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1997 European Open (snooker)

The 1997 European Open was the 1997 edition of the European Open snooker tournament, held from 23 February to 2 March 1997 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta. John Higgins defeated John Parrott by nine frames to five (9−5) in the final to claim his sixth ranking-event title. In the semi-finals Higgins defeated James Wattana and Parrott beat Ken Doherty. The tournament was the seventh of ten WPBSA ranking events in the 1996/1997 season, following the International Open and preceding the Thailand Open.

European Open
Tournament information
Dates23 February–2 March 1997
VenueMediterranean Conference Centre
CityValletta
CountryMalta
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£321,760
Winner's share£60,000
Highest break141 (x2)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland John Parrott
Score9–5
1996
2001

Tournament summaryEdit

The 1997 tournament was the seventh of tenth WPBSA ranking events in the 1996/1997 season, following the International Open and preceding the Thailand Open. Held in February, the International Open was won by Stephen Hendry, who defeated Tony Drago by nine frames to one (9−1) in the final.[1]

FinalEdit

In the best-of-17 final Higgins defeated Parrott 9–5 to win his sixth ranking title, earning £60,000 in prize money.

Main drawEdit

Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
               
  Alan McManus 5
  Darren Clarke 2
  Alan McManus 5
  Darren Morgan 3
  Darren Morgan 5
  Anthony Hamilton 3
  Alan McManus 4
  John Parrott 5
  John Parrott 5
  Drew Henry 2
  John Parrott 5
  Tony Drago 2
  Tony Drago 5
  Paul Davies 0
  John Parrott 6
  Ken Doherty 4
  Ken Doherty 5
  Robert Milkins 3
  Ken Doherty 5
  Andy Hicks 3
  Andy Hicks 5
  Mark Williams 3
  Ken Doherty 5
  Peter Ebdon 3
  Peter Ebdon 5
  Tony Chappel 2
  Peter Ebdon 5
  Alain Robidoux 3
  Alain Robidoux 5
  Martin Clark 4
  John Parrott 5
  John Higgins 9
  John Higgins 5
  Joe Swail 3
  John Higgins 5
  Jimmy White 3
  Jimmy White 5
  Matthew Stevens 1
  John Higgins 5
  Stephen Lee 3
  Stephen Lee 5
  Steve Davis 0
  Stephen Lee 5
  Nigel Bond 1
  Nigel Bond 5
  Rod Lawler 3
  John Higgins 6
  James Wattana 0
  Stephen Hendry 5
  Jamie Burnett 1
  Stephen Hendry 5
  Jonathan Birch 3
  Jonathan Birch 5
  Dave Harold 1
  Stephen Hendry 2
  James Wattana 5
  Chris Small 5
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 1
  Chris Small 3
  James Wattana 5
  James Wattana 5
  Euan Henderson 2

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:
Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta, 2 March 1997.
John Parrott
  England
5–9 John Higgins
  Scotland
Afternoon: 9–74, 6–74, 1–109, 21–71, 4–62, 64–41, 56–48, 0–73
Evening: 101–1, 32–76, 71–12, 57–31, 32–71, 6–66
Highest break
Century breaks
50+ breaks

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "International Open 1997". snooker.org. Hermund Årdalen. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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