Liverpool’s Rod Lawler is a former ranking event finalist and world number 20 who has been an ever-present on the tour for over 30 years.
His career-best run to date came at the 1996 International Open in Swindon where Lawler defeated reigning world champion Stephen Hendry on his way to the final where he would lose to another young Scot John Higgins.
Though not a full ranking event, Lawler would go one better some 16 years later at the UK PTC3 event in Gloucester, defeating Marco Fu 4-2 to claim his first professional title in front of his proud father.
Other notable achievements include his semi-final run at the 2014 German Masters in Berlin, while he has reached the last eight of a ranking event on four further occasions.
He has competed at the televised stages of the World Championship on two occasions (1995 & 1996), defeating former world champion and fellow Liverpudlian John Parrott to reach the last 16 on his second appearance before losing to Dave Harold.
Lawler also reached the final of the Masters qualifying event in 1994, suffering defeat against Welshman Mark Williams.
WST Minor-Ranking Event Titles (1)
- 2012/13: Players Tour Championship Event 3