Mark King


2016 Northern Ireland Open Champion

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Mark King memorably claimed his first ranking event title after 25 years as a professional at the 2016 Northern Ireland Open with a 9-8 success against Barry Hawkins.

Having previously appeared in two finals in 1997 and 2004, King defeated players including Hossein Vafaei and Kyren Wilson before edging out Hawkins to claim the Belfast title. His emotional post-victory speech also saw him claim the ‘Magic Moment’ award from WST at the season’s annual awards night in London.

An ever-present on the World Snooker Tour since 1991, King was ranked within the world’s top 32 from 1996 to 2015 and has reached the last 16 of the World Championship on seven occasions, but to date is yet to reach his first quarter-final.

He achieved a career-high world ranking of 11th during the 2002/03 season and was most recently ranked inside of the top 16 during the 2010/11 season.

His best performance at a triple crown event came at the 2004 UK Championship, where he lost 9-4 to eventual champion Stephen Maguire in the semi-finals. He also made his career-high break of 146 in York just two years later at the same tournament.

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WST Ranking Event Titles (1)

  • 2016/17: Northern Ireland Open