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The 2017 Dafabet Northern Ireland Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20–26 November 2017 in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1] It was the tenth ranking event of the 2017/2018 season and a part of the Home Nations Series.

Northern Ireland Open
Tournament information
Dates20–26 November 2017
VenueWaterfront Hall
CityBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (142)
Final
ChampionWales Mark Williams
Runner-upChina Yan Bingtao
Score9–8
2016
2018

Mark King was the defending champion, but he was beaten 4–1 in the third round (last 32) by Yan Bingtao. By reaching the final Yan Bingtao became the youngest ever finalist of a ranking event.

Mark Williams won the 19th ranking title of his career, beating Yan Bingtao 9–8 in the final.[2] Williams had to come from 7–8 behind to win and denied Bingtao becoming the youngest ever winner of a ranking event. Ronnie O'Sullivan still holds that record for the 1993 UK Championship.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3]

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

Main drawEdit

[4][5]

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Mark King4
 
 
 
  Matthew Bolton 1
 
  Mark King 4
 
 
 
  Ashley Hugill 1
 
  Josh Boileau 2
 
 
 
  Ashley Hugill 4
 
  Mark King 1
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao 4
 
  Jamie Curtis-Barrett 4
 
 
 
  Ian Preece 1
 
  Jamie Curtis-Barrett 0
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao 4
 
  Robbie Williams 0
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao 4
 
  Yan Bingtao 4
 
 
 
  Ryan Day 3
 
  Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
  John Astley 3
 
  Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
  Li Hang 2
 
  Cao Yupeng 3
 
 
 
  Li Hang 4
 
  Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
  Robin Hull 3
 
  Zhou Yuelong 4
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott 3
 
  Zhou Yuelong 1
 
 
 
  Robin Hull 4
 
  Robin Hull 4
 
 
  Eden Sharav 3
 

Section 2Edit

 
Last 128
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Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
  Hammad Miah 0
 
  Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski 2
 
  Jack Lisowski 4
 
 
 
  Sean O'Sullivan 0
 
  Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
  Jimmy Robertson 3
 
  Jimmy Robertson 4
 
 
 
  Michael White 2
 
  Jimmy Robertson 4
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong 3
 
  Barry Hawkins 3
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong 4
 
  Ricky Walden 2
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins 4
 
  Alfie Burden 3
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins 4
 
  Robert Milkins 4
 
 
 
  Oliver Lines 1
 
  Oliver Lines 4
 
 
 
  Xu Si 3
 
  Robert Milkins 4
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson 3
 
  Billy Joe Castle 4
 
 
 
  Declan Brennan 2
 
  Billy Joe Castle 0
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson 4
 
  Neil Robertson 4
 
 
  Jamie Jones 1
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Mark Allen 4
 
 
 
  Sanderson Lam 2
 
  Mark Allen 3
 
 
 
  Tian Pengfei 4
 
  Soheil Vahedi 2
 
 
 
  Tian Pengfei 4
 
  Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham 2
 
  Craig Steadman 1
 
 
 
  Yu Delu 4
 
  Yu Delu 3
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham 4
 
  Hamza Akbar 3
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham 4
 
  Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin 1
 
  Luca Brecel w/d
 
 
 
  Fang Xiongman w/o
 
  Fang Xiongman 1
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin 4
 
  Chris Totten 0
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin 4
 
  Chris Wakelin 4
 
 
 
  Jimmy White 0
 
  Jimmy White 4
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale 3
 
  Jimmy White 4
 
 
 
  Jak Jones 0
 
  Jak Jones 4
 
 
  Lee Walker 3
 

Section 4Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Niu Zhuang 4
 
 
 
  Ian Burns 3
 
  Niu Zhuang 1
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty 4
 
  Peter Lines 2
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty 4
 
  Ken Doherty 3
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield 4
 
  Liam Highfield 4
 
 
 
  Mark Davis 3
 
  Liam Highfield 4
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo 1
 
  Liang Wenbo 4
 
 
 
  Jackson Page 1
 
  Liam Highfield 2
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian 4
 
  Alan McManus 1
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun 4
 
  Yuan Sijun 1
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian 4
 
  Lyu Haotian 4
 
 
 
  Joe Swail 3
 
  Lyu Haotian 4
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2
 
  Allan Taylor 2
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan 3
 
  Shaun Murphy 1
 
 
  Chen Zifan 4
 

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  John Higgins 4
 
 
 
  Nigel Bond 2
 
  John Higgins 4
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei1
 
  Hossein Vafaei 4
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton 2
 
  John Higgins3
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson 4
 
  Stephen Maguire 4
 
 
 
  Basem Eltahhan 0
 
  Stephen Maguire 0
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson 4
 
  Gary Wilson 4
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher 1
 
  Gary Wilson 1
 
 
 
  Li Yuan 4
 
  Anthony McGill w/o
 
 
 
  Boonyarit Keattikun w/d
 
  Anthony McGill 4
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy1
 
  Rory McLeod 2
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy 4
 
  Anthony McGill 3
 
 
 
  Li Yuan 4
 
  Sam Baird 3
 
 
 
  Zhang Yong 4
 
  Zhang Yong 0
 
 
 
  Li Yuan 4
 
  Aditya Mehta 0
 
 
  Li Yuan 4
 

Section 6Edit

 
Last 128
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Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Mei Xiwen 4
 
 
 
  Jordan Brown 0
 
  Mei Xiwen 4
 
 
 
  Alex Borg 1
 
  Alex Borg 4
 
 
 
  Peter Ebdon 3
 
  Mei Xiwen 2
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie 4
 
  Mark Joyce 3
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston 4
 
  Ben Woollaston 2
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie 4
 
  Kyren Wilson 1
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie 4
 
  Sam Craigie 1
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor 4
 
  Elliot Slessor 4
 
 
 
  Kurt Dunham 0
 
  Elliot Slessor 4
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin 2
 
  Andrew Higginson 1
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin 4
 
  Elliot Slessor 4
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 1
 
  Duane Jones 4
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann 1
 
  Duane Jones 0
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
 
  Lukas Kleckers 2
 

Section 7Edit

 
Last 128
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Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Jamie Clarke 2
 
 
 
  Mike Dunn 4
 
  Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens 0
 
  Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
  Leo Fernandez 0
 
  Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
  Michael Holt 1
 
  Michael Georgiou 4
 
 
 
  David Grace 0
 
  Michael Georgiou 2
 
 
 
  Michael Holt 4
 
  Martin O'Donnell w/d
 
 
 
  Michael Holt w/o
 
  Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
  Joe Perry 1
 
  Ali Carter 4
 
 
 
  Chen Zhe 0
 
  Ali Carter 1
 
 
 
  Xiao Guodong 4
 
  Xiao Guodong 4
 
 
 
  Christopher Keogan 2
 
  Xiao Guodong 1
 
 
 
  Joe Perry 4
 
  Rhys Clark 0
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt 4
 
  Matthew Selt 0
 
 
 
  Joe Perry 4
 
  Gerard Greene 3
 
 
  Joe Perry 4
 

Section 8Edit

 
Last 128
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Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda 2
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani 4
 
  Sunny Akani 4
 
 
 
  Wang Yuchen 3
 
  Scott Donaldson 2
 
 
 
  Wang Yuchen 4
 
  Sunny Akani 1
 
 
 
  Mark Williams 4
 
  Tom Ford 4
 
 
 
  Fergal O'Brien 2
 
  Tom Ford 0
 
 
 
  Mark Williams 4
 
  Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
  James Wattana 0
 
  Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
  David Gilbert 2
 
  Daniel Wells 0
 
 
 
  David Gilbert 4
 
  David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
  Paul Davison 2
 
  Paul Davison 4
 
 
 
  Rod Lawler 0
 
  David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
  Ross Muir 3
 
  Ross Muir 4
 
 
 
  Thor Chuan Leong 3
 
  Ross Muir 4
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington 2
 
  Judd Trump 2
 
 
  Stuart Carrington 4
 

FinalsEdit

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao 5
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins 4
 
  Yan Bingtao 6
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian 2
 
  Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian 5
 
  Yan Bingtao 8
 
 
 
  Mark Williams 9
 
  Li Yuan 4
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor 5
 
  Elliot Slessor 2
 
 
 
  Mark Williams 6
 
  Mike Dunn 1
 
 
  Mark Williams 5
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:   Marcel Eckardt.
Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 26 November 2017.[5]
Yan Bingtao
  China
8–9 Mark Williams
  Wales
Afternoon: 79–43, 71–0 (51), 19–67, 74–32, 0–104 (104), 94–29 (63), 3–63, 66–12
Evening: 137–0 (137), 33–82 (62), 5–90 (90), 36–89 (58), 73–23 (59), 18–63, 75–45 (60), 26–75, 28–77
137 Highest break 104
1 Century breaks 1
4 50+ breaks 3

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017/18 World Snooker Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Magnificent Mark Williams fights back to win Northern Ireland Open title in epic final". Eurosport. 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2017/2018 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Northern Ireland Open 2017 Draw" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Home Nations Series Northern Ireland Open 2017 Provisional Format of Play" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2017.