Having given up Snooker for four years after his first failed attempt at the professional game, Martin Gould has made the most of his second opportunity on the tour and broken the top 16 in the world. A two-time winner of the English Amateur Championships, Gould reached a number of last 16’s in tournaments, and began to push up the rankings having become professional for the second time in 2007.
He first impressed on the big stage in the 2010 World Championship where he was extremely unlucky to lose 13-12 to the eventual winner of the tournament Neil Robertson. In the 2011/12 season Gould would climb into top 16 in the world for the first time with a series of consistent results.
Gould’s good form continued into the 2012/13 season as he secured his first professional title by beating Stephen Maguire in the final of the PTC Event 2 tournament.
And having got the taste of title-winning, he was soon at it again as he won the second professional title of his career, this time 2013’s Snooker Shoot-Out event against Mark Allen.
Martin is a tremendous potter and has over recent years produced consistent Snooker. Gould has had his most success in the PTC’s, reaching two finals in individual events, final of the Finals event in 2011 and winning the aforementioned title in 2012, which demonstrates his consistency, work rate and improving game. At this point in his career he has certainly shown examples of his ability which could make him a genuine contender on the biggest stage.
Although he is still searching for his maiden tour title, Martin Gould should be seen as one to watch as a potential surprise package in big tournaments who could really push on in the next few years.
Nickname: The Pinner Potter
Date of Birth: 14.08.1981
Lives: Pinner, Middlesex
Professional Since: 1999
Current World Ranking: 25
Highest Tournament Break: 139 – PTC11 (2011)
Ranking Tournament Wins: UKPTC2 (2012)