Lawler narrowly missed out on a place in the last 32 in the 2009 China Open, winning three qualifying matches, the last of which was against Matthew Stevens, to reach the venue in Beijing, only to lose 35 to local wildcard Yu Delu.In 2010 however, Lawler did reach the last 32 of the China Open, winning three qualifying matches against Matthew Selt, Dominic Dale, and Ricky Walden.
Maguire won the third on the pink after O'Sullivan missed the yellow. O'Sullivan won the next with a break of 51, before Maguire made a break of 71 in each of the final two frames. After the match, O'Sullivanwho had won all three previous encounters against Maguiresaid, "I've never seen anything like that on a snooker table before... Maguire made century breaks in the first two frames, becoming the first player to make five consecutive century breaks (including the three made in his previous match). In the other semi-final, Maguire ended O'Sullivan's 14-match unbeaten run with a 61 victory to earn a place in the final against Higgins.
Trump and Allen tied for the highest break during the televised stages, both scoring 141, with Trump also making 12 centuries throughout the tournament. Qualifying for the event took place 1417 June 2019 in Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Tom Ford made the highest break of qualifying, with a maximum break, the fourth of his career, in his 61 win in qualifying over Fraser Patrick.
Higgins made the highest tournament break with his two breaks of 144. John Higgins won the tournament, defeating Stephen Maguire nine frames to six in the all-Scottish final to lift his first ranking-event title since the 2001 edition of this event. The tournament, which has not been held since, was the second of eight WPBSA ranking events in the 2004/2005 snooker season, following the Grand Prix in October, which was won by O'Sullivan. In the semi-finals, Higgins defeated Shaun Murphy 60 and Maguire defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 61. The defending champion Stephen Hendry lost in the quarter-finals. The 2004 British Open was the 2004 edition of the British Open snooker tournament, held from 8 to 14 November 2004 at Brighton Centre, Brighton, England. It preceded the third ranking event of the season, the UK Championship.
In the last 16, O'Sullivan compiled two century breaks to whitewash Lee 50 for his 13th consecutive win and his 9th consecutive quarter-final. Regarding comments he made about his retirement after his previous match, O'Sullivan said, "There's no point quoting me because what I say from one day to the next will be different". Maguire made a total clearance of 140 in his 52 win over Ding, while Hamilton defeated Williams 53 for his fourth consecutive win over the world number two. Hendry, whose last tournament victory was this event last year, made four breaks over 60 in his 52 win over Carter to set up a match with Higgins, who made the highest break so far with a 141 in his 53 win over Pinches. Doherty became the fifth member of the top eight to lose when he was defeated 45 by Hicks, while Hawkins defeated Bingham 54 and Murphy beat Holt 53.
2019 International Championship (snooker)
Of the victory, Higgins said it was the most important of his career. In the all-Scottish best-of-17 final, Higgins defeated Maguire 96 for a record-equalling fourth title. He had not won a ranking title since his 2001 victory at this event and had lost his previous six finals.
We've become engaged and we're involved with a tremendous church in Rotherham". Two-time world champion and world number two Mark Williamswho became a father in May and had slipped to eighth in the provisional rankingsclaimed a 51 victory over Jogia in 89 minutes. In a hard-fought contest, Stephen Lee defeated King 54. The other winners were Carter, Andy Hicks, Anthony Hamilton, Hawkins, Barry Pinches, Holt, and Stuart Bingham. Ding continued his run, defeating Jimmy White 51 to make the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time. Ding called the win his most satisfying to date and White commended his opponent's performance, saying, "He's dangerous and he's improved a hell of a lot this year". Elsewhere, Maguire whitewashed UK champion Matthew Stevens 50, outscoring him 42768. O'Sullivan extended his unbeaten run to 12 matches when he defeated Parrott 52, in a match that lasted two hours and 28 minutes and which featured a lot of tactical, disjointed exchanges. He was not satisfied with his performance, however: "I was awfulif I keep playing like that they'll have to call the nuthouse to come and collect me".1997 world champion Ken Doherty, who was ranked seventh but had slipped to fifteenth in the provisional rankings, defeated Quinten Hann 51, after Hann had smashed the red balls from his break-off shot at 04 down, from which he fluked a red and made an 89 break.John Higgins, a three-time champion who first won in 1995, beat Drew Henry 51, and said he would withdraw from the tournament if his pregnant wife went into labour. Hendry beat Robert Milkins 51, and dismissed suggestions that the loss at the Grand Prix had inspired him to play better at this tournament. Murphy defeated world number four Paul Hunter 53 for his second last-16 appearance in a ranking event, and attributed the win to his happiness off the table; Murphya Christian since the age of 17said, "My girlfriend Claire is a wonderful woman. The winners of round 1 went through to face members of the top 16.
In November 2018, after winning his first round match against Anthony Hamilton at the UK Championships, Lawler was criticised for his slow play by World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn taking an average of 39.8s per shot.  Despite this, he reached the quarter final of the Shootout, where players have a limited time (15 seconds for the first five minutes; ten seconds thereafter) to play each shot.
2004 British Open
A solid run of results followed, reaching a quarter-final in PTC4 where he eventually lost 4-3 to Robert Milkins, and also reaching the fourth round in the UK Championship where he got his revenge on Mark Allen by beating him 6-4 in the third round, eventually losing 6-3 to Judd Trump. Lawler qualified for the first ranking tournament of the season, the Wuxi Classic, beating Vinnie Calabrese 5-3. He faced Shaun Murphy in the first round proper and was defeated 5-1. Rod failed to qualify for both the Shanghai Masters and the Australian Goldfields Open but then reached the a semi-final in the second Euro Tour (PTC) event, eventually losing 4-3 to Mark Allen in a deciding frame. Rod failed to achieve another deep run in a tournament in the rest of the season, but was consistent in the qualifying for the main stages of ranking tournaments, and therefore accumulated enough prize money to finish 39th on the rankings list at the end of the season.
The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four. Allen fought back to trail 36 after the first session. Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory.
But us snooker players are no good in the sun so now Im looking forward to getting back into the club and playing right through. I did a bit of practice before my Australia qualifying match but I was a bit rusty and lost 5-4. My wife and I went to Turkey for a week to celebrate our 20th anniversary, which was lovely.
I was gutted to see two old friends drop off the tour last season Dave Harold and Marcus Campbell. Perhaps we are using our experience and we know how to deal with pressure better than some of the younger lads. I try to play with a smile on my face even if it doesnt look that way sometimes! Im within striking range of the top 32 and I will be fighting for that although it will be difficult, and of course being in that bracket doesnt mean as much as it used to. The standard has gone through the roof in recent years so just to be in the top 40 at my age is a good achievement. My main goal is just to enjoy it because who knows how long I can keep playing for. The likes of Mark Davis, Fergal OBrien and Joe Perry are all doing the same maybe 40 is the new 20!
He reached the third qualifying round in three ranking events. The 2011/12 was a disastrous season for Lawler. He then entered the Q School and reached the semi-finals of Event 3 by beating another former professional Joe Delaney to regain his tour place for the next two seasons. Apart from that he lost a lot of matches which then proved quite costly at the end of the season as he finished ranked 73, losing his place on the main tour.