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1997 World Snooker Championship

The 1997 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1997 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April – 5 May 1997 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates19 April–5 May 1997
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,260,000
Winner's share£210,000
Highest breakEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan (147)
Final
ChampionRepublic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Runner-upScotland Stephen Hendry
Score18–12
1996
1998

Ken Doherty won his only World title by defeating defending champion Stephen Hendry 18–12 in the final. Doherty also became the first snooker player to win the World Championship at junior, amateur and professional level.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][11]

  • Winner: £210,000
  • Runner-up: £126,000
  • Semi-finalist: £63,000
  • Quarter-finalist: £31,500
  • Last 16: £16,800
  • Last 32: £9,450
  • Highest break: £18,000
  • Maximum break: £147,000
  • Total £1,260,000

Main drawEdit

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[10][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
19 April            
   Stephen Hendry (1)  10
25 & 26 April
   Andy Hicks  6  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
19 & 20 April
     Mark Williams (16)  8  
   Mark Williams (16)  10
29 & 30 April
   Terry Griffiths  9  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
20 & 21 April
     Darren Morgan (9)  10  
   Darren Morgan (9)  10
24, 25 & 26
   Gary Wilkinson  5  
   Darren Morgan (9)  13
20 & 21 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (8)  12  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (8)  10
1, 2 & 3 May
   Mick Price  6  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  17
22 April
     James Wattana (12)  13
   Nigel Bond (5)  8
27 & 28 April
   Stephen Lee  10  
   Stephen Lee  7
23 & 24 April
     James Wattana (12)  13  
   James Wattana (12)  10
29 & 30 April
   Graeme Dott  9  
   James Wattana (12)  13
23 April
     John Parrott (4)  10  
   Jimmy White (13)  9
26, 27 & 28 April
   Anthony Hamilton  10  
   Anthony Hamilton  11
21 & 22 April
     John Parrott (4)  13  
   John Parrott (4)  10
   Bradley Jones  9  
19 & 20 April            
   Peter Ebdon (3)  3
25 & 26 April
   Stefan Mazrocis  10  
   Stefan Mazrocis  9
22 & 23 April
     Alain Robidoux (14)  13  
   Alain Robidoux (14)  10
29 & 30 April
   Brian Morgan  8  
   Alain Robidoux (14)  13
19 & 20 April
     Lee Walker  8  
   Dave Harold (11)  7
24 & 25 April
   Lee Walker  10  
   Lee Walker  13
21 & 22 April
     Alan McManus (6)  10  
   Alan McManus (6)  10
1 & 2 May
   Billy Snaddon  9  
   Alain Robidoux (14)  7
19 & 20
     Ken Doherty (7)  17
   Ken Doherty (7)  10
26 & 27 April
   Mark Davis  8  
   Ken Doherty (7)  13
21 April
     Steve Davis (10)  3  
   Steve Davis (10)  10
29 & 30 April
   David McLellan  2  
   Ken Doherty (7)  13
23 & 24 April
     John Higgins (2)  9  
   Tony Drago (15)  9
27 & 28 April
   Dominic Dale  10  
   Dominic Dale  5
22 & 23 April
     John Higgins (2)  13  
   John Higgins (2)  10
   Graham Horne  6  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 & 5 May 1997. Referee: Alan Chamberlain[9]
Stephen Hendry (1)
  Scotland
12–18 Ken Doherty (7)
  Ireland
7–67, 117–5, 106–0, 13–77, 9–78, 51–75, 11–69, 122–0, 76–12, 32–89, 55–62, 43–57, 13–65, 50–85, 74–47, 28–60, 70–23, 24–71, 110–4, 0–86, 16–85, 45–59, 137–0, 75–12, 61–30, 114–0, 61–57, 23–82, 19–69, 49–71 Century breaks: 5 (Hendry 5)

Highest break by Hendry: 137
Highest break by Doherty: 85

7–67, 117–5, 106–0, 13–77, 9–78, 51–75, 11–69, 122–0, 76–12, 32–89, 55–62, 43–57, 13–65, 50–85, 74–47, 28–60, 70–23, 24–71, 110–4, 0–86, 16–85, 45–59, 137–0, 75–12, 61–30, 114–0, 61–57, 23–82, 19–69, 49–71
  Ken Doherty wins the 1997 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 39 century breaks in this year's championship.[10][13][14]


QualifyingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ken Doherty". Riley England. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  2. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 76.
  3. ^ "Various Snooker Records". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Chris Turner. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b "World Professional Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Chris Turner. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Terry Griffiths profile". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Stephen Hendry at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  7. ^ Everton, Clive. "Snooker: Doherty ready to fulfil rich promise". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 125.
  9. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  10. ^ a b c "Embassy World Championship 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 44–45.
  13. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 149.