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The Paul Hunter Classic is a non-ranking snooker tournament. It changed from a ranking event to a 16 man invitational event in 2019. From 2010 to 2015 it was part of the Players Tour Championship. Barry Hawkins is the reigning champion.

Paul Hunter Classic
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Tournament information
VenueStadthalle
LocationFürth
CountryGermany
Established2004
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£120,000
Current champion(s)England Barry Hawkins

HistoryEdit

The tournament started in 2004 as the Grand Prix Fürth and was staged in Fürth, Germany. After two years as the Fürth German Open, it was renamed the Paul Hunter Classic in 2007 in memory of the late player Paul Hunter.[1] In 2010 it became part of the Players Tour Championship.[2]

There have been six official maximum breaks in the history of the tournament. The first was made by Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2011 against Adam Duffy.[3] The second was compiled by Ken Doherty in 2012 against Julian Treiber. This was Doherty's first 147.[4] The third was made in 2014 by Aditya Mehta against Stephen Maguire. Mehta became the first Indian player to compile an official 147.[5] The fourth was made by Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in 2016[6] The fifth and sixth were made by Michael Georgiou and Jamie Jones on same day in 2018.[7]

WinnersEdit

[1][2][8]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
Grand Prix Fürth (pro–am)
2004   Paul Hunter   Matthew Stevens 4–2 2004/05
Fürth German Open (pro–am)
2005   Mark King   Michael Holt 4–2 2005/06
2006   Michael Holt   Barry Hawkins 4–2 2006/07
Paul Hunter Classic (pro–am)
2007   Barry Pinches   Ken Doherty 4–0 2007/08
2008   Shaun Murphy   Mark Selby 4–0 2008/09
2009   Shaun Murphy   Jimmy White 4–0 2009/10
Paul Hunter Classic (minor-ranking)
2010   Judd Trump   Anthony Hamilton 4–3 2010/11
2011   Mark Selby   Mark Davis 4–0 2011/12
2012[9]   Mark Selby   Joe Swail 4–1 2012/13
2013[10]   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Gerard Greene 4–0 2013/14
2014[11]   Mark Allen   Judd Trump 4–2 2014/15
2015[12]   Ali Carter   Shaun Murphy 4–3 2015/16
Paul Hunter Classic (ranking)
2016[13]   Mark Selby   Tom Ford 4–2 2016/17
2017   Michael White   Shaun Murphy 4–2 2017/18
2018   Kyren Wilson   Peter Ebdon 4–2 2018/19
Paul Hunter Classic (non-ranking)
2019   Barry Hawkins   Kyren Wilson 4–3 2019/20

StatsEdit

FinalistsEdit

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals
1 Mark Selby   England 3 1 4
2 Shaun Murphy   England 2 2 4
3 Michael Holt   England 1 1 2
3 Judd Trump   England 1 1 2
3 Kyren Wilson   England 1 1 2
3 Barry Hawkins   England 1 1 2
7 Mark Allen   Northern Ireland 1 0 1
7 Ronnie O'Sullivan   England 1 0 1
7 Paul Hunter   England 1 0 1
7 Mark King   England 1 0 1
7 Barry Pinches   England 1 0 1
7 Allister Carter   England 1 0 1
7 Michael White   Wales 1 0 1
14 Matthew Stevens   Wales 0 1 1
14 Ken Doherty   Ireland 0 1 1
14 Jimmy White   England 0 1 1
14 Anthony Hamilton   England 0 1 1
14 Gerard Greene   Northern Ireland 0 1 1
14 Mark Davis   England 0 1 1
14 Joe Swail   Northern Ireland 0 1 1
14 Tom Ford   England 0 1 1
14 Peter Ebdon   England 0 1 1
  • Active players are shown in bold.

Champions by countryEdit

Country Players Total First title Last title
  England 11 14 2004 2019
  Northern Ireland 1 1 2014 2014
  Wales 1 1 2017 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Geschichte der PHC". SnookerStars. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "Other pro-am and Invitation Events: Paul Hunter Classic". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Doherty Joins 147 Club". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Mehta 147/O'Sullivan In Form". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Un-Nooh Makes 147 In Furth". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Georgiou and Jones Join 147 Club". World Snooker. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Paul Hunter Classic History". Global Snooker. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  9. ^ "European Tour Event One (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  10. ^ "European Tour Event Four (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  11. ^ "European Tour Event Two (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Ali Carter wins first title since cancer all-clear". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Mark Selby wins snooker's Paul Hunter Classic in Germany". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2016.