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The 2016 BetVictor Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff from 15 to 21 February 2016. It was the sixth ranking event of the 2015/2016 season.

Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates15–21 February 2016
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£324,000
Winner's share£60,000
Highest breakChina Ding Junhui (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upAustralia Neil Robertson
Score9–5
2015
2017

The defending champion John Higgins lost 1–4 against Michael White in the last 16.[1]

Playing Barry Pinches in the first round, Ronnie O'Sullivan declined the opportunity to make a maximum break, describing the £10,000 prize money on offer as "too cheap". He potted the pink off the penultimate red and made a 146. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn called O'Sullivan's actions "unacceptable" and "disrespectful".[2]

Ding Junhui made the 117th official maximum break in the sixth frame of his quarter-final against Neil Robertson. It was Ding's sixth maximum break in professional competition.[3]

O'Sullivan met Robertson in the final. From 2–5 behind, O'Sullivan won seven frames in a row, finishing with a break of 141 in the 14th frame, to defeat Robertson 9–5 and equal John Higgins's record of four Welsh Open titles.[4] It was O'Sullivan's 28th ranking title, which put him in joint second place with Higgins and Steve Davis for the number of career ranking titles.[5]

Contents

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money is shown below:

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break was £10,000 (2nd ranking event since it was last won, £5,000 added for each ranking event)

Main drawEdit

128 players started the tournament with 12 tables in the arena in the early stages.[6]

Top halfEdit

First quarterEdit

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
  John Higgins4
 
 
 
  Andy Hicks0
 
  John Higgins4
 
 
 
  Sam Baird0
 
  Sam Baird4
 
 
 
  Thor Chuan Leong2
 
  John Higgins4
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou1
 
  Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda0
 
  Peter Ebdon2
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 
  Jamie Jones0
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 
  John Higgins1
 
 
 
  Michael White4
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
  Hatem Yassen0
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson1
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
  Jimmy White1
 
  Liang Wenbo1
 
 
 
  Michael White4
 
  Michael White4
 
 
 
  Joe O'Connor2
 
  Michael White4
 
 
 
  Tom Ford3
 
  Tom Ford4
 
 
 
  Jason Weston1
 
  Michael White0
 
 
 
  Mark Allen5
 
  Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin3
 
  Mike Dunn3
 
 
 
  Ryan Day4
 
  Ryan Day4
 
 
 
  Vinnie Calabrese0
 
  Ryan Day1
 
 
 
  Mark Allen4
 
  Robin Hull4
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei2
 
  Robin Hull3
 
 
 
  Mark Allen4
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie0
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins3
 
  Xiao Guodong1
 
 
 
  James Cahill4
 
  James Cahill1
 
 
 
  Mark Davis4
 
  Mark Davis4
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong2
 
  Mark Davis2
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Luke Simmonds3
 
  Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
 
  Lee Walker2
 

Second quarterEdit

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy4
 
 
 
  Itaro Santos1
 
  Shaun Murphy4
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann3
 
  Zhou Yuelong2
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann4
 
  Shaun Murphy2
 
 
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
  Ian Burns3
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
  Mark King3
 
  Mark King4
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson0
 
  Luca Brecel2
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui4
 
  Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
  Steven Hallworth1
 
  Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
  Joe Swail3
 
  Joe Swail4
 
 
 
  Zak Surety1
 
  Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt3
 
  Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
  Nigel Bond0
 
  Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
  Sydney Wilson1
 
  Gerard Greene3
 
 
 
  Sydney Wilson4
 
  Ding Junhui2
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson5
 
  Jamie Burnettw/d
 
 
 
  Ross Muirw/o
 
  Ross Muir3
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott4
 
  Graeme Dott4
 
 
 
  Darryl Hill1
 
  Graeme Dott2
 
 
 
  Marco Fu4
 
  Andrew Higginson2
 
 
 
  Daniel Wells4
 
  Daniel Wells1
 
 
 
  Marco Fu4
 
  Marco Fu4
 
 
 
  Joel Walker0
 
  Marco Fu2
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson4
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
 
 
  Paul Davison2
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh1
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill4
 
  Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield3
 
  Anthony McGill2
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson4
 
  Stuart Carrington4
 
 
 
  Jordan Brown0
 
  Stuart Carrington1
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson4
 
  Neil Robertson4
 
 
  Fraser Patrick3
 

Bottom halfEdit

Third quarterEdit

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
  Mark Selby4
 
 
 
  Duane Jones0
 
  Mark Selby4
 
 
 
  Peter Lines2
 
  David Grace2
 
 
 
  Peter Lines4
 
  Mark Selby4
 
 
 
  Fergal O'Brien2
 
  Ali Carter4
 
 
 
  Cao Yupeng1
 
  Ali Carter3
 
 
 
  Fergal O'Brien4
 
  Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham3
 
  Mark Selby4
 
 
 
  Mark Williams2
 
  Mark Williams4
 
 
 
  Lu Chenwei3
 
  Mark Williams4
 
 
 
  Rod Lawler2
 
  Rod Lawler4
 
 
 
  Sanderson Lam3
 
  Mark Williams4
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin2
 
  Kyren Wilson3
 
 
 
  Leo Fernandez4
 
  Leo Fernandez1
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
  Hammad Miah3
 
  Mark Selby1
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan5
 
  Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
  Craig Steadman1
 
  Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins1
 
  Robert Milkins4
 
 
 
  Sean O'Sullivan3
 
  Dechawat Poomjaeng3
 
 
 
  Yu Delu4
 
  Yu Delu4
 
 
 
  Ian Glover3
 
  Yu Delu4
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden3
 
  Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
  James Wattana3
 
  Yu Delu1
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
  Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
  Michael Wild3
 
  Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
  Michael Holt1
 
  Michael Holt4
 
 
 
  Hamza Akbar3
 
  Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
  Tian Pengfei4
 
 
 
  Ashley Hugill2
 
  Tian Pengfei0
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
  Barry Pinches1
 

Fourth quarterEdit

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
  Michael Leslie 0
 
  Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
  Rory McLeod1
 
  Rory McLeod 4
 
 
 
  Michael Wasley 3
 
  Judd Trump4
 
 
 
  Alan McManus2
 
  Alan McManus 4
 
 
 
  Rhys Clark 3
 
  Alan McManus4
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce1
 
  Mark Joyce 4
 
 
 
  Gareth Allen 0
 
  Judd Trump3
 
 
 
  Joe Perry4
 
  Joe Perry 4
 
 
 
  Tony Drago 0
 
  Joe Perry4
 
 
 
  Li Hang2
 
  Li Hang 4
 
 
 
  Chris Melling 0
 
  Joe Perry4
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty2
 
  David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
  Zhang Yong 0
 
  David Gilbert3
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty4
 
  Ken Doherty 4
 
 
 
  Lu Ning 0
 
  Joe Perry5
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston1
 
  Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
  David Morris 2
 
  Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
  Martin O'Donnell2
 
  Stephen Maguire 3
 
 
 
  Martin O'Donnell 4
 
  Matthew Stevens3
 
 
 
  Martin Gould4
 
  Jack Lisowski 4
 
 
 
  Eden Sharav 2
 
  Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
  Martin Gould4
 
  Martin Gould 4
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy 1
 
  Martin Gould1
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
  Dominic Dale 3
 
 
 
  Alfie Burden 4
 
  Alfie Burden1
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
  Ben Woollaston 4
 
 
 
  Jamie Cope 0
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton3
 
  Oliver Lines 1
 
 
 
  Allan Taylor 4
 
  Allan Taylor2
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
  Stuart Bingham 1
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton 4
 

Last EightEdit

Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
         
  Michael White 0
  Mark Allen 5
  Mark Allen 4
  Neil Robertson 6
  Ding Junhui 2
  Neil Robertson 5
  Neil Robertson 5
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
  Mark Selby 1
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
  Joe Perry 3
  Joe Perry 5
  Ben Woollaston 1

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:   Terry Camilleri
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 21 February 2016.
Neil Robertson
  Australia
5–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan
  England
Afternoon: 64–5, 78–0 (78), 33–88 (60), 76–1 (76), 12–71 (60), 66–0, 77–1 (77), 20–85
Evening: 39–94 (57), 42–78, 26–74 (67), 21–71 (70), 1–79 (61), 0–141 (141)
78 Highest break 141
0 Century breaks 1
3 50+ breaks 7

Century breaksEdit

[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan wins at Welsh Open but John Higgins is out". BBC Sport. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan criticised after turning down 'too cheap' 147 at Welsh Open". BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Ding Junhui goes where Rocket refused to go as he sweeps to brilliant 147". RTÉ Sport. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Neil Robertson to win a fourth Welsh Open title". BBC Sport. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Rocket Romps to Welsh Title". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/betvictor-sponsor-snookers-welsh-open/
  7. ^ "Welsh Open: centuries". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2016-02-18. Retrieved 19 February 2016.