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Cliff Thorburn
Cliff Thorburn
Born 16 January 1948 (1948-01-16) (age 69)
Birthplace Victoria, British Columbia
Country Flag of Canada Canada
Died
Nickname The Grinder
Professional 1972-1996
Highest ranking #1 (1981/82)
Current rank
Career winnings £2,500,000
Highest break 147 (1983 World Championship and 1989 Matchroom League)
Best ranking 2
Non-ranking 14
World champion 1980

Clifford Charles Devlin Thorburn CM, known as Cliff Thorburn (born January 16, 1948 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a retired professional Canadian snooker player. A former world number one (one of only seven players to hold that spot), he was world snooker champion in 1980, one of only three players from outside the United Kingdom to win the world title in the modern era (along with Ken Doherty and Neil Robertson). In 1983, Thorburn became the first player to compile a 147 maximum break at the world championships. His slow, determined style of play earned him the nickname "The Grinder".

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World Snooker Champions
The early years
1927–1940 Joe Davis
Post-War to decline
1946 Joe Davis • 1947 Walter Donaldson • 1948–49 Fred Davis • 1950 Walter Donaldson • 1951 Fred Davis • 1952 Horace Lindrum
World Matchplay
1952–56 Fred Davis • 1957 John Pulman
Challenge matches
1964–68 John Pulman
The modern era (pre-Crucible)
1969 John Spencer • 1970 Ray Reardon • 1971 John Spencer • 1972 Alex Higgins • 1973–76 Ray Reardon
The Crucible Theatre
1977 John Spencer • 1978 Ray Reardon • 1979 Terry Griffiths • 1980 Cliff Thorburn • 1981 Steve Davis • 1982 Alex Higgins • 1983–84 Steve Davis • 1985 Dennis Taylor • 1986 Joe Johnson • 1987–89 Steve Davis • 1990 Stephen Hendry • 1991 John Parrott • 1992–96 Stephen Hendry • 1997 Ken Doherty • 1998 John Higgins • 1999 Stephen Hendry • 2000 Mark Williams • 2001 Ronnie O'Sullivan • 2002 Peter Ebdon • 2003 Mark Williams • 2004 Ronnie O'Sullivan • 2005 Shaun Murphy • 2006 Graeme Dott • 2007 John Higgins • 2008 Ronnie O'Sullivan • 2009 John Higgins
WPBSA world Number Ones in men's snooker
Ray ReardonCliff ThorburnSteve DavisStephen HendryJohn HigginsMark WilliamsRonnie O'SullivanNeil RobertsonMark SelbyJudd TrumpDing Junhui
Current No. 1 in bold

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