JOHN HIGGINS has magicked his eighth career 147 at the Coral northern Ireland Open in Belfast at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

The 123rd maximum break is also the fifth maximum of this Snooker season, topping the four that were made last season and is the seventh maximum that has been made this year.

Higgins's 147 came in the final frame of his match with Sam Craigie to win 4 - 1, and was his tenth consecutive match win since the start of the China Championship two weeks ago.


Higgins lifted two trophies in the space of a week and has already pocketed over £300,000 in the space of two weeks.

Maximum breaks this season have already come from Alfie Burden, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Scot Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy.

41-year-old Higgins will face China teenager Zhou Yuelong in the third round of the Belfast-based tournament.

Higgins is still third on the all-time list of maximums with 8, three behind retired Stephen Hendry and five behind Ronnie O'Sullivan, who has 13 career maximums.

Lagging behind Higgins is China's number one player Ding Junhui with six.

The Higgins form continues as Wednesday sees the Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan go head to head with his great pal Jimmy White.


O'Sullivan and Higgins, who both turned professional in 1992, faced each other in the Champion of Champions final last weekend which saw Higgins win, preventing O'Sullivan from winning his third Champion of Champions title.

The Rocket has already reached a ranking final this season of the European Masters, and earlier this year won the Welsh Open and his sixth Masters.

But Higgins will be looking to try to lift three titles in a row and beat the Rocket to 29 ranking titles like he did last season when he lifted his 28th ranking title before O'Sullivan did.

He won the International Championship in Daqing before the Rocket went on in February to win the Welsh Open and equal Higgins on 28.

Higgins said after his win in Coventry that you have just got to make the most of it when you are playing this well because at some point it will go down hill.

The first ever official maximum came at the 1982 Lada Classic and was made by six-time World Champion Steve Davis.