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The 2011 williamhill.com UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 3–11 December 2011 at the Barbican Centre in York, England. This was the first time that William Hill sponsored the event.[1]

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2011 UK Championship (snooker) poster.jpg
Tournament information
Dates3–11 December 2011
VenueBarbican Centre
CityYork
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£625,000
Winner's share£100,000
Highest breakScotland Stephen Maguire (144)
Final
ChampionEngland Judd Trump
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Mark Allen
Score10–8
2010
2012

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 4–6 against Stephen Maguire.[2]

Judd Trump won his second ranking title by defeating Mark Allen 10–8 in the final.[3]

Contents

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[4]

ControversyEdit

The format of the 2011 UK Championship was changed from previous editions. All rounds up to the semi-finals were played over the best of 11 frames instead of the best of 17 frames. The semi-finals and the final were played over the best of 17 and best of 19 frames respectively. The changes allowed for every match in the early rounds to be played in front of television cameras and avoided the need to use two extra tables.[5] However, the changes angered some players including John Higgins,[6] and Mark Williams, while Mark Allen called for Barry Hearn to resign as head of World Snooker, after Hearn had promised not to alter the championship when he had become the chairman in 2010.[7] During the same interview Allen aimed a four lettered expletive at Hearn.[8] Allen was later charged by World Snooker for bringing the game into disrepute.[9][10] Hearn, following the original comments by Allen, called him a "silly little boy",[11] to which Allen responded by gagging himself at a press conference.[12] Allen and Hearn later sat down and had a discussion, which resolved their differences,[13] while Allen was fined £250 for swearing in a press conference.[14]

Main drawEdit

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee:   Eirian Williams.
Barbican Centre, York, England, 11 December 2011.[18][19]
Judd Trump (8)
  England
10–8 Mark Allen (12)
  Northern Ireland
Afternoon: 92–4 (70), 23–58 (56), 0–149 (141), 48–69, 86–49 (52), 62–30, 75–33 (75), 73–31 (61)
Evening: 109–7 (109), 78–46 (78), 82–14 (74), 0–139 (139), 0–133 (129), 76–1 (76), 8–125 (125), 35–75, 32–95 (95), 91–0 (91)
109 Highest break 141
1 Century breaks 4
9 50+ breaks 6

QualifyingEdit

These matches were held between 5 and 9 November 2011 at the South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester, England.[20][21][22]

Preliminary round

Best of 11 frames

  Daniel Wells 6–0   Kacper Filipiak
  Lucky Vatnani 4–6   Robin Hull
Round 1–4
  Round 1
Best of 11 frames
  Round 2
Best of 11 frames
  Round 3
Best of 11 frames
  Round 4
Best of 11 frames
                               
  Adam Duffy 6     Alfie Burden 3     Rory McLeod 6     Barry Hawkins 2
  Dechawat Poomjaeng 3     Adam Duffy 6     Adam Duffy 4     Rory McLeod 6
  Kurt Maflin 6     Jimmy Robertson 6     Gerard Greene 6     Stephen Hendry 6
  David Hogan 4     Kurt Maflin 5     Jimmy Robertson 2     Gerard Greene 2
  Ian McCulloch 6     James Wattana 5     Steve Davis 6     Andrew Higginson 2
  Luca Brecel 5     Ian McCulloch 6     Ian McCulloch 2     Steve Davis 6
  Bjorn Haneveer 4     Liu Chuang 0     Nigel Bond 6     Dominic Dale 6
  Tian Pengfei 6     Tian Pengfei 6     Tian Pengfei 4     Nigel Bond 2
  Michael White 6     Barry Pinches 4     Liang Wenbo 2     Mark Davis 6
  Daniel Wells 4     Michael White 6     Michael White 6     Michael White 2
  Andrew Pagett 5     Ben Woollaston 6     Michael Holt 3     Marcus Campbell 6
  Sam Craigie 6     Sam Craigie 5     Ben Woollaston 6     Ben Woollaston 3
  Matthew Couch 2     Liu Song 3     Matthew Selt 6     Mark King 4
  Cao Yupeng 6     Cao Yupeng 6     Cao Yupeng 3     Matthew Selt 6
  Paul Davison 2     Xiao Guodong 6     Mike Dunn 0     Tom Ford 6
  Adam Wicheard 6     Adam Wicheard 5     Xiao Guodong 6     Xiao Guodong 0
  Liam Highfield 3     Anthony McGill 6     Joe Jogia 6     Jamie Cope 3
  Sam Baird 6     Sam Baird 2     Anthony McGill 5     Joe Jogia 6
  Passakorn Suwannawat 6     Jimmy White 6     Jamie Jones 6     Ricky Walden 6
  Joe Meara 0     Passakorn Suwannawat 2     Jimmy White 5     Jamie Jones 2
  Yu Delu 1     Peter Lines 6     Alan McManus 4     Ken Doherty 5
  Robin Hull 6     Robin Hull 4     Peter Lines 6     Peter Lines 6
  Li Yan 6     Andy Hicks 5     Jack Lisowski 2     Fergal O'Brien 2
  Stuart Carrington 4     Li Yan 6     Li Yan 6     Li Yan 6
  David Gilbert 6     Joe Swail 1     Robert Milkins 6     Peter Ebdon 3
  Aditya Mehta 5     David Gilbert 6     David Gilbert 5     Robert Milkins 6
  David Morris 3     Adrian Gunnell 6     Dave Harold 3     Joe Perry 4
  David Grace 6     David Grace 4     Adrian Gunnell 6     Adrian Gunnell 6
  Rod Lawler 6     Mark Joyce 6     Anthony Hamilton 6     Marco Fu 6
  Simon Bedford 2     Rod Lawler 5     Mark Joyce 4     Anthony Hamilton 5
  Andrew Norman 6     Tony Drago 6     Jamie Burnett 6     Ryan Day 6
  Scott MacKenzie 5     Andrew Norman 3     Tony Drago 3     Jamie Burnett 0

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "williamhill.com To Sponsor UK". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ "UK Championship: Defending champ John Higgins bows out in York". Daily Record. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ Fazackerley, Karen. "UK Snooker Championship: Judd Trump beats Mark Allen to win title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Prize Money". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ "New Format For UK Championship". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  6. ^ "UK Snooker Championship: John Higgins unhappy with format". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  7. ^ "UK Snooker Championship: Allen says Hearn should resign". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Mark Allen blasts Snooker chairman Barry Hearn over format changes". London: The Daily Telegraph. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Allen in the dock after foul-mouthed tirade against snooker chief Hearn". London: Mail Online. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  10. ^ "UK Snooker Championship: Mark Allen faces charge over swearing". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Barry Hearn hits back at 'silly' Mark Allen's UK Championship criticism". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Allen stages 'silent protest' after Hearn jibe". Eurosport UK. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Barry Hearn & Mark Allen hold positive talks over differences". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Mark Allen fined £250 for press conference swearing". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  15. ^ "UK Championship draw". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  16. ^ "UK Championship Results". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  17. ^ "UK Snooker Championship final: Trump v Allen frame scores". BBC Sport. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  18. ^ a b "williamhill.com UK Championship (2011)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  19. ^ "williamhill.com UK Championship: Final - Match 31: Judd Trump v Mark Allen". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2013-03-09. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  20. ^ "UK Championship Qualifiers Draw and Format" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  21. ^ "UK Championship Qualifiers Results". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  22. ^ "williamhill.com UK Championship Qualifiers (2011)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  23. ^ "Century breaks". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2011-12-11. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  24. ^ "Qualifying century breaks". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.

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