Shaun Murphy profile

  • Last Updated: April 15 2014, 10:34 BST

World Championship 2014 - Shaun Murphy profile

Shaun Murphy: Crucible winner back in 2005
Shaun Murphy: Crucible winner back in 2005

Name: Shaun Murphy

Date of birth: 10/08/82 (31)

World ranking: 5

Crucible best: Winner 2005

Shaun Murphy will always hold a place in Crucible folklore after his shock victory there back in 2005.

He became only the third qualifier to win the World Championship and at the age of 22, was the second youngest player to win the title after Stephen Hendry who first won it when he was 21.

He was also the lowest ranked player, at number 48, to win the tournament and no player had won the World Championship as his first ranking event win since Joe Johnson in 1986.

Murphy reached the final again in 2009, when he was beaten by John Higgins, but the success many had predicted for 'The Magician' has not materialised, even though he has been an integral part of the top 10.

This season he won the World Open, beating Mark Selby in the final, to claim the fifth ranking title of his career but his first in three years.

He also reached the semi-finals of The Masters but Murphy will not be happy with that and once more he will be looking to make more headlines in Sheffield.

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