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The 2016 Coral Northern Ireland Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 14 and 20 November 2016 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1] It was the ninth ranking event of the 2016/2017 season.[2]

Northern Ireland Open
Tournament information
Dates14–20 November 2016
VenueTitanic Exhibition Centre
CityBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000[1]
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Mark King
Runner-upEngland Barry Hawkins
Score9–8
← First
2017

This was the inaugural Northern Ireland Open event, being held as part of a new Home Nations Series introduced in the 2016/2017 season with the existing Welsh Open and new English Open and Scottish Open tournaments.[3][4] The winner of the Northern Ireland Open is awarded the Alex Higgins Trophy which is named in honour of Northern Irish two-time World Champion Alex Higgins.[5]

John Higgins made the 123rd official maximum break in the fifth frame of his last 64 match against Sam Craigie. It was Higgins' eight professional maximum break.[6]

Mark King won the first ranking title of his career by defeating Barry Hawkins 9–8 in the final.[7][8]

Contents

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[9]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £10,000.

Main drawEdit

[10][11][12][13]

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trumpw/d
 
 
 
  Peter Ebdonw/o
 
  Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy3
 
  Michael Wild2
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy4
 
  Peter Ebdon2
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
  Kurt Dunham4
 
 
 
  Christopher Keogan2
 
  Kurt Dunham3
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
  Robert Milkins1
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
  Scott Donaldson2
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
  Stephen Maguire3
 
 
 
  Alan McManus4
 
  Alan McManus0
 
 
 
  Sanderson Lam4
 
  Wang Yuchen1
 
 
 
  Sanderson Lam4
 
  Sanderson Lam1
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
  Zak Surety4
 
 
 
  Darryl Hill3
 
  Zak Surety2
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
 
  Rod Lawler3
 

Section 2Edit

 
Last 128
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Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
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  Zhang Yong2
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
  Alex Borg1
 
  Alex Borg4
 
 
 
  Dechawat Poomjaeng2
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
  Josh Boileau1
 
  Mike Dunn3
 
 
 
  Josh Boileau4
 
  Josh Boileau4
 
 
 
  Hamza Akbar2
 
  Ali Carterw/d
 
 
 
  Hamza Akbarw/o
 
  Kurt Maflin2
 
 
 
  Mark King4
 
  Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
  Tian Pengfei2
 
  Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann0
 
  Thor Chuan Leong1
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann4
 
  Fergal O'Brien0
 
 
 
  Mark King4
 
  Mark King4
 
 
 
  Igor Figueiredo1
 
  Mark King4
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo2
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
 
  Nigel Bond1
 

Section 3Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
  David John1
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
  Jimmy White1
 
  Gareth Allen2
 
 
 
  Jimmy White4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda0
 
  Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
  Ian Preece0
 
  Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin3
 
  Chris Wakelin4
 
 
 
  James Wattana1
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan3
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
 
 
  Hammad Miah2
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
 
 
  Jordan Brown2
 
  Jordan Brown4
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston2
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani2
 
  Cao Yupeng1
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani4
 
  Sunny Akani4
 
 
 
  Mark Davis3
 
  Mark Davis4
 
 
  Jason Weston0
 

Section 4Edit

 
Last 128
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Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
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  Matthew Selt2
 
 
 
  Jamie Curtis-Barrett4
 
  Jamie Curtis-Barrett1
 
 
 
  David Gilbert4
 
  Zhao Xintong1
 
 
 
  David Gilbert4
 
  David Gilbert2
 
 
 
  Mark Williams4
 
  Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
  Alfie Burden1
 
  Craig Steadman0
 
 
 
  Mark Williams4
 
  Mark Williams4
 
 
 
  David Grace2
 
  Mark Williams4
 
 
 
  John Higgins1
 
  Zhou Yuelong4
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens3
 
  Zhou Yuelong4
 
 
 
  Allan Taylor0
 
  Allan Taylor4
 
 
 
  Li Hang2
 
  Zhou Yuelong0
 
 
 
  John Higgins4
 
  Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
  Jamie Jones0
 
  Sam Craigie1
 
 
 
  John Higgins4
 
  John Higgins4
 
 
  Paul Davison0
 

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

 
Last 128
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  Shaun Murphy0
 
 
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
  Jamie Cope2
 
  Adam Stefanow2
 
 
 
  Jamie Cope4
 
  Luca Brecel1
 
 
 
  Michael White4
 
  Graeme Dott0
 
 
 
  Michael White4
 
  Michael White4
 
 
 
  Chen Zhe3
 
  Chen Zhe4
 
 
 
  Ross Muir1
 
  Michael White4
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale2
 
  Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
  Sean O'Sullivan2
 
  Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
  Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn3
 
  Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn4
 
 
 
  Rory McLeod2
 
  Ricky Walden2
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
  Tom Ford4
 
 
 
  Ian Burns2
 
  Tom Ford0
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
 
  Joe Swail2
 

Section 6Edit

 
Last 128
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Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Mei Xiwen1
 
 
 
  Duane Jones4
 
  Duane Jones0
 
 
 
  Fraser Patrick4
 
  Fraser Patrick4
 
 
 
  Marc Davis1
 
  Fraser Patrick0
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
  Stuart Carrington3
 
 
 
  Michael Holt4
 
  Michael Holt1
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
 
 
  Martin O'Donnell0
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski0
 
  Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
  David Lilley3
 
  Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
  John Astley1
 
  John Astley4
 
 
 
  Xiao Guodong3
 
  Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
  Joe Perry3
 
  Elliot Slessor2
 
 
 
  Jimmy Robertson4
 
  Jimmy Robertson3
 
 
 
  Joe Perry4
 
  Joe Perry4
 
 
  Itaro Santos0
 

Section 7Edit

 
Last 128
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  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce1
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou2
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 
 
 
  Patrick Wallace2
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Robin Hull1
 
  Robin Hull4
 
 
 
  James Cahill2
 
  Robin Hull4
 
 
 
  Lee Walker2
 
  Lee Walker4
 
 
 
  Rhys Clark2
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson3
 
  Marco Fu4
 
 
 
  Ryan Day3
 
  Marco Fu3
 
 
 
  Sam Baird4
 
  Noppon Saengkham3
 
 
 
  Sam Baird4
 
  Sam Baird3
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
  Andrew Higginson4
 
 
 
  Daniel Wells1
 
  Andrew Higginson3
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
 
  Peter Lines0
 

Section 8Edit

 
Last 128
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  Ashley Hugill0
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty4
 
  Ken Doherty3
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
  Boonyarit Keattikun2
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill2
 
  Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
  Sydney Wilson2
 
  Aditya Mehta3
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill4
 
  Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
  Fang Xiongman2
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao3
 
  Eden Sharav4
 
 
 
  Oliver Lines1
 
  Eden Sharav0
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
  Steven Hallworth1
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
  Robbie Williams3
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Yu Delu1
 
  Ding Junhui2
 
 
  Yu Delu4
 

FinalsEdit

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei3
 
 
 
  Mark King5
 
  Mark King6
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson2
 
  Kyren Wilson5
 
 
 
  Mark Williams4
 
  Mark King9
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins8
 
  Michael White2
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins5
 
  Barry Hawkins6
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton5
 
  Mark Allen2
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton5
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:   Terry Camilleri.
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20 November 2016.[11][12][13]
Mark King
  England
9–8 Barry Hawkins
  England
Afternoon: 1–85 (85), 6–118 (113), 126–11 (110), 49–80, 1–60, 14–64, 66–18, 90–1
Evening: 95–5 (62), 101–13 (100), 83–1, 76–6 (54), 0–73 (73), 40–82 (76), 65–28, 65–72, 84–33
110 Highest break 113
2 Century breaks 1
4 50+ breaks 4

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Coral Northern Ireland Open 2016". World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Calendar 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. ^ "World Championship: Snooker tour to be revamped in 2016". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Hearn Announces New Five Year Plan". World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Alex Higgins: NI trophy named after two-time world champion". BBC Sport. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Higgins Makes 147 in Belfast". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Northern Ireland Open: Mark King ends 25-year wait for ranking title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  8. ^ "King Crowned in Belfast". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Indicative prize money rankings schedule 2016/2017 season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Northern Ireland Open Draw" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Northern Ireland Open Format" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Coral Northern Ireland Open Results". Snooker.org. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Northern Ireland Open Matches". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Northern Ireland Open Centuries". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)