Born in Glasgow on 13 March 1981, Stephen Maguire first began to play snooker at an early age, his grandfather famously building him a snooker room in which he could practice.
Winner of the World Amateur Championship in 2000, Stephen showed his potential early as he became the youngest player at that time to make a maximum 147 break in professional competition just a fortnight after his 19th birthday. He quickly began to climb the professional rankings, breaking into the top 64 in 2001/2 and the top 48 a couple of seasons later.
His big breakthrough however came at the 2004 European Open, when he defeated Peter Ebdon, Joe Perry, John Higgins, Stephen Lee and finally Jimmy White 9-3 to claim his maiden ranking event title.
He soon followed that by successfully qualifying to play at the Crucible stages of the World Championship for the first time, losing 10-6 to eventual champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round.
Up into the top 32 for the first time in his career, Stephen reached the final of the British Open, before going on to claim victory at the sport’s second most prestigious ranking event, the 2004 UK Championship with a 10-1 demolition of David Gray.
Although he would again lose out to O’Sullivan come the end of the season at the Crucible, Stephen’s performances over a two-year period were enough to see him break into the world’s top 16 for the first time at number three.
Further silverware would come at the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy and the 2008 China Open tournaments, either side of a run to a second UK Championship final. He also made it to the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time in 2007, unfortunately losing out to fellow Scot John Higgins 17-15.
His results were impressive enough to see him climb another position to a career-high number two in the rankings between 2008-2010.
The following seasons would see Stephen maintain a high level of consistency, reaching a further three ranking event finals and the semi-finals of the World Championship for a second time. He also won Players Tour Championship events in Germany and Gloucester, England, later in 2012.
He would however return to the winner’s circle in major events at the 2013 Welsh Open, recovering from 7-5 down against Stuart Bingham to claim a 9-8 victory with a break of 82 in the deciding frame.
Since then Stephen has added victories at the 2014 Lisbon Open and 2014 Six Red World Championship tournaments.
Please visit Cuetracker.net for Stephen’s full career statistics.
Ranking Event Wins (5)
|Northern Ireland Trophy||2007|
Minor Ranking Event Wins (3)
|Players Tour Championship||2011/12 (Event 12)|
|Players Tour Championship||2012/13 (Event 1)|
|European Tour||2014/15 (Event 5)|
Non-Ranking Wins (2)
|Six Red World Championship||2014|
|Pro Challenge Series Event One||2009|
Other Wins (1)
|IBSF World Amateur Championship||2000|