Martin Gould is one of those players us snooker fans just love watching. He is exciting, flamboyant and undoubtedly an established top snooker player. When Gould is on form and playing at his best, he can rival any of the top 4 players in the world. Although sometimes described as inconsistent, he has had a steady career to date and has won three ranking event titles in all.
Away from the table, Gould is described as the quiet type who keeps to himself. His other passion in life apart from snooker is for darts and golf and is quite a good player of both. The Londoner is also a massive Tottenham supporter.
Gould turned professional in 2000 and won his first English amateur championship in 2002. He then had a great run on qualification to the world championships but just missed out, getting beaten by Irishman Patrick Wallace. Dropping off the main tour to look after his sick mother, Gould hardly played snooker over the next few years and lost his place on the main tour.
In 2007 he returned to snooker and won the English amateur championships for a second time which gave him is card to play on the main professional tour again. He then reached the last 32 of the Northern Ireland Trophy beating Matthew Stephens. The following year, Gould had a great run in the UK’s qualifying, however in the first round of the televised matches, Shaun Murphy defeated him in a very close match.
From then on, Gould had some good runs in tournaments qualifying for most and reaching televised stages of big events. His big break through came when he entered the top 16 in the world in 2011. He reached the final of PTC event 11 only to be beaten by Tom Ford. This earned him a place in the prestigious 2012 masters.
Gould then went on to win three ranking event titles from then to present. His biggest achievement to date, has been the win at the German Masters in January 2016 beating Judd Trump, Graeme Dott and then Luca Brecel in the final.
Martin Gould is one of the best players to watch playing snooker. He goes for the big shots and rarely holds back. His crowd pleasing style keeps fans on the edge of their seats, particularly when he is on form.
We can only assume Gould’s career will grow to higher levels, especially now that he has won such a big event in the German Masters. We look forward to seeing more of him and we can only expect to see him in more finals and lifting more trophy’s as the years pass.