Shaun “The Magician”, Murphy is noted for his straight, powerful cue action and his long potting.
His honesty, integrity and knowledge of the game make him one of the most respected players on the World Snooker Tour.
Born in Harlow and raised in Irthlingborough, Murphy turned professional in 1998. His victory at the World Championship was considered a major surprise as he was only the third qualifier to lift the title.
His other ranking tournament victories came in the 2007 Malta Cup, the 2008 UK Championship, the Players Tour Championship 2010/2011 – Finals and the 2014 World Open, while he reached a second World Championship final in 2009 and a third in 2015.
He has also won seven non-ranking tournaments, including the 2015 Masters, which completed his career Triple Crown.
Murphy has won over £3 million in prize money and has compiled more than 500 century breaks in his professional career.
His highest world ranking was number three, which he maintained for three seasons following 2007/2008.