Triple Crown (snooker)

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The Triple Crown in snooker is winning three tournaments, the World Championship, the UK Championship, and the Masters. These three events together make up the Triple Crown Series. Each individual tournament is called a Triple Crown event. Players who win all three tournaments are said to have "won the Triple Crown", either over their career, or in one season alone. The Triple Crown dates back to the 1969 World Snooker Championship, when the event changed reverted to a knockout format from the prior "challenge" basis.

As of 2020, 11 players have won all three events. Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan won each event five times or more. O'Sullivan has the most titles, having won 19 individual tournaments. Three players have won all three in the space of a season. Mark Williams, Steve Davis each won all three and Hendry having done so on two occasions.

Tournament winners[change | change source]

By season[change | change source]

A list of all winners of the three Triple Crown events is shown below by season:

Season UK Championship[1][2] The Masters[3][4] World Championship[5][6] Ref.
1968–69 started in 1977/1978 started in 1974/1975  John Spencer (ENG) (1/4) [7]
1969–70  Ray Reardon (WAL) (1/7) [7]
1970–71  John Spencer (ENG) (2/4) [7]
1971–72  Alex Higgins (NIR) (1/5) [7]
1972–73  Ray Reardon (WAL) (2/7) [7]
1973–74  Ray Reardon (WAL) (3/7) [7]
1974–75  John Spencer (ENG) (3/4)  Ray Reardon (WAL) (4/7) [8][7]
1975–76  Ray Reardon (WAL)dagger (5/7)  Ray Reardon (WAL)dagger (6/7) [8][7]
1976–77  Doug Mountjoy (WAL) (1/3)  John Spencer (ENG) (4/4) [8][7]
1977–78  Patsy Fagan (IRL)  Alex Higgins (NIR) (2/5)  Ray Reardon (WAL) (7/7) [8][7]
1978–79  Doug Mountjoy (WAL) (2/3)  Perrie Mans (RSA)  Terry Griffiths (WAL) (1/3) [8][7]
1979–80  John Virgo (ENG)  Terry Griffiths (WAL) (2/3)  Cliff Thorburn (CAN) (1/4) [9][8][7]
1980–81  Steve Davis (ENG)dagger (1/15)  Alex Higgins (NIR) (3/5)  Steve Davis (ENG)dagger (2/15) [9][8][7]
1981–82  Steve Davis (ENG)dagger (3/15)  Steve Davis (ENG)dagger (4/15)  Alex Higgins (NIR) (4/5) [9][8][7]
1982–83  Terry Griffiths (WAL) (3/3)  Cliff Thorburn (CAN) (2/4)  Steve Davis (ENG) (5/15) [9][8][7]
1983–84  Alex Higgins (NIR) (5/5)  Jimmy White (ENG) (1/2)  Steve Davis (ENG) (6/15) [9][8][7]
1984–85  Steve Davis (ENG) (7/15)  Cliff Thorburn (CAN) (3/4)  Dennis Taylor (NIR) (1/2) [9][8][7]
1985–86  Steve Davis (ENG) (8/15)  Cliff Thorburn (CAN) (4/4)  Joe Johnson (ENG) [9][8][7]
1986–87  Steve Davis (ENG)dagger (9/15)  Dennis Taylor (NIR) (2/2)  Steve Davis (ENG)dagger (10/15) [9][8][7]
1987–88  Steve Davis (ENG)double-dagger (11/15)  Steve Davis (ENG)double-dagger (12/15)  Steve Davis (ENG)double-dagger (13/15) [9][8][7]
1988–89  Doug Mountjoy (WAL) (3/3)  Stephen Hendry (SCO) (1/18)  Steve Davis (ENG) (14/15) [9][8][7]
1989–90  Stephen Hendry (SCO)double-dagger (2/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)double-dagger (3/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)double-dagger (4/18) [9][8][7]
1990–91  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (5/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (6/18)  John Parrott (ENG) (1/2) [9][8][7]
1991–92  John Parrott (ENG) (2/2)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (7/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (8/18) [9][8][7]
1992–93  Jimmy White (ENG) (2/2)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (9/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (10/18) [9][8][7]
1993–94  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (1/19)  Alan McManus (SCO)  Stephen Hendry (SCO) (11/18) [9][8][7]
1994–95  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (12/18)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (2/19)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)dagger (13/18) [9][8][7]
1995–96  Stephen Hendry (SCO)double-dagger (14/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)double-dagger (15/18)  Stephen Hendry (SCO)double-dagger (16/18) [9][8][7]
1996–97  Stephen Hendry (SCO) (17/18)  Steve Davis (ENG) (15/15)  Ken Doherty (IRL) [9][8][7]
1997–98  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (3/19)  Mark Williams (WAL) (1/7)  John Higgins (SCO) (1/9) [9][8][7]
1998–99  John Higgins (SCO)dagger (2/9)  John Higgins (SCO)dagger (3/9)  Stephen Hendry (SCO) (18/18) [9][8][7]
1999–2000  Mark Williams (WAL)dagger (2/7)  Matthew Stevens (WAL) (1/2)  Mark Williams (WAL)dagger (3/7) [9][8][7]
2000–01  John Higgins (SCO) (4/9)  Paul Hunter (ENG) (1/3)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (4/19) [9][8][7]
2001–02  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (5/19)  Paul Hunter (ENG) (2/3)  Peter Ebdon (ENG) (1/2) [9][8][7]
2002–03  Mark Williams (WAL)double-dagger (4/7)  Mark Williams (WAL)double-dagger (5/7)  Mark Williams (WAL)double-dagger (6/7) [9][8][7]
2003–04  Matthew Stevens (WAL) (2/2)  Paul Hunter (ENG) (3/3)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (6/19) [9][8][7]
2004–05  Stephen Maguire (SCO)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (7/19)  Shaun Murphy (ENG) (1/3) [9][8][7]
2005–06  Ding Junhui (CHN) (1/4)  John Higgins (SCO) (5/9)  Graeme Dott (SCO) [9][8][7]
2006–07  Peter Ebdon (ENG) (2/2)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (8/19)  John Higgins (SCO) (6/9) [9][8][7]
2007–08  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG)dagger (9/19)  Mark Selby (ENG) (1/8)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG)dagger (10/19) [9][8][7]
2008–09  Shaun Murphy (ENG) (2/3)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (11/19)  John Higgins (SCO) (7/9) [9][8][7]
2009–10  Ding Junhui (CHN) (2/4)  Mark Selby (ENG) (2/8)  Neil Robertson (AUS) (1/4) [9][8][7]
2010–11  John Higgins (SCO)dagger (8/9)  Ding Junhui (CHN) (3/4)  John Higgins (SCO)dagger (9/9) [9][8][7]
2011–12  Judd Trump (ENG) (1/3)  Neil Robertson (AUS) (2/4)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (12/19) [10][11][12]
2012–13  Mark Selby (ENG) (3/8)  Mark Selby (ENG) (4/8)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (13/19) [13][14][15]
2013–14  Neil Robertson (AUS) (3/4)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (14/19)  Mark Selby (ENG) (5/8) [16][17][18]
2014–15  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (15/19)  Shaun Murphy (ENG) (3/3)  Stuart Bingham (ENG) (1/2) [19][20][21]
2015–16  Neil Robertson (AUS) (4/4)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (16/19)  Mark Selby (ENG) (6/8) [22][23][24]
2016–17  Mark Selby (ENG)dagger (7/8)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (17/19)  Mark Selby (ENG)dagger (8/8) [25][26][27]
2017–18  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (18/19)  Mark Allen (NIR)  Mark Williams (WAL) (7/7) [28][29][30]
2018–19  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (19/19)  Judd Trump (ENG)dagger (2/3)  Judd Trump (ENG)dagger (3/3) [31][32][33]
2019–20  Ding Junhui (CHN) (4/4)  Stuart Bingham (ENG) (2/2) [34][35]
Legend
Player won all three Triple Crown tournaments in the same season double-dagger
Player won two Triple Crown tournaments in the same season dagger

Multiple Triple Crown event winners[change | change source]

Player Total World Championship[7] UK Championship[9] Masters[8] Winning span
England Ronnie O'Sullivandaggerdouble-dagger 19 5 7 7 1993–2018
Scotland Stephen Hendrydouble-dagger 18 7 5 6 1989–1999
England Steve Davisdouble-dagger 15 6 6 3 1980–1997
Scotland John Higginsdaggerdouble-dagger 9 4 3 2 1998–2011
England Mark Selbydaggerdouble-dagger 8 3 2 3 2008–2017
Wales Ray Reardon 7 6 0 1 1970–1978
Wales Mark Williamsdaggerdouble-dagger 7 3 2 2 1998–2018
Northern Ireland Alex Higginsdouble-dagger 5 2 1 2 1972–1983
England John Spencer 4 3 0 1 1969–1977
Australia Neil Robertsondaggerdouble-dagger 4 1 2 1 2010–2015
Canada Cliff Thorburn 4 1 0 3 1980–1986
China Ding Junhuidagger 4 0 3 1 2005–2019
Wales Terry Griffithsdouble-dagger 3 1 1 1 1979–1982
England Shaun Murphydaggerdouble-dagger 3 1 1 1 2005–2015
England Judd Trumpdaggerdouble-dagger 3 1 1 1 2011–2019
Wales Doug Mountjoy 3 0 2 1 1977–1988
England Paul Hunter 3 0 0 3 2001–2004
England Peter Ebdon 2 1 1 0 2002–2006
England John Parrott 2 1 1 0 1991–1991
England Stuart Binghamdagger 2 1 0 1 2015–2020
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 2 1 0 1 1985–1987
Wales Matthew Stevensdagger 2 0 1 1 2000–2003
England Jimmy Whitedagger 2 0 1 1 1984–1992
Legend
Player has won all Triple Crown events at least once double-dagger
The names of active players are marked in bold dagger

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