Champion of Champions (snooker)
|Location||London (1978, 1980)|
Coventry (since 2013)
|Total prize fund||£300,000|
|Current champion(s)||Ronnie O'Sullivan|
The Champion of Champions features winners of World Snooker events over the preceding 12 months, with the field topped up, if necessary, from the current World Rankings. In 2015 the tournament had a prize fund of £300,000, of which £100,000 goes to the winner.
The event was created in 1978 by boxing promoter Mike Barrett. The event was contested by four players at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. It was played over two days with the semi-finals on the first day and the final on the second day. World Champion Ray Reardon beat the Masters winner Alex Higgins 11–9 in the final. Brief highlights were shown on ITV's World of Sport on the following afternoon.
The event was not held in 1979 but appeared again in 1980 at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane, London but in a different format. Ten players competed in the tournament, split into two groups. Each group played a round robin with the winners of the groups advancing to the final. Doug Mountjoy beat John Virgo 10–8 in the final. The tournament was then abandoned since the audiences had been poor and the event financially unsuccessful.
The event was revived in 2013 by Matchroom Sport, replacing the Premier League Snooker on the calendar. The event is held in November at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and contested by 16 of the world's leading players. The event is broadcast live in the United Kingdom on ITV4. The 2013 and 2014 tournaments were both won by Ronnie O'Sullivan but he chose not to defend the title in 2015. In 2015, Neil Robertson defeated Mark Allen by 10–5 to claim his first title in this tournament. In 2016, John Higgins beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–7 in the final., Ronnie O'Sullivan was beaten by Shaun Murphy in the 2017 final. Ronnie took back the trophy in 2018 after beating Kyren Wilson 10–9.
|Year||Winner||Runner-up||Final score||Host city||Season|
|1978||Ray Reardon||Alex Higgins||11–9||London||1978/79|
|1980||Doug Mountjoy||John Virgo||10–8||1980/81|
|Champion of Champions (non-ranking)|
|2013||Ronnie O'Sullivan||Stuart Bingham||10–8||Coventry||2013/14|
|2014||Ronnie O'Sullivan||Judd Trump||10–7||2014/15|
|2015||Neil Robertson||Mark Allen||10–5||2015/16|
|2016||John Higgins||Ronnie O'Sullivan||10–7||2016/17|
|2017||Shaun Murphy||Ronnie O'Sullivan||10–8||2017/18|
|2018||Ronnie O'Sullivan||Kyren Wilson||10–9||2018/19|
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