Profile Born in Brentwood, Essex, England’s Steve Davis is a six-time world champion of snooker and widely considered one of the best players ever.
At a young age, Steve Davis showed amazing skills at billiards and snooker, the latter of which he revolutionised in the 1980s. He turned professional in 1978 and two years later he had established himself as one of the premier players in the game, winning the first of six career UK Championship titles. He set himself apart by his uncanny ability to read the game and maintain focus under severe pressure. The latter quality earned him the nickname “The Nugget”.
In 1981, he reached his first Embassy World Championship final in which he defeated Welshman Doug Mountjoy 18-12. He had replaced the former generation of Mountjoy, Terry Griffiths and Alex Higgins, among others, by a new generation represented by himself. The pressure of being the best was initially heavy, as he crashed out in the first round of the 1982 World Championship. However, he recaptured his crown in 1983 and won five out of seven editions from 1983 to 1989, including three in a row from 1987 to 1989. Davis’ record six Embassy titles was broken by Stephen Hendry in 1999. In total, Davis won 28 career ranking events. Since the late 1970s, Davis has been a consistent force in the snooker world performing at a high level for nearly three decades. In 2005, he finished runner-up in the UK Championship, which he won a record six times from 1980 to 1987. Davis has been ranked in or near the world’s top 16 in every year since he turned professional.
Apart from his excellence in snooker, Davis is also a world class pool and poker player.