Proverbial journeyman Rory McLeod, famed as being the only black professional snooker player, has carved a solid career from Snooker without really threatening to break through into the upper rankings of the game. Having turned professional in 1991, Mcleod was unable to establish himself on the main tour for ten years as he eventually qualified from the challenge tour. For many years he struggled to make any real impact on the game and it took him until 2009 to make his first appearance at the World Championships.
His improving form continued as he qualified for the prestigious Masters and reached a number of ranking events, though his impact on them has been limited. In the year 2011 he managed his best performances in ranking events, reaching the last 16 of the World Championship and Australian Goldfields Open.
Although Rory McLeod may still have failed to do anything of note on the tour, his recent form has overall been probably the strongest of his life as is reflected by his career ranking being higher than at any point in his long professional career. He will hope that he can use this experience to continue up the rankings, and with his undeniable talent we may yet see Rory McLeod’s name in the headlines in years to come.
Date of Birth: 26.03.1971
Lives: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Current World Ranking: 45
Highest Tournament Break: 145 – World Championship (2007)