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The Northern Ireland Open is a professional ranking snooker tournament. The players compete for the Alex Higgins trophy.

Northern Ireland Open
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Tournament information
LocationBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Established2016
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000
Current champion(s)England Judd Trump

HistoryEdit

On April 29, 2015, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn announced it would be added to the main tour in 2016 as the "Northern Ireland Open"[1] at a Belfast venue, as part of a new Home Nations Series with the existing Welsh Open and new English Open and Scottish Open tournaments.[2][3]

The 2017 Final made history as Yan Bingtao became the youngest player ever to reach a ranking final. Yan came close to breaking Ronnie O'Sullivan's record of the youngest player ever to win a ranking event, which had stood for (at the time) 24 years but he narrowly lost to Mark Williams 8–9 after having led 8–7. This final also featured one of the biggest age gaps between finalists as Williams was almost 25 years older than Yan. Additionally, Yan also became the first player born in the 2000s to reach the final of a ranking tournament.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Sponsor Venue Season
Northern Ireland Open (ranking)
2016   Mark King   Barry Hawkins 9–8 Coral   Belfast 2016/17
2017   Mark Williams   Yan Bingtao 9–8 Dafabet 2017/18
2018   Judd Trump   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–7 BetVictor 2018/19

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