Jimmy White – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

    Jimmy White Player Profile

    DOB: May 2, 1962 Nationality: England First Turned Pro: 1980
    Highest Ranking: 2 Ranking Titles: 10 147 Breaks: 1

    SHQ Stars: ★★★★★★


    Jimmy White will perhaps forever be most remembered for his failure to win the game’s biggest prize – the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

    The Whirlwind reached the final at the Crucible Theater six times, only to infamously come up just short on all six occasions.

    White lost his first World Championship title decider in 1984 and then five more in successive years between 1990 and 1994, including four painful reverses against Stephen Hendry.

    While those near misses will haunt him and his legion of fans, it can be easy for many to forget that he still experienced a stellar career overall.

    One of the most popular players ever, White turned professional in 1980 after triumphing in the IBSF World Amateur Championship, and he quickly began making a name for himself.

    In 1984, in front of a large following in his hometown of London, he secured victory in the prestigious Masters.

    Eight years later, White landed the biggest ranking title of his career with success in the 1992 UK Championship.

    There was regular silverware obtained elsewhere at the Grand Prix, British Open, the Classic, and the World Matchplay – each of which he won twice.

    For a decade between the end of the 1980s and into the first half of the 1990s, White was ranked among the world’s top four in the rankings list – reaching a career-high of number two.

    After slipping outside the top 16 amid a poor run of form, he made a resurgence at the start of the new millennium and captured a tenth ranking title in 2004 at the Players Championship.

    Still competing on the main tour thanks to invitational tour cards, White continues to enjoy the game and has performed strongly on the World Seniors Snooker Tour.

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    Ranking Event Victories

    1. 1986 Classic
    2. 1986 Grand Prix
    3. 1987British Open
    4. 1988 Canadian Masters
    5. 1991 Classic
    6. 1992 European Open
    7. 1992British Open
    8. 1992 Grand Prix
    9. 1992 UK Championship
    10. 2004 Players Championship

    Other Notable Victories

    • The Masters (1984)
    • World Matchplay (1989, 1990)
    • World Masters (1991)
    • Irish Masters (1985, 1986)
    • World Cup (1988, 1989)
    • Nations Cup (2000)
    • World Doubles Championship (1984)
    • Pot Black (1986)
    • Scottish Masters (1981)
    • European (Premier) League (1993)
    • Carlsberg Challenge (1984, 1985)
    • Thailand Masters (1984)
    • Six Red World Championship (2009)
    • World Seniors Championship (2010, 2019, 2020)

    Featured photo credit: WST

    Jimmy White Player Profile

    SHQ Stars: How it works

    Rating SHQ Stars career Requirements
    Black ★★★★★★★ multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)
    Pink ★★★★★★ world champion; 10+ ranking titles; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)
    Blue ★★★★★ winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)
    Brown ★★★★ 2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)
    Green ★★★ ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)
    Yellow ★★ member of top 64
    Red professional

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