Jamie Burnett

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Jamie Burnett
Jamie Burnett at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-29 01.jpg
Jamie Burnett at the 2014 German Masters
Born (1975-09-16) 16 September 1975 (age 42)
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Sport country  Scotland
Professional 1992–2017
Highest ranking 27 (1999/2000)
Career winnings £654,749[1]
Highest break 148 (2004 UK Championship Qualifying)
Century breaks 136[2]
Best ranking finish Runner-up (2010 Shanghai Masters)

Jamie Burnett (born 16 September 1975) is a Scottish former professional snooker player from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.


Burnett made his mark in the 1997 German Open by reaching the quarter finals and equalled his best run the following year in the 1998 Grand Prix.In a 1997/98 season dominated by Stephen Hendry, Burnett claimed two victories over the world number one as well as recorded victories over Stephen Lee and Mark Williams. He made his first appearance in the final stages of the World Championship in 1996, when he led Terry Griffiths 5–0 and 9–5 before losing 9–10. His second appearance did not come until 2009, equalling Barry Pinches' record for the longest gap between Crucible appearances.[3]

During the qualifying stages of the 2004 UK Championship, he achieved the impressive feat of becoming the first ever player to compile a break over 147 in a professional match, in which he made a break of 148 against Leo Fernandez. After being awarded a free ball Burnett took the brown as an extra red, then a brown, then added 15 reds and 12 blacks, two pinks and a blue. He then potted the colours to complete a historic and remarkable 148 break. He afterwards commented "I didn't really know how to react afterwards. At first I thought it was no big deal, but then I realised I'd made history."[4][5]

Burnett qualified for the 2008 UK Championship, losing 3–9 to his practice partner Stephen Maguire in the first round. Bookmakers ceased taking bets on the exact scoreline after a surge of bets for that result.[6] In frame 12 Burnett had a chance to make the scoreline 4–8, missing a straightforward final black by so much that BBC analyst John Parrott suggested that an amateur player would be unhappy. The BBC's Clive Everton commented that the circumstances of the final two frames merited investigation. Everton said in commentary "I've seen some things in my time including someone with Nougat sticks instead of legs, but if this match isn't investigated I'll eat my own kidney!"[7]

The World Snooker Association decided to investigate the circumstances behind the result,[8][9] before a formal police investigation was launched, days before Burnett met Maguire in the 2009 World Championship.[10] Following a report from Strathclyde Police, the Crown announced that it had found insufficient evidence to justify a criminal prosecution.[11]

Burnett qualified for the 2010 Shanghai Masters. He started in the wildcard round, and benefitted from Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrawal of the main draw to receive a bye to the second round. Burnett then beat Andrew Higginson, Mark Davis (coming back from 0–3 and 1–4), and Jamie Cope en route to his first ranking event final, where he was defeated 7–10 by world number 4 Ali Carter.

Burnett could not qualify for a single ranking tournament during the 2011/2012 season.[12] He finished it ranked world number 39 and needed to perform well in the first three tournaments of next season, before he lost the large amount of ranking points he gained for reaching the 2010 final in Shanghai.[13]

Burnett did start the new season strongly as he qualified for the first two ranking events, the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open. In Wuxi he beat Neil Robertson 5–1 in the first round, before losing to Mark Davis 3–5.[14] In Australia Burnett defeated world number one Mark Selby 5–3,[15][16] but then exited the tournament in the second round again following a 1–5 defeat to Marco Fu, with Burnett bemoaning a lack of consistency in his game.[17] Despite this he then almost won his first professional title at the minor-ranking Gdynia Open, which formed part of the Players Tour Championship series, by reaching the final where he faced Neil Robertson. He trailed 0–3 in the best of seven frames match, but came back to level the match at 3–3. The decider lasted 52 minutes with Burnett missing a black off its spot with one red left to lose 3–4.[18] However, his run to the final helped him to qualify for the Finals by finishing 12th on the PTC Order of Merit.[19] In the Finals he faced Robertson once more and was beaten again, this time by a 2–4 scoreline.[14] Burnett also qualified for the International Championship, but lost 3–6 to Stephen Maguire in the first round.[20] From December 2012 until the end of the season Burnett could not win another match, culminating in a 6–10 loss to Yu Delu in the third round of World Championship Qualifying.[21] He ended the season where he began it, ranked world number 39.[22]

Jamie Burnett at the 2014 German Masters.

Burnett's deepest run in a ranking event in the 2013/2014 season was at the German Masters where he beat Ratchayothin Yotharuck 5–2, Joel Walker 5–2, before losing 5–1 to Xiao Guodong in the last 16.[23] He won three matches in World Championship concluding with a 10–8 victory over Ben Woollaston to reach the Crucible for the fourth time.[24] Burnett led Joe Perry 6–3 after the opening session, but was defeated 10–7 and said afterwards that he was not enjoying snooker any more and that it was becoming a chore.[25]

He began the 2014/2015 season with a quarter-final showing at the Yixing Open, where he lost 4–2 to Ding Junhui.[26] Burnett overcame Matthew Stevens 6–1 in the first round of the International Championship and then knocked out Judd Trump 6–5. Despite this apparent big win against a top eight player, Burnett did not think he had played well due to needing three or four chances to win each frame.[27] He reached the quarter-finals with a 6–2 victory over Peter Ebdon, but had his mistakes punished by Ricky Walden in a 6–1 thrashing.[28] Burnett could not win a match at a ranking event during the rest of the season. He did win two games in World Championship qualifying, before losing 10–6 to Craig Steadman.[26]

Three qualifying wins saw Burnett play at the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open and he lost 5–3 to Joe Perry in round one. His best run of the 2015/2016 season was at the UK Championship, where wins over Sanderson Lam, Alan McManus and Li Hang saw him reach the last 16.[29] Burnett recovered from a 4–1 deficit against John Higgins to level, but would be defeated 6–4.[30] He entered the first three events of the 2016/2017 season, but has now not played a professional match since July 2016 and has been relegated from the tour.[31]

Career finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2010 Shanghai Masters England Ali Carter 7–10

Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2012 Gdynia Open Australia Neil Robertson 3–4


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  2. ^ "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Twice-Champ Williams Secures Crucible Place
  4. ^ "Scot Burnett compiles 148 break". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Burnett's break goes one better". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  6. ^ The Canadian Press[dead link]
  7. ^ Scots Snooker Stars Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett in betting probe
  8. ^ "World Snooker investigate Jamie Burnett betting suspension". The Daily Telegraph. 15 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Burnett match to be investigated". BBC News. 18 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Police Investigate Snooker Match". BBC News. BBC. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Snooker 'match fixing' probe into Scots duo Stephen Maguire & Jamie Burnett dropped". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jamie Burnett". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Jamie Burnett 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Australian Open 2012: Mark Selby loses to Jamie Burnett". 11 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Brilliant Burnett Knocks Out Selby". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ebdon Grinds Down Ding". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Robertson in Pole Position". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "International Championship (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List for the 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Jamie Burnett seals Crucible spot". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Jamie Burnett 'fed up' with game". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Jamie Burnett 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "Three-Ton Rocket Crushes McGill". World Snooker. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  28. ^ "Milkins and Walden into Semis". World Snooker. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  30. ^ "UK Snooker Championship: Robertson and Higgins set for quarter-finals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  31. ^ "Jamie Burnett 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

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