]
Runner-up2.1982ClassicWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths8–9[194]
Winner7.1982MastersWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths9–5[199]
Winner8.1982Yamaha Organs Trophy (2)Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths9–7[195]
Winner9.1982Tolly Cobbold ClassicNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor8–3[200]
Runner-up3.1982Irish MastersWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths5–9[201]
Winner10.1982Pontin's ProfessionalWales Reardon, RayRay Reardon9–4[15]
Winner11.1982Australian MastersAustralia Charlton, EddieEddie Charlton[nb 12][202]
Winner12.1982Pot BlackAustralia Charlton, EddieEddie Charlton2–0[203]
Winner13.1982Scottish MastersNorthern Ireland Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins9–4[204]
Winner14.1983Classic (2)Canada Werbeniuk, BillBill Werbeniuk9–5[194]
Winner15.1983Tolly Cobbold Classic (2)Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths7–5[200]
Winner16.1983Irish MastersWales Reardon, RayRay Reardon9–2[201]
Winner17.1983Pot Black (2)Wales Reardon, RayRay Reardon2–0[203]
Winner18.1983Scottish Masters (2)England Knowles, TonyTony Knowles9–6[205]
Runner-up4.1983UK ChampionshipNorthern Ireland Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins15–16[37]
Winner19.1984International Masters (3)England Martin, DaveDave Martin[nb 13][206]
Winner20.1984Tolly Cobbold Classic (3)England Knowles, TonyTony Knowles8–2[200]
Winner21.1984Irish Masters (2)Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths9–1[201]
Runner-up5.1984Singapore MastersWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths[nb 14][207]
Winner22.1984Hong Kong MastersWales Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy4–2[208]
Winner23.1984Scottish Masters (3)England White, JimmyJimmy White9–4[204]
Winner24.1985English Professional Championship (2)England Knowles, TonyTony Knowles9–2[209]
Winner25.1985Singapore MastersWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths4–2[210]
Runner-up6.1985Hong Kong MastersWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths2–4[210]
Runner-up7.1985Canadian MastersNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor5–9[211]
Runner-up8.1985Kit-Kat Break for World ChampionsNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor5–9[212]
Winner26.1986Canadian MastersEngland Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne9–3[211]
Winner27.1986China MastersWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths3–0[213]
Runner-up9.1986Australian MastersNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor2–3[202]
Runner-up10.1986Matchroom TrophyEngland Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne9–10[214]
Winner28.1987Irish Masters (3)England Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne9–1[201]
Winner29.1987Matchroom LeagueEngland Foulds, NealNeal Foulds[nb 14][215]
Winner30.1987Hong Kong Masters (2)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry9–3[216]
Winner31.1988Masters (2)England Hallett, MikeMike Hallett9–0[199]
Winner32.1988Matchroom League (2)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry[nb 14][217]
Winner33.1988Irish Masters (4)England Foulds, NealNeal Foulds9–4[201]
Winner34.1988Matchroom Professional ChampionshipNorthern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor10–7[214]
Runner-up11.1989Dubai MastersEngland Foulds, NealNeal Foulds4–5[218]
Winner35.1988World MatchplayEngland Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott9–5[214]
Winner36.1989Norwich Union Grand PrixEngland White, JimmyJimmy White5–4[214]
Winner37.1989Matchroom League (3)England Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott[nb 14][217]
Winner38.1990Irish Masters (5)Northern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor9–4[201]
Winner39.1990Matchroom League (4)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry[nb 14][217]
Runner-up12.1990Norwich Union Grand PrixEngland Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott2–4[219]
Winner40.1991Irish Masters (6)England Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott9–5[201]
Runner-up13.1991Matchroom LeagueScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry[nb 14][217]
Winner41.1991European Masters LeagueThailand Wattana, JamesJames Wattana[nb 14][220]
Winner42.1991Pot Black (3)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry2–1[203]
Winner43.1991Continental Airlines London MastersScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry4–0[221]
Runner-up14.1991European ChallengeEngland White, JimmyJimmy White1–4[222]
Runner-up15.1991Scottish MastersEngland Hallett, MikeMike Hallett6–10[204]
Runner-up16.1991World MatchplayEngland Wilkinson, GaryGary Wilkinson11–18[223][224]
Winner44.1992Belgian ChallengeScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry10–9[214]
Winner45.1992Thailand MastersScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry6–3[218]
Runner-up17.1992Matchroom League (2)Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry2–9[214]
Winner46.1992Indian MastersEngland James, SteveSteve James9–6[214]
Winner47.1993Pot Black (4)England Hallett, MikeMike Hallett[nb 15][225]
Runner-up18.1993World Matchplay (2)Thailand Wattana, JamesJames Wattana4–9[226]
Winner48.1993Irish Masters (7)Scotland McManus, AlanAlan McManus9–4[201]
Winner49.1994Irish Masters (8)Scotland McManus, AlanAlan McManus9–8[201]
Runner-up19.1996Guangzhou MastersMalta Drago, TonyTony Drago2–6[227]
Runner-up20.1996Irish Masters (2)Wales Morgan, DarrenDarren Morgan8–9[201]
Runner-up21.1996European League (3)Republic of Ireland Doherty, KenKen Doherty5–10[214]
Winner50.1997Masters (3)England O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan10–8[199]
Winner51.1997China InternationalEngland White, JimmyJimmy White7–4[228]
Winner52.1998Red Bull ChallengeScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry[nb 14][229]
Runner-up22.2010World Seniors ChampionshipEngland White, JimmyJimmy White1–4[89]
Winner53.2013World Seniors ChampionshipEngland Bond, NigelNigel Bond2–1[134]

Variant event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScoreRef.
Runner-up1.2011World Seniors ChampionshipWales Morgan, DarrenDarren Morgan1–2[230]

Team finals: 11 (9 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipTeam/partnerOpponent(s) in the finalScoreRef.
Winner1.1981World Team Classic England Wales4–3[231]
Runner-up1.1982World Team Classic England Canada2–4[232]
Winner2.1982World Doubles ChampionshipEngland Meo, TonyTony MeoWales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths
Wales Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy
13–2[233]
Winner3.1983World Team Classic (2) England Wales4–2[234]
Winner4.1983World Doubles Championship (2)England Meo, TonyTony MeoEngland White, JimmyJimmy White
England Knowles, TonyTony Knowles
10–2[235]
Runner-up2.1985World Cup (2) England All Ireland7–9[236][237]
Winner5.1985World Doubles Championship (3)England Meo, TonyTony MeoWales Reardon, RayRay Reardon
England Jones, TonyTony Jones
12–5[238]
Winner6.1986World Doubles Championship (4)England Meo, TonyTony MeoScotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry
England Hallett, MikeMike Hallett
12–3[239]
Winner7.1988World Cup (3) England Australia9–7[196]
Winner8.1989World Cup (4) England Rest of the World9–8[236]
Winner9.1991World MastersEngland Fisher, AllisonAllison FisherEngland White, JimmyJimmy White
England Walch, CarolineCaroline Walch
6–3[240]

Pro-am finals: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScoreRef.
Winner1.1978Pontin's Spring OpenEngland Meo, TonyTony Meo7–6[15]
Winner2.1979Pontin's Spring OpenEngland White, JimmyJimmy White7–4[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event ran under different names as Australian Masters (1979/1980 to 1987/1988 and 1995/1996), Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995).
  4. ^ The event ran under different name as German Open (1995/1996 to 1997/1998).
  5. ^ The event ran under different name as Professional Players Tournament (1982/1983 and 1983/1984), LG Cup (2001/2002 to 2003/2004) and Grand Prix (1984/1985 to 2000/2001 and 2004/2005 to 2009/2010).
  6. ^ The event ran under different names as China International (1997/1998 and 1998/1999)
  7. ^ The event ran under different names such as International Open (1981/1982 to 1984/1985, 1986/1987 to 1996/1997), Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986) and Players Championship (2003/2004).
  8. ^ The event ran under different names such as British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982 to 1983/1984).
  9. ^ The event ran under different names such as Asian Open (1989/1990 to 1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994 to 1996/1997).
  10. ^ The event ran under different names such as European Open (1988/1989 to 1996/1997 and 2001/2002 to 2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999).
  11. ^ The event ran under different name as European League (1992/1993 to 1996/1997).
  12. ^ Final decided on an aggregate score over three frames
  13. ^ Final was decided on a three-man round robin basis, the third person was England John Dunning.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h No play-off. Winner decided via a league format.
  15. ^ Information about score of the final is not available.

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