Stephen Hendry Stephen Hendry Personal Information Date of birth January 13, 1969 Nickname The Golden Boy, The Maestro Nationality Scottish Career Professional 1985-current 2005/6 World Ranking 2 Best World Ranking 1 (8 years) World Championship Best Winner (7 times) Highest Break 147 (8 times) Ranking Tournament Wins World Championship 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1999 Rothmans Grand Prix 1987, 1990, 1991 Skoda Grand Prix 1995 British Open 1988, 1991, 1999, 2003 Asian Open 1989, 1990 Dubai Duty Free Classic 1989, 1990, 1993 UK Championship 1989, 1990, 1994 - 1996 Regal Welsh Open 1992, 1997, 2003 Sky Sports International Open 1993 International Open 1997 Regal Scottish Open 1999 European Open 1994, 1995, 2001 Thailand Masters 1998 Malta Cup 2005 Other Tournament Wins Benson & Hedges Masters 1989 - 1993, 1996 Irish Masters 1992, 1997, 1999 Malta Grand Prix 1998, 2001 Stephen Hendry MBE (born January 13, 1969 in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross) is a Scottish professional snooker player. Hendry has won the World Snooker Championship seven times, a record for the modern era, and is thus regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Hendry started his career early. He was Scottish Amateur Champion at the age of 15, and turned professional aged just 16.
Hendry first won the World Professional Snooker Championship in 1990 at the age of 21, becoming the youngest player ever to win the event. He went on to dominate the game in the 1990s. His most recent win in 1999 was his seventh, eclipsing rival Steve Davis' six modern-era victories.
Hendry holds several snooker records. He has earned more prize money than any other player (about ┬ú8 million). He has scored the most 147 breaks (eight), and he is the only player to have scored a 147 in a deciding frame. He has also compiled the most century breaks, currently over 700, and he holds the most ranking event titles (36). He is the winner of 6 Masters titles, 5 of which were in a row. He won 7 World titles (5 in a row) and he collected over 18 major titles (World, UK, Masters).
In 1990/1991, despite not winning the World Championships, he won an amazing five ranking events, a record for a single season. During this time Hendry clocked up the longest unbeaten run in snooker history, spanning 10 months and over 5 events. Hendry was ranked number 1 from 1990 to 1998 in a record-reaking 8 season streak. As of the start of 2006 he has won 68 professional titles in total - five less than Steve Davis' record of 73.
Hendry was awarded an MBE in 1994 and voted BBC Scotland's Sports Personality of the Year in 1987 and 1996. He has also been voted World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Player of the Year on seven occasions.
He was married to Mandy in 1995, and has two sons - Blaine (1996) and Carter (2004). In his spare time, he likes playing golf and poker with his good friend and two times World Snooker Champion Mark Williams. Both are coached by Terry Griffiths, the 1979 World Champion. He supports Scottish football team Heart of Midlothian F.C.
He played in the 2005 World Series of Poker.