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The 2017 Championship League was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place from 2 January to 2 March 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England.[1]

Championship League
Tournament information
Dates2 January–2 March 2017
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£181,800
Winner's share£10,000
Highest breakEngland Mark Davis (147)x2
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upWales Ryan Day
Score3–0
2016
2018
Ricoh Arena (Coventry)

Judd Trump was the defending champion, and he made it to the semi-finals, where he lost 2–3 to John Higgins.

The Scotsman then won the final, clinching his first Championship League title with a 3–0 win over Ryan Day. The Welshman took the largest share of the prize money thanks to a lucrative campaign through six groups before qualifying for the winners' group.

Mark Davis made the 127th official maximum break in the deciding 5th frame of his group 3 final against Neil Robertson. This was Davis' first official 147 break and the ninth of the 2016/2017 season. Davis also became the oldest player to make an official 147, at the age of 44.[2] He surpassed the record set by Fergal O'Brien, who scored the first maximum of his career at the age of 43 in a Championship League round robin match against Davis in the previous season.[3] Later on, Davis made the 129th official maximum break in the deciding 5th frame of his Winners' Group round robin match against John Higgins. It was Davis' second official 147 break and the eleventh of the 2016/2017 season. With that, Davis became the first player to make two maximum breaks in a tournament. It was the fourth consecutive year that a maximum was made in the Championship League.[4][5][6]

Contents

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below.[7]

  • Tournament total: £181,800

Group 1Edit

Group 1 was played on 2 and 3 January 2017.[8] David Gilbert was the first player to qualify for the winners group.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Anthony McGill (Q) 6 4 2 15 10 +5 Qualification to Group 1 play-off
2   Mark Davis (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3
3   David Gilbert (Q) 6 4 2 14 11 +3
4   Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 13 11 +2
5   Matthew Selt (A) 6 3 3 13 13 0 Advances into Group 2
6   Ben Woollaston (E) 6 2 4 11 15 −4 Eliminated from the competition
7   Robert Milkins (E) 6 1 5 8 17 −9
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill 2
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 3
 
  Ryan Day 2
 
 
 
  David Gilbert 3
 
  Mark Davis 1
 
 
  David Gilbert 3
 

Group 2Edit

Group 2 was played on 4 and 5 January 2017.[9] Anthony McGill was the second player to qualify for the winners group.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Neil Robertson (Q) 6 5 1 16 10 +6 Qualification to Group 2 play-off
2   Mark Davis (Q) 6 4 2 16 11 +5
3   Ryan Day (Q) 6 4 2 15 10 +5
4   Anthony McGill (Q) 6 3 3 13 13 0
5   Mark Williams (A) 6 2 4 10 13 −3 Advances into Group 3
6   Matthew Selt (E) 6 2 4 9 14 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7   Michael White (E) 6 1 5 9 17 −8
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson 1
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill 3
 
  Anthony McGill 3
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 0
 
  Mark Davis 2
 
 
  Ryan Day 3
 

Group 3Edit

Group 3 was played on 9 and 10 January 2017.[10] Mark Davis was the third player to qualify for the winners group, finishing with a maximum break in the fifth frame decider against Neil Robertson in the group play-off final.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Neil Robertson (Q) 6 4 2 16 9 +7 Qualification to Group 3 play-off
2   Mark Davis (Q) 6 4 2 15 9 +6
3   Ryan Day (Q) 6 4 2 15 13 +2
4   Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 4 2 12 10 +2
5   Mark Williams (A) 6 2 4 10 14 −4 Advances into Group 4
6   Ali Carter (E) 6 2 4 8 13 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7   Joe Perry (E) 6 1 5 8 16 −8
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson3
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins1
 
  Neil Robertson2
 
 
 
  Mark Davis3
 
  Mark Davis3
 
 
  Ryan Day2
 

Group 4Edit

Group 4 was played on 11 and 12 January 2017.[11] Barry Hawkins was the fourth player to qualify for the winners group.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 5 1 16 8 +8 Qualification to Group 4 play-off
2   Mark Williams (Q) 6 4 2 14 10 +4
3   Shaun Murphy (Q) 6 3 3 13 12 +1
4   Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 12 12 0
5   Kyren Wilson (A) 6 3 3 10 14 −4 Advances into Group 5
6   Neil Robertson (E) 6 2 4 13 14 −1 Eliminated from the competition
7   Mark Allen (E) 6 1 5 8 16 −8
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins 3
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 2
 
  Barry Hawkins3
 
 
 
  Mark Williams0
 
  Mark Williams3
 
 
  Shaun Murphy0
 

Group 5Edit

Group 5 was played on 20 and 21 February 2017.[12] Judd Trump was the fifth player to qualify for the winners group.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Judd Trump (Q) 6 6 0 18 9 +9 Qualification to Group 5 play-off
2   Mark Williams (Q) 6 4 2 16 12 +4
3   Shaun Murphy (Q) 6 3 3 14 12 +2
4   Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 10 12 −2
5   Stuart Bingham (A) 6 2 4 11 13 −2 Advances into Group 6
6   Kyren Wilson (E) 6 2 4 10 12 −2 Eliminated from the competition
7   Liang Wenbo (E) 6 1 5 7 16 −9
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trump3
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 0
 
  Judd Trump 3
 
 
 
  Mark Williams 0
 
  Mark Williams3
 
 
  Shaun Murphy 0
 

Group 6Edit

Group 6 was played on 22 and 23 February 2017. Ryan Day was the sixth player to qualify for the winners group. It was also his sixth try, as he had been part of the tournament since the first group was played out.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Martin Gould (Q) 6 4 2 15 11 +4 Qualification to Group 6 play-off
2   Ricky Walden (Q) 6 4 2 14 12 +2
3   Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 13 11 +2
4   Stuart Bingham (Q) 6 3 3 13 12 +1
5   Mark Selby (A) 6 3 3 12 10 +2 Advances into Group 7
6   Mark Williams (E) 6 2 4 11 16 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7   Shaun Murphy (E) 6 2 4 8 14 −6
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Martin Gould 3
 
 
 
  Stuart Bingham 1
 
  Martin Gould 1
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 3
 
  Ricky Walden 2
 
 
  Ryan Day 3
 

Group 7Edit

Group 7 was played on 27 and 28 February 2017. John Higgins was the seventh and final player to qualify for the winners group.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Stuart Bingham (Q) 6 6 0 18 4 +14 Qualification to Group 7 play-off
2   John Higgins (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3
3   Michael Holt (Q) 6 3 3 13 13 0
4   Mark Selby (Q) 6 3 3 11 11 0
5   Ricky Walden (E) 6 2 4 11 15 −4 Eliminated from the competition
6   Martin Gould (E) 6 2 4 8 15 −7
7   Graeme Dott (E) 6 1 5 9 15 −6
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Stuart Bingham 2
 
 
 
  Mark Selby 3
 
  Mark Selby 0
 
 
 
  John Higgins 3
 
  John Higgins 3
 
 
  Michael Holt 2
 

Winners' GroupEdit

The Winners' Group was played on 1 and 2 March 2017. In the final, John Higgins defeated Ryan Day 3–0 to win the Championship League title for the first time in his career.

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Judd Trump (Q) 6 5 1 16 8 +8 Qualification to the Winners' Group play-off
2   Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 4 2 15 11 +4
3   Ryan Day (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3
4   John Higgins (Q) 6 3 3 14 12 +2
5   Mark Davis (E) 6 3 3 12 12 0 Eliminated from the competition
6   David Gilbert (E) 6 1 5 7 15 −8
7   Anthony McGill (E) 6 1 5 7 16 −9
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trump 2
 
 
 
  John Higgins 3
 
  John Higgins 3
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 0
 
  Barry Hawkins 2
 
 
  Ryan Day 3
 

Century breaksEdit

Total: 112

Bold: highest break in the indicated group.

WinningsEdit

No. Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W TOTAL
1   Ryan Day 5300 4400 3100 2800 2000 6100 8900 32600
2   John Higgins 6300 14600 20900
3   Mark Davis 2800 3200 6800 3400 16200
4   Barry Hawkins 2500 6400 6600 15500
5   Judd Trump 6600 6800 13400
=   Mark Williams 1500 1000 4800 5000 1100 13400
7   Anthony McGill 3100 6100 1400 10600
8   Neil Robertson 2900 5100 1300 9300
9   David Gilbert 6200 1400 7600
10   Stuart Bingham 1100 2600 3400 7100
11   Shaun Murphy 2300 2400 800 5500
=   Martin Gould 4700 800 5500
13   Mark Selby 1200 4000 5200
14   Ricky Walden 3500 1100 4600
15   Michael Holt 2900 2900
16   Matthew Selt 1300 900 2200
17   Kyren Wilson 1000 1000 2000
18   Graeme Dott 1400 1400
19   Ben Woollaston 1100 1100
20   Michael White 900 900
21   Robert Milkins 800 800
=   Ali Carter 800 800
=   Joe Perry 800 800
=   Mark Allen 800 800
25   Liang Wenbo 700 700
Total prize money 20,600 19,900 20,100 19,400 18,800 20,000 19,900 43,100 181,800

Green: won the group. Bold: highest break in the group. All prize money in GBP.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/full-calendar/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-02-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ 2014 Championship League
  5. ^ 2015 Championship League
  6. ^ 2016 Championship League
  7. ^ http://www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk/prize-fund/
  8. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/championship-league-gilbert-wins-group-one/
  9. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/championship-league-mcgill-takes-group-two/
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/hawkins-wins-championship-league-group-four/
  12. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/trump-wins-group-five/

External linksEdit