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2015 UK Championship

The 2015 Betway UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 24 November and 6 December 2015 at the Barbican Centre in York, England. It was the fourth ranking event of the 2015/2016 season.[1]

Betway UK Championship
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Tournament information
Dates24 November–6 December 2015
VenueBarbican Centre
CityYork
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£732,000
Winner's share£150,000
Highest breakAustralia Neil Robertson (147)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upChina Liang Wenbo
Score10–5
2014
2016

The 2014 champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who had not played in professional competition since April, decided not to defend his title.[2] He made his debut as a pundit during the tournament, providing in-studio expert analysis for Eurosport alongside Jimmy White.[3]

On the opening day of the tournament, amateur player Adam Duffy defeated world number 9 and two-time UK Champion Ding Junhui 6–2, a result that was described as "one of the biggest upsets in UK Championship history".[4] In the sixth frame of his third-round match against Neil Robertson, Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh came close to achieving his first maximum break in professional competition, but missed the final black off the spot.[5]

The final between Australia's Neil Robertson and China's Liang Wenbo marked the first time that a British player did not compete in the UK Championship final.[6] In the sixth frame, Robertson made the 115th official maximum break in professional competition, and the first 147 break ever attained in a Triple Crown snooker final, for which he earned £44,000 (a rolling prize of £40,000 for a 147 break, plus the tournament's £4,000 highest break prize).[7] It was the fourth time in a row, that a maximum was made in a UK Championship. Robertson went on to defeat Liang 10–5 to claim his second UK Championship title, and the 11th ranking title of his career.[8]

A record 104 centuries were made during the tournament, including nine from Robertson and eight from Liang.[7]

Prize fundEdit

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

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stands at £40,000 (8 ranking events since it was last won, £5,000 added for each ranking event)

Main drawEdit

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
1   Stuart Bingham 6
  Jordan Brown 1
1   Stuart Bingham 6
64   Anthony Hamilton 3
64   Anthony Hamilton 6
65   Peter Lines 4
1   Stuart Bingham 3
33   Peter Ebdon 6
32   Dominic Dale 6
97   Michael Wild 0
32   Dominic Dale 5
33   Peter Ebdon 6
33   Peter Ebdon 6
96   Lyu Chenwei 0
33   Peter Ebdon 2
80   David Grace 6
16   Robert Milkins 6
113   Vinnie Calabrese 0
16   Robert Milkins 2
80   David Grace 6
49   Andrew Higginson 1
80   David Grace 6
80   David Grace 6
48   Jack Lisowski 4
17   Graeme Dott 6
112   Nigel Bond 2
17   Graeme Dott 5
48   Jack Lisowski 6
48   Jack Lisowski 6
81   Zak Surety 4

Section 2Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
41   Gary Wilson 6
88   Martin O'Donnell 3
41   Gary Wilson 4
24   Martin Gould 6
24   Martin Gould 6
105   Allan Taylor 2
24   Martin Gould 6
9   Mark Allen 4
56   David Morris 5
73   Michael Georgiou 6
73   Michael Georgiou 2
9   Mark Allen 6
9   Mark Allen 6
  Zhao Xintong 2
24   Martin Gould 6
57   Joe Swail 3
40   Matthew Stevens 5
89   Chris Wakelin 6
89   Chris Wakelin 2
25   Michael Holt 6
25   Michael Holt 6
104   Fraser Patrick 4
25   Michael Holt 1
57   Joe Swail 6
57   Joe Swail 6
72   Joel Walker 0
57   Joe Swail 6
  Adam Duffy 5
8   Ding Junhui 2
  Adam Duffy 6

Section 3Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
5   Judd Trump 6
  Hammad Miah 1
5   Judd Trump 6
60   Stuart Carrington 3
60   Stuart Carrington 6
69   Liam Highfield 4
5   Judd Trump 4
28   Liang Wenbo 6
28   Liang Wenbo 6
101   Gareth Allen 1
28   Liang Wenbo 6
37   Jimmy Robertson 2
37   Jimmy Robertson 6
92   Lu Ning 4
28   Liang Wenbo 6
53   Tom Ford 5
12   Mark Williams 6
117   Hamza Akbar 4
12   Mark Williams 5
53   Tom Ford 6
53   Tom Ford 6
76   Scott Donaldson 1
53   Tom Ford 6
21   Kyren Wilson 1
21   Kyren Wilson 6
108   Paul Davison 3
21   Kyren Wilson 6
44   Mike Dunn 2
44   Mike Dunn 6
85   Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 3

Section 4Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
45   Gerard Greene 6
84   Michael Leslie 0
45   Gerard Greene 5
20   David Gilbert 6
20   David Gilbert 6
109   Jason Weston 1
20   David Gilbert 3
13   Marco Fu 6
52   Yu Delu 6
77   Michael Wasley 2
52   Yu Delu 0
13   Marco Fu 6
13   Marco Fu 6
116   Hatem Yassen 2
13   Marco Fu 6
4   Shaun Murphy 4
36   Mark King 5
93   Ross Muir 6
93   Ross Muir 5
29   Ben Woollaston 6
29   Ben Woollaston 6
100   Steven Hallworth 1
29   Ben Woollaston 2
4   Shaun Murphy 6
61   Zhou Yuelong 6
68   Craig Steadman 3
61   Zhou Yuelong 1
4   Shaun Murphy 6
4   Shaun Murphy 6
  Ashley Hugill 1

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
3   Neil Robertson 6
  Alex Taubman 3
3   Neil Robertson 6
62   Aditya Mehta 2
62   Aditya Mehta 6
67   Sam Baird 5
3   Neil Robertson 6
35   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2
30   Fergal O'Brien 6
99   Thor Chuan Leong 5
30   Fergal O'Brien 5
35   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6
35   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6
94   Darryl Hill 3
3   Neil Robertson 6
14   Stephen Maguire 1
14   Stephen Maguire 6
115   Jimmy White 5
14   Stephen Maguire 6
78   Jamie Cope 0
51   Rory McLeod 5
78   Jamie Cope 6
14   Stephen Maguire 6
19   Mark Davis 4
19   Mark Davis 6
110   Rhys Clark 1
19   Mark Davis 6
46   Ken Doherty 3
46   Ken Doherty 6
83   Tony Drago 0

Section 6Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
43   Jamie Burnett 6
86   Sanderson Lam 1
43   Jamie Burnett 6
22   Alan McManus 3
22   Alan McManus 6
107   Eden Sharav 5
43   Jamie Burnett 6
54   Li Hang 3
54   Li Hang 6
75   Lee Walker 5
54   Li Hang 6
11   Ricky Walden 5
11   Ricky Walden 6
118   Itaro Santos 1
43   Jamie Burnett 4
6   John Higgins 6
38   Rod Lawler 4
91   Daniel Wells 6
91   Daniel Wells 3
27   Ali Carter 6
27   Ali Carter 6
102   Alfie Burden 4
27   Ali Carter 2
6   John Higgins 6
59   Tian Pengfei 6
70   Ian Burns 1
59   Tian Pengfei 2
6   John Higgins 6
6   John Higgins 6
  Leo Fernandez 1

Section 7Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
7   Barry Hawkins 6
  Andy Hicks 5
7   Barry Hawkins 3
58   Robin Hull 6
58   Robin Hull 6
71   Zhang Anda 4
58   Robin Hull 2
39   Luca Brecel 6
26   Anthony McGill 6
103   James Cahill 3
26   Anthony McGill 4
39   Luca Brecel 6
39   Luca Brecel 6
90   Hossein Vafaei 1
39   Luca Brecel 4
23   Matthew Selt 6
10   Joe Perry 6
119   James Wattana 1
10   Joe Perry 3
55   Robbie Williams 6
55   Robbie Williams 6
74   Mitchell Mann 3
55   Robbie Williams 3
23   Matthew Selt 6
23   Matthew Selt 6
106   Zhang Yong 5
23   Matthew Selt 6
87   Sean O'Sullivan 4
42   Kurt Maflin 3
87   Sean O'Sullivan 6

Section 8Edit

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
47   Dechawat Poomjaeng 6
82   Chris Melling 4
47   Dechawat Poomjaeng 6
18   Ryan Day 2
18   Ryan Day 6
111   Duane Jones 1
47   Dechawat Poomjaeng 6
50   Mark Joyce 5
50   Mark Joyce 6
79   Barry Pinches 4
50   Mark Joyce 6
114   Sydney Wilson 2
15   Michael White 5
114   Sydney Wilson 6
47   Dechawat Poomjaeng 1
2   Mark Selby 6
34   Xiao Guodong 6
95   Noppon Saengkham 5
34   Xiao Guodong 1
31   Jamie Jones 6
31   Jamie Jones 6
98   Ian Glover 4
31   Jamie Jones 5
2   Mark Selby 6
63   Cao Yupeng 2
66   Oliver Lines 6
66   Oliver Lines 0
2   Mark Selby 6
2   Mark Selby 6
  Joe O'Connor 0

FinalsEdit

Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
         
80   David Grace 6
24   Martin Gould 5
80   David Grace 4
28   Liang Wenbo 6
28   Liang Wenbo 6
13   Marco Fu 5
28   Liang Wenbo 5
3   Neil Robertson 10
3   Neil Robertson 6
6   John Higgins 5
3   Neil Robertson 6
2   Mark Selby 0
23   Matthew Selt 1
2   Mark Selby 6

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee:   Jan Verhaas.
Barbican Centre, York, England, 6 December 2015.
Liang Wenbo (28)
  China
5–10 Neil Robertson (3)
  Australia
Afternoon: 40–71, 16–69 (60), 110–0 (110), 6–106 (106), 62–59, 0–151 (147), 33–69 (69), 86–0 (86)
Evening: 90–27 (82), 47–78 (78), 15–74, 78–1 (78), 35–70 (56), 55–59, 9–62
110 Highest break 147
1 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 6

Century breaksEdit

Source: World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (worldsnookerdata.com)[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Calendar 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan will not defend UK Snooker Championship". BBC Sport. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan to make full punditry debut live on Eurosport for UK Championship". EuroSport. 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ "UK Championship: Ding Junhui beaten by amateur Adam Duffy". BBC Sport. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Thepchaiya Un-Nooh misses black off spot for a 147". The Irish Times. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Robertson sets up final date with Liang at UK Championship". RTÉ Sport. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Robertson Wins UK and Makes 147". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  8. ^ "UK Championship final: Neil Robertson makes 147 and wins title". BBC Sport. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  9. ^ "UK Championship: century breaks". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2015-11-24. Retrieved 24 November 2015.

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