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The 2005 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2005 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 2005 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 April–2 May 2005
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,121,800
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakWales Mark Williams (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Shaun Murphy
Runner-upWales Matthew Stevens
Score18–16
2004
2006

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, but he lost in the quarter-finals 11–13 against Peter Ebdon.

Shaun Murphy won his first ranking title by defeating Matthew Stevens 18–16 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[12][13]

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).[14][15][16]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
16 April[17]            
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
21, 22 & 23 April[18]
   Stephen Maguire  9  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
19 April[19]
     Ali Carter  7  
   Marco Fu (16)  4
26 & 27 April[20]
   Ali Carter  10  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  11
20 & 21 April[21]
     Peter Ebdon (8)  13  
   Stephen Lee (9)  10
24 & 25 April[22]
   Tony Drago  5  
   Stephen Lee (9)  9
20 April[23]
     Peter Ebdon (8)  13  
   Peter Ebdon (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April[24]
   Quinten Hann  2  
   Peter Ebdon (8)  12
18 & 19 April[25]
     Shaun Murphy  17
   John Higgins (5)  10
23, 24 & 25 April[26]
   Mark Selby  5  
   John Higgins (5)  8
17 & 18 April[27]
     Shaun Murphy  13  
   Chris Small (12)  5
26 & 27 April[28]
   Shaun Murphy  10  
   Shaun Murphy  13
16 & 17 April[29]
     Steve Davis (13)  4  
   Steve Davis (13)  10
22 & 23 April[30]
   Gerard Greene  9  
   Steve Davis (13)  13
17 & 18 April[7]
     Michael Holt  10  
   Paul Hunter (4)  8
   Michael Holt  10  
19 & 20 April[31]            
   Stephen Hendry (3)  10
21 & 22 April[32]
   Neil Robertson  7  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  13
16 & 17 April[33]
     Anthony Hamilton  3  
   David Gray (14)  8
26 & 27 April[34]
   Anthony Hamilton  10  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  11
18 & 19 April[35]
     Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
   Jimmy White (11)  10
23, 24 & 25 April[36]
   Fergal O'Brien  5  
   Jimmy White (11)  5
16 & 17 April[37]
     Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April[38]
   Andy Hicks  5  
   Matthew Stevens (6)  17
18 April[39]
     Ian McCulloch  14
   Ken Doherty (7)  10
22 & 23 April[40]
   Barry Pinches  5  
   Ken Doherty (7)  11
16 & 17 April[41]
     Alan McManus (10)  13  
   Alan McManus (10)  10
26 & 27 April[42]
   Drew Henry  9  
   Alan McManus (10)  8
20 & 21 April[43]
     Ian McCulloch  13  
   Graeme Dott (15)  9
24 & 25 April[44]
   Ian McCulloch  10  
   Ian McCulloch  13
19 & 20 April[45]
     Mark Williams (2)  12  
   Mark Williams (2)  10
   Robert Milkins  1  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 2005.[1] Referee:   Eirian Williams.[46]
Shaun Murphy
  England
18–16 Matthew Stevens (6)
  Wales
67–30, 0–98, 20–103, 68–55, 29–65, 22–61, 76–34, 46–56, 53–58, 38–70, 125–0, 79–6, 24–105, 5–86, 103–9, 58–68, 78–22, 84–11, 5–64, 80–60, 137–0, 64–57, 20–88, 131–1, 72–35, 0–95, 81–4, 68–37, 1–83, 85–35, 0–124, 1–71, 97–0, 83–28 Century breaks: 4 (Murphy 3, Stevens 1)

Highest break by Murphy: 137
Highest break by Stevens: 124

67–30, 0–98, 20–103, 68–55, 29–61, 22–65, 76–34, 46–56, 53–58, 38–70, 125–0, 79–6, 24–105, 5–86, 103–9, 58–68, 78–22, 84–11, 5–64, 80–60, 137–0, 64–57, 20–88, 131–1, 72–35, 0–95, 81–4, 68–37, 1–83, 85–35, 0–124, 1–71, 97–0, 83–28
  Shaun Murphy wins the 2005 Embassy World Snooker Championship

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 13 February and 1 March 2005 at Pontin's, Prestatyn Sandys.[47] The final round of qualifying took place between 23 and 24 March 2005 at the same venue.[5][48]

Round 1

  Stuart Mann 10–8   Liu Song

  Justin Astley 10–9   Steve James

  Hugh Abernethy 10–6   Matthew Selt

  Ben Woollaston 10–6   Mark Joyce

  Lee Spick 10–5   David Gilbert

  Craig Steadman 10–9   Kurt Maflin

Rounds 2–5

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 4
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 5
(Best of 19 frames)
  Joe Delaney 10–8   David McDonnell   Joe Delaney 10–2   Sean Storey   Fergal O'Brien 10–3   Joe Delaney   Fergal O'Brien 10–8   John Parrott
  Adam Davies 10–5   Mike Hallett   Rod Lawler 10–5   Adam Davies   Nigel Bond 10–7   Rod Lawler   Tony Drago 10–4   Nigel Bond
  Stuart Mann w/o–w/d   Craig Butler   Neil Robertson 10–6   Stuart Mann   Neil Robertson 10–8   Nick Dyson   Neil Robertson 10–9   Mark King
  Alfie Burden 10–3   Jin Long   Alfie Burden 10–3   Jimmy Michie   Dave Harold 10–5   Alfie Burden   Barry Pinches 10–6   Dave Harold
  Paul Wykes 10–9   Stefan Mazrocis   Paul Wykes 10–9   Gary Wilkinson   Paul Wykes 10–9   Robin Hull   Drew Henry 10–6   Paul Wykes
  Tom Ford 10–6   Justin Astley   Mike Dunn 10–6   Tom Ford   Mark Selby 10–2   Mike Dunn   Mark Selby 10–2   Joe Perry
  Shokat Ali 10–6   Hugh Abernethy   Shokat Ali 10–6   David Roe   Shokat Ali 10–7   Michael Judge   Quinten Hann 10–5   Shokat Ali
  Scott MacKenzie 10–3   Joe Jogia   Scott MacKenzie 10–7   Anthony Davies   Ryan Day 10–5   Scott MacKenzie   Stephen Maguire 10–5   Ryan Day
  Leo Fernandez 10–7   Paul Davison   Rory McLeod 10–7   Leo Fernandez   James Wattana 10–8   Rory McLeod   Ali Carter 10–0   James Wattana
  Darren Morgan 10–9   Ben Woollaston   Darren Morgan 10–5   Jamie Burnett   Darren Morgan 10–6   Patrick Wallace   Anthony Hamilton 10–2   Darren Morgan
  Lee Spick 10–7   Ding Junhui   Lee Spick 10–7   Bjorn Haneveer   Stuart Bingham 10–2   Lee Spick   Michael Holt 10–8   Stuart Bingham
  Paul Davies 10–1   Sean O'Neill   Paul Davies 10–5   Nick Walker   Paul Davies 10–8   Brian Morgan   Gerard Greene 10–5   Paul Davies
  Andrew Norman 10–4   Craig Steadman   Marcus Campbell 10–7   Andrew Norman   Shaun Murphy 10–3   Marcus Campbell   Shaun Murphy 10–8   Joe Swail
  Brian Salmon wo-w/d   David Hall   Adrian Gunnell 10–3   Brian Salmon   Adrian Gunnell 10–4   Stuart Pettman   Robert Milkins 10–3   Adrian Gunnell
 Simon Bedford 10–2   Rodney Goggins   Andy Hicks 10–7   Simon Bedford   Andy Hicks 10–5   Mark Davis   Andy Hicks 10–5   Dominic Dale
  Ricky Walden 10–7   Gary Wilson   Ricky Walden 10–0   Lee Walker   Ricky Walden 10–9   Barry Hawkins   Ian McCulloch 10–9   Ricky Walden

Century breaksEdit

There were 63 centuries in the 2005 World Snooker Championship.[14][49]

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