Andrew Higginson is on the professional tour for the second time. Having dropped off in his first attempt, he is performing very well at the second time of asking as his increasing world ranking shows. Andrew had not shone much prior to the 2007 Welsh Open, with just a quarter-final appearance at the preceding Malta cup to really speak of. However, he would beat the likes of Ali Carter, John Higgins, Michael Judge and Stephen Maguire to reach his first ever ranking final despite being unranked due to being on the secondary tour. He would eventually lose the final to Neil Robertson, albeit on a deciding frame, and managed a 147 against Carter on the way.
Although he would not repeat this run, Andrew continued to play solid Snooker on the tour, continually qualifying for more and more events, and would shine in the 2011/12 PTC series, winning an event by beating John Higgins in the final and finishing 6th in the order of merit.
Although not one of the most instantly recognisable stars of the sport, Andrew has developed as a player and is clearly embracing the busier calendar of the modern era. He has, in recent years, qualified for a much greater proportion of events and seen his ranking increase to the point where he could well see himself take a top 16 spot in the near future.
A player who possesses a growing reputation, we are sure to see much more of Andrew Higginson in the future and would be foolish to limit our expectations of what he could do.
Nickname: The Widnes Warrior
Date of Birth: 13.12.1977
Lives: Widnes, Cheshire
Professional Since: 1995
Current World Ranking: 22
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Welsh Open (2007)