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The 1998 Skoda Grand Prix was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 14–25 October 1998 at the Guild Hall in Preston, England.[1]

Skoda Grand Prix
Tournament information
Dates14–25 October 1998
VenueGuild Hall
CityPreston
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£370,000
Winner's share£60,000
Highest breakEngland Peter Ebdon (139)
Final
ChampionEngland Stephen Lee
Runner-upHong Kong Marco Fu
Score9–2
1997
1999

Dominic Dale was the defending champion, but he lost his last 64 match against Robin Hull.

Stephen Lee and Marco Fu both contested a ranking tournament final for the first time in their careers, Fu in his first tournament as a professional being ranked 377 at the time of his final appearance; the lowest ranked finalist ant any ranking event.[2] Lee prevailed 9–2 to claim his first ranking title.

Tournament summaryEdit

Defending champion Dominic Dale was the number 1 seed with World Champion John Higgins seeded 2. The remaining places were allocated to players based on the world rankings.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1]

Main drawEdit

[1]

Last 64
Best of 9 frames
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
                  
1   Dominic Dale 0
  Robin Hull 5
  Robin Hull 3
18   Gary Wilkinson 5
18   Gary Wilkinson 5
78   Matthew Couch 0
18   Gary Wilkinson 0
31   Jamie Burnett 5
31   Jamie Burnett 5
37   Steve James 1
31   Jamie Burnett 5
14   Nigel Bond 2
14   Nigel Bond 5
  Patrick Wallace 2
31   Jamie Burnett 3
25   Chris Small 5
12   Anthony Hamilton 5
93   Leigh Griffin 4
12   Anthony Hamilton 5
24   Paul Hunter 1
24   Paul Hunter 5
81   Jimmy Michie 2
12   Anthony Hamilton 2
25   Chris Small 5
25   Chris Small 5
76   Stuart Pettman 3
25   Chris Small 5
7   John Parrott 4
7   John Parrott 5
  Colm Gilcreest 4
25   Chris Small 1
377   Marco Fu 6
8   Peter Ebdon 5
36   Joe Swail 3
8   Peter Ebdon 5
32   Billy Snaddon 1
32   Billy Snaddon 5
64   Nick Pearce 1
8   Peter Ebdon 5
9   Alan McManus 0
29   Terry Murphy 3
55   Joe Johnson 5
55   Joe Johnson 3
9   Alan McManus 5
9   Alan McManus 5
54   Dean Reynolds 2
8   Peter Ebdon 3
377   Marco Fu 5
11   Tony Drago 2
43   Drew Henry 5
43   Drew Henry 3
377   Marco Fu 5
22   Andy Hicks 4
377   Marco Fu 5
377   Marco Fu 5
4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 2
17   Mark King 5
59   Gerard Greene 2
17   Mark King 2
4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
  Sam Chong 3
377   Marco Fu 2
10   Stephen Lee 9
3   Stephen Hendry 5
60   Ian McCulloch 1
3   Stephen Hendry 5
48   David Roe 0
26   Matthew Stevens 1
48   David Roe 5
3   Stephen Hendry 5
27   Brian Morgan 3
27   Brian Morgan 5
61   David Gray 3
27   Brian Morgan 5
40   Rod Lawler 2
13   Alain Robidoux 1
40   Rod Lawler 5
3   Stephen Hendry 4
20   Dave Harold 5
16   James Wattana 1
38   Euan Henderson 5
38   Euan Henderson 2
20   Dave Harold 5
20   Dave Harold 5
  Alex Borg 0
20   Dave Harold 5
49   Shokat Ali 0
19   Jimmy White 4
49   Shokat Ali 5
49   Shokat Ali 5
5   Ken Doherty 3
5   Ken Doherty 5
  David McDonnell 0
20   Dave Harold 4
10   Stephen Lee 6
6   Mark Williams 5
58   Michael Judge 3
6   Mark Williams 4
23   Darren Morgan 5
23   Darren Morgan 5
99   Robert Milkins 4
23   Darren Morgan 2
10   Stephen Lee 5
21   Fergal O'Brien 5
  Mark Johnston-Allen 1
21   Fergal O'Brien 1
10   Stephen Lee 5
10   Stephen Lee 5
63   Tony Jones 3
10   Stephen Lee 5
45   Quinten Hann 0
15   Steve Davis 4
57   Dene O'Kane 5
57   Dene O'Kane 4
35   Jason Ferguson 5
28   Martin Clark 3
35   Jason Ferguson 5
35   Jason Ferguson 3
45   Quinten Hann 5
30   Graeme Dott 3
  Alan Burnett 5
  Alan Burnett 4
45   Quinten Hann 5
2   John Higgins 1
45   Quinten Hann 5

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Newton.
Preston Guild Hall, Preston, England, 25 October 1998.[1][3]
Marco Fu (377)
  Hong Kong
2–9 Stephen Lee (10)
  England
Afternoon: 8–115 (50), 0–128 (128), 17–75 (75), 0–130 (66, 64), 82–4 (82), 33–99 (66), 0–77 (70), 85–12 (85)
Evening: 0–107 (90), 1–93 (57), 5–106 (106)
85 Highest break 128
0 Century breaks 2
2 50+ breaks 10

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Grand Prix 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  2. ^ "records". web.archive.org. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  3. ^ "1998 Grand Prix". CueTracker: Snooker results & statistics database. Retrieved 4 May 2013.