Shaun Murphy expressed his satisfaction at having collected a few trophies after clocking thousands of miles travelled around the globe in a busy 2011.
The 2005 world champion was one of the most-travelled players on the professional circuit in the last 12 months, having won the Players Tour Championship (PTC) Grand Finale in Dublin in March and the inaugural Brazil Masters in September.
Murphy, world number six, has not, though, got beyond the semi-finals in a major event this year but remains determined to focus on the positives. Those looking at the latest online snooker odds will be wondering if he can bounce back.
“It’s definitely been a year of contrasts,” said the 29-year-old. “But I’ve never ‘done’ consistency – and I’m not sure I ever want to. Is it me or is ‘consistent’ just another way of describing ‘average’?
“I was extremely pleased to win the PTC Order of Merit and the PTC Championship Final in the spring. That trip to Ireland for the Finale also allowed me to go and see where my family comes from and overall it was a fantastic few days.
“It was also great to win the Brazil Masters. That victory came at a time when there were tournaments happening all over the world. I’ve probably collected as many air miles as any player in the past 12 months. I never thought I would be going to such places as Australia and Brazil to perform as a snooker player.
“Of the three major ranking events that we’ve had so far, I’ve got to the quarter-finals in two and a semi-final in the other. So that sets me up nicely for the events that are to come up after Christmas.”
Murphy will play world number 12 Martin Gould in the first round of the Masters in January and will be keen to improve after his disappointing quarter-final exit in the recent UK Championship to Ricky Walden.