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1998 World Snooker Championship

The 1998 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1998 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 April–4 May 1998 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates18 April–4 May 1998
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,323,000
Winner's share£220,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (143)
England Jimmy White (143)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upRepublic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Score18–12
1997
1999

John Higgins won his first World title by defeating defending champion Ken Doherty 18–12 in the final. Doherty became another World Champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title. However, Doherty has come closer than any other first-time champion bar Joe Johnson to retaining his championship. 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][13]

  • Winner: £220,000
  • Runner-up: £132,000
  • Semi-final: £66,000
  • Quarter-final: £33,000
  • Last 16: £17,750
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Highest break £19,000
  • Maximum break £147,000
  • Total £1,323,000

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][11][14][15]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
18 April            
   Ken Doherty (1)  10
24 & 25 April
   Lee Walker  8  
   Ken Doherty (1)  13
22 April
     Stephen Lee (16)  8  
   Stephen Lee (16)  10
28 & 29 April
   Andy Hicks  4  
   Ken Doherty (1)  13
22 & 23 April
     Matthew Stevens  10  
   Alain Robidoux (9)  8
26 & 27 April
   Matthew Stevens  10  
   Matthew Stevens  13
20 & 21 April
     Mark King  9  
   Nigel Bond (8)  5
30 April 1 & 2 May
   Mark King  10  
   Ken Doherty (1)  17
21 April
     Mark Williams (4)  14
   Peter Ebdon (5)  10
25, 26 & 27
   Terry Murphy  3  
   Peter Ebdon (5)  13
18 & 19 April
     Fergal O'Brien  5  
   James Wattana (12)  9
28 & 29 April
   Fergal O'Brien  10  
   Peter Ebdon (5)  11
19 & 20 April
     Mark Williams (4)  13  
   Steve Davis (13)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
   Simon Bedford  6  
   Steve Davis (13)  6
19 & 20 April
     Mark Williams (4)  13  
   Mark Williams (4)  10
   Quinten Hann  9  
18 & 19 April            
   John Higgins (3)  10
23 & 24 April
   Jason Ferguson  8  
   John Higgins (3)  13
18 & 19 April
     Anthony Hamilton (14)  9  
   Anthony Hamilton (14)  10
28 & 29 April
   Dave Harold  8  
   John Higgins (3)  13
18 & 19 April
     John Parrott (6)  11  
   Tony Drago (11)  10
24 & 25 April
   Alfie Burden  8  
   Tony Drago (11)  7
20 & 21 April
     John Parrott (6)  13  
   John Parrott (6)  10
30 April 1 & 2 May
   Peter Lines  4  
   John Higgins (3)  17
21 & 22 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  9
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  10
26 & 27 April
   Joe Swail  5  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  13
20 April
     Alan McManus (10)  4  
   Alan McManus (10)  10
28 & 29 April
   David Gray  8  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  13
21 & 22 April
     Jimmy White  7  
   Darren Morgan (15)  10
25 & 26 April
   Jason Prince  8  
   Darren Morgan (15)  3
22 & 23 April
     Jimmy White  13  
   Stephen Hendry (2)  4
   Jimmy White  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 3 & 4 May 1998. Referee: Lawrie Annandale[16]
Ken Doherty (1)
  Ireland
12–18 John Higgins (3)
  Scotland
73–34, 20–80, 7–86, 1–71, 0–113, 52–73, 0–130, 89–0, 112–0, 66–7, 97–18, 2–66, 4–103, 5–86, 0–138, 82–70, 90–39, 0–89, 61–6, 0–130, 90–0, 99–1, 48–58, 82–44, 14–60, 0–128, 58–71, 78–41, 16–66, 8–119 Century breaks: 6 (Doherty 1, Higgins 5)

Highest break by Doherty: 112
Highest break by Higgins: 130

73–34, 20–80, 7–86, 1–71, 0–113, 52–73, 0–130, 89–0, 112–0, 66–7, 97–18, 2–66, 4–103, 5–86, 0–138, 82–70, 90–39, 0–89, 61–6, 0–130, 90–0, 99–1, 48–58, 82–44, 14–60, 0–128, 58–71, 78–41, 16–66, 8–119
  John Higgins wins the 1998 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 59 century breaks in the championship, a new record which would last until 2002.[10][17][18] John Higgins' 14 centuries in the tournament was a new record, beating the 12 made by Stephen Hendry in 1995.[19]

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying matches were held between 2 January and March 1998 at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.

Round 1–2Edit

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
  Ryan Day 10–5   Neil Selman   Paul Davison 10–6   Ryan Day   Leo Fernandez 10–3   Evan Munro
  Ryan Day 10–5   Neil Selman   Paul Davison 10–6   Ryan Day   Robert Milkins 10–2   Michael O'Sullivan
  Barry Hawkins 10–3   Sean Lanigan   Barry Hawkins 10–3   Micky Roughan   Philip Williams 10–2   John Burns
  Barry Hawkins 10–3   Sean Lanigan   Barry Hawkins 10–3   Micky Roughan   Steve Meakin 10–7   Neal Tomkins
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–5   Steve Harrison   Bjorn Haneveer 10–3   Adrian Rosa   Brian Rowswell 10–7   Sean Lanigan
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–5   Steve Harrison   Bjorn Haneveer 10–3   Adrian Rosa   Joe Jogia 10–8   Hugh Abernethy
  Colm Gilcreest 10–4   David McDonnell   Colm Gilcreest 10–4   Eddie Manning   Jeff Cundy 10–7   Dylan Leary
  Colm Gilcreest 10–4   David McDonnell   Colm Gilcreest 10–4   Eddie Manning   Chris Shade 10–3   Nick Manning
  Damian Massey 10–6   Grant Conquest   Damian Massey 10–8   Philip Williams   Bjorn Haneveer 10–6   James McGouran
  Damian Massey 10–6   Grant Conquest   Damian Massey 10–8   Philip Williams   Ali Carter 10–8   Scott Cooney
  Stuart Bingham 10–5   Joe Delaney   Stuart Bingham 10–6   Alan Burnett   Surinder Gill 10–5   Stuart Parnell
  Stuart Bingham 10–5   Joe Delaney   Stuart Bingham 10–6   Alan Burnett   Stuart Reardon10–8   Jason Weston
  Robin Hull 10–8   Brian Roswell   Robin Hull 10–4   Stephen Murphy   Barry Pinches 10–3   Mario Geudens
  Robin Hull 10–8   Brian Roswell   Robin Hull 10–4   Stephen Murphy   Nic Barrow 10–4   Mario Wehrmann
  Nick Dyson 10–5   Tai Pichit   Nick Dyson 10–9   Oliver King   Nick Terry 10–6   Leigh Robinson
  Nick Dyson 10–5   Tai Pichit   Nick Dyson 10–9   Oliver King   Garry Baldrey 10–8   Graham Horne
  Barry Pinches 10–3   Jeff Cundy   Barry Pinches 10–6   Jason Weston   Simon Bedford 10–4   Justin Buckingham
  Barry Pinches 10–3   Jeff Cundy   Barry Pinches 10–6   Jason Weston   Mark Johnston-Allen 10–5   Joe O'Boye
  Kristján Helgason 10–6   Ali Carter   Kristján Helgason 10–8   Simon Bedford   Jason Wallace 10–9   Andrew Cairns
  Kristján Helgason 10–6   Ali Carter   Kristján Helgason 10–8   Simon Bedford   Oliver King 10–7   Robin Hull
  Rory McLeod 10–7   Mark Farnsworth   Rory McLeod 10–7   Barry Mapstone   Joe Delaney 10–4   Ryan Mitchell
  Rory McLeod 10–7   Mark Farnsworth   Rory McLeod 10–7   Barry Mapstone   Gary Lees 10–6   Paul McPhillips
  Jamie Bodle 10–8   Richard Jones   Nick Terry 10–6   Jamie Bodle   Munraj Pal 10–8   Les Dodd
  Jamie Bodle 10–8   Richard Jones   Nick Terry 10–6   Jamie Bodle   Christopher McGee 10–6   Lee Mallin
  Malcolm Bilclough 10–7   Mike Henson   Chris Shade 10–7   Malcolm Bilclough   Adrian Rosa 10–9   Darryn Walker
  Malcolm Bilclough 10–7   Mike Henson   Chris Shade 10–7   Malcolm Bilclough   Stuart Bingham 10–1   Ian Hurdman
  Joe Jogia 10–6   Bob Chaperon   Joe Jogia 10–4   Jason Wallace   Marco Fu 10–5   Paul Sweeny
  Joe Jogia 10–6   Bob Chaperon   Joe Jogia 10–4   Jason Wallace   Mike Hallett 10–4   Garoid O'Connor
  Guo Hua 10–3   Stuart Mann   Craig Harrison 10–8   Guo Hua   Andrew Higginson 10–6   David McDonnell
  Guo Hua 10–3   Stuart Mann   Craig Harrison 10–8   Guo Hua   Simon Parker 10–4   Stephen Murphy
  Ian Sargent 10–6   Surinder Gill   Munraj Pal 10–8   Ian Sargent   Ian Sargeant 10–8   Steve Day
  Ian Sargent 10–6   Surinder Gill   Munraj Pal 10–8   Ian Sargent   Andy Neck 10–5   David Coles
Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
  Leo Fernandez 10–8   Robert Milkins
  Philip Williams 10–6   Steve Meakin
  Brian Rowswell 10–4   Joe Jogia
  Jeff Cundy 10–9   Chris Shade
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–5   Ali Carter
  Surinder Gill 10–4   Stuart Reardon
  Barry Pinches 10–3   Nic Barrow
  Nick Terry 10–1   Garry Baldrey
  Simon Bedford 10–6   Mark Johnston-Allen
  Jason Wallace 10–4   Oliver King
  Joe Delaney 10–8   Gary Lees
  Munraj Pal 10–4   Christopher McGee
  Adrian Rosa 10–7   Stuart Bingham
  Marco Fu 10–2   Mike Hallett
  Andrew Higginson 10–6   Simon Parker
  Ian Sargeant 10–0   Andy Neck

Round 2–3Edit

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Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
  Leo Fernandez 10–6   Philip Williams   Leigh Griffin 10–7   Leo Fernandez
  Brian Rowswell 10–9   Jeff Cundy   John Lardner 10–5   Brian Rowswell
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–5   Surinder Gill   Bjorn Haneveer 10–5   Troy Shaw
  Barry Pinches 10–2   Nick Terry   Joe Perry 10–7   Barry Pinches
  Simon Bedford 10–2   Jason Wallace   Simon Bedford 10–9   Mark Gray
  Joe Delaney 10–8   Munraj Pal   Joe Delaney 10–1   Peter McCullagh
  Adrian Rosa 10–8   Marco Fu   David Gray 10–5   Adrian Rosa
  Andrew Higginson 10–7   Ian Sargeant   Andrew Higginson 10–5   Craig MacGillivray

Round 1Edit

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
  Lee Walker 10–3   Jonathan Birch
  Leigh Griffin 10–4   Karl Broughton
  David Roe 10–7   Ian Brumby
  Graeme Dott 10–3   John Lardner
  Matthew Stevens 10–5   Stephen O'Connor
  Drew Henry 10–5   Sean Storey
  Paul Hunter 10–5   Lee Richardson
  Steve Judd 10–8   Michael Judge
  Joe Johnson 10–6   Martin Dziewialtowski
  Nick Pearce 10–5   Bjorn Haneveer
  Nick Walker 10–3   Willie Thorne
  Joe Perry 10–3   Shokat Ali
  Tony Jones 10–9   Paul Wykes
  Simon Bedford 10–4   Mark Gray
  Quinten Hann 10–3   Wayne Jones
  Anthony Davies 10–6   Jamie Woodman
  Jason Ferguson 10–6   Darren Clarke
  Marcus Campbell 10–9   Chris Scanlon
  Joe Delaney 10–8   Jamie Burnett
  Gary Ponting 10–6   Dennis Taylor
  Alfie Burden 10–6   Mark Bennett
  Wayne Brown 10–8   Dean Reynolds
  Peter Lines 10–7   Dave Finbow
  Stuart Pettman 10–5   Dene O'Kane
  Matthew Couch 10–9   Paul Davies
  David Gray 10–4   Mark Davis
  Karl Burrows 10–5   Tony Chappel
  Jason Prince 10–4   John Read
  Andrew Higginson 10–5   Jimmy Michie
  Bradley Jones 10–5   Gerard Greene
  Ian McCulloch 10–7   Dominic Dale

Round 2–3Edit

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Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
  Lee Walker 10–5   Leigh Griffin   Lee Walker 10–9   Billy Snaddon
  David Roe 10–9   Graeme Dott   Andy Hicks 10–1   David Roe
  Matthew Stevens 10–5   Drew Henry   Matthew Stevens 10–8   Neal Foulds
  Paul Hunter 10–5   Steve Judd   Mark King 10–9   Paul Hunter
  Nick Pearce 10–8   Joe Johnson   Terry Murphy 10–2   Nick Pearce
  Joe Perry 10–6   Nick Walker   Fergal O'Brien 10–7   Joe Perry
  Simon Bedford 10–7   Tony Jones   Simon Bedford 10–9   Gary Wilkinson
  Quinten Hann 10–3   Anthony Davies   Quinten Hann 10–6   Brian Morgan
  Jason Ferguson 10–6   Marcus Campbell   Jason Ferguson 10–7   Mick Price
  Joe Delaney 10–8   Gary Ponting   Dave Harold 10–7   Joe Delaney
  Alfie Burden 10–2   Wayne Brown   Alfie Burden 10–3   Rod Lawler
  Peter Lines 10–5   Stuart Pettman   Peter Lines 10–6   Steve James
  Matthew Couch 10–2   Stefan Mazrocis   Joe Swail 10–3   Matthew Couch
  David Gray 10–9   Karl Burrows   David Gray 10–5   Chris Small
  Jason Prince 10–6   Andrew Higginson   Jason Prince 10–8   Martin Clark
  Bradley Jones 10–9   Ian McCulloch   Jimmy White 10–5   Bradley Jones

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