Modern Day Professional World Snooker Champions

The road to joining the ‘Professional World snooker Champions’ has taken various routes over the years to fulfill that great accolade. From 1969, the modern day snooker tournament was born and has run ever since. Prior to this date there had been various formats including a challenge match format where there could be more than one challenge each year. For most, the modern day world snooker championship as we know it started here.

So, who is the greatest player of the modern era? Well I’ll leave that one for you to decide but leading the pack with the most World Snooker Titles in the modern era is Stephen Hendry (Scotland) becoming World Professional Snooker Champion no less than 7 times!

Here is a list of ‘Modern Day Professional World Snooker Champions’ since this date:

Modern Day Professional World Snooker Champions

Year Winner Nationality
1969 John Spencer England
1970 Ray Reardon Wales
1971 John Spencer England
1972 Alex Higgins Northern Ireland
1973 Ray Reardon Wales
1974 Ray Reardon Wales
1975 Ray Reardon Wales
1976 Ray Reardon Wales
1977 John Spencer England
1978 Ray Reardon Wales
1979 Terry Griffiths Wales
1980 Cliff Thorburn Canada
1981 Steve Davis England
1982 Alex Higgins Northern Ireland
1983 Steve Davis England
1984 Steve Davis England
1985 Dennis Taylor Northern Ireland
1986 Joe Johnson England
1987 Steve Davis England
1988 Steve Davis England
1989 Steve Davis England
1990 Stephen Hendry Scotland
1991 John Parrott England
1992 Stephen Hendry Scotland
1993 Stephen Hendry Scotland
1994 Stephen Hendry Scotland
1995 Stephen Hendry Scotland
1996 Stephen Hendry Scotland
1997 Ken Doherty Republic of Ireland
1998 John Higgins Scotland
1999 Stephen Hendry Scotland
2000 Mark Williams Wales
2001 Ronnie O’Sullivan England
2002 Peter Ebdon England
2003 Mark Williams Wales
2004 Ronnie O’Sullivan England
2005 Shaun Murphy England
2006 Graeme Dott Scotland
2007 John Higgins Scotland
2008 Ronnie O’Sullivan England
2009 John Higgins Scotland
2010 Neil Robertson Australia
2011 John Higgins Scotland
2012 Ronnie O’Sullivan England
2013 Ronnie O’Sullivan England
2014 Mark Selby England
2015 Stuart Bingham England
2016 Mark Selby England
World Snooker Champions – Pre 1969