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Ken Doherty
Born: September 17, 1969
Lives: Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
Nickname: "The Darling of Dublin"
Turned pro: 1990
Highest pro break 142 (1997 European League)
Highest ranked: 3 (1997)
Current ranking: 5
World Championship best: Winner (1997)
Best ranking event performance: Winner of five tournaments- Regal Welsh 1993 2001; Embassy World Championship 1997; Rothmans Malta Grand Prix 2000; Thailand Masters 2001
Major invitation tournament victories: Benson & Hedges Irish Masters 1998; Regal Scottish Masters 1993, 1994
Career centuries: 202
Speciality: Escaping from snookers
Achievements: Became the first man to have won both the Amateur World Championship and the Professional World Championship, when he lifted the Crucible trophy in 1997 after ending Stephen Hendry's five-year spell in the competition. (He has also won the World Under-21 Championship!) The following year he was runner-up to John Higgins. Ken Doherty's other ranking wins came in the 1993 and 2001 Welsh Open and the 2000 Rothmans Malta Grand Prix.
Among his 15 titles are also the 1996 European League, the 1997 Rothmans Grand Prix and the 1998 Doc Martens Premier League.

Miscellaneous Doherty was originally beaten by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final of the 1998 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters, but was awarded the title after Ronnie failed a drug test