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Snooker season 1997/1998

The snooker season 1997/1998 was a series of snooker tournaments played during the years 1997 and 1998. The following table outlines the results for ranking events and the invitational events. This was the first season since 1987-88 that Stephen Hendry failed to win at least one Triple Crown title, although he did reach two finals.

Snooker season 1997/1998
Details
Duration14 August 1997–17 May 1998
Tournaments18
Triple Crown winners
UK ChampionshipEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
MastersWales Mark Williams
World ChampionshipScotland John Higgins

CalendarEdit

Date[n 1] Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score[1][2] Reference
08–14 08–16   CHN NR Superstar International Guangdong Hotel Guangzhou   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Jimmy White 5–3 [3]
09–17 09–20   CHN NR China International Beijing   Steve Davis   Jimmy White 7–4 [4]
09–30 10–05   SCO NR Scottish Masters Civic Centre Motherwell   Nigel Bond   Alan McManus 9–8 [5]
10–14 10–26   ENG WR Grand Prix Bournemouth International Centre Bournemouth   Dominic Dale   John Higgins 9–6 [6]
10–27 11–08   ENG NR Benson & Hedges Championship Willie Thorne Snooker Centre Malvern   Andy Hicks   Paul Davies 9–6 [7]
10–30 11–02   MLT NR Malta Grand Prix Jerma Palace Hotel Marsaskala   Ken Doherty   John Higgins 7–5 [8][9]
11–12 11–30   ENG WR UK Championship Guild Hall Preston   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Stephen Hendry 10–6 [10]
12–08 12–14   GER WR German Open Atlantis Rheinhotel Bingen am Rhein   John Higgins   John Parrott 9–4 [11]
01–16 01–25   WAL WR Welsh Open Newport Leisure Centre Newport   Paul Hunter   John Higgins 9–5 [12][13]
02–01 02–08   ENG NR The Masters Wembley Conference Centre London   Mark Williams   Stephen Hendry 10–9 [14][15]
02–12 02–22   SCO WR Scottish Open A.E.C.C. Aberdeen   Ronnie O'Sullivan   John Higgins 9–5 [16][17]
02–26 03–01   ENG NR Charity Challenge Assembly Rooms Derby   John Higgins   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–8 [18][19]
03–07 03–15   THA WR Thailand Masters Imperial Queens Park Hotel Bangkok   Stephen Hendry   John Parrott 9–6 [20][21]
03–24 03–29   IRL NR Irish Masters Goff's Kill   Ken Doherty   Ronnie O'Sullivan Disqualified [n 2] [22]
04–02 04–12   ENG WR British Open Plymouth Pavilions Plymouth   John Higgins   Stephen Hendry 9–8 [23][24]
04–18 05–04   ENG WR World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield   John Higgins   Ken Doherty 18–12 [25]
05–16 05–23   WAL NR Pontins Professional Pontins Prestatyn   Mark Williams   Martin Clark 9–6 [26]
01–03 05–17   ENG NR Premier League Diamond Centre Irthlingborough   Ken Doherty   Jimmy White 10–1 [27]
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event

* Ronnie O'Sullivan was stripped of the title and disqualified from the tournament having won the final 9–3.
He failed a post match drug test. O'Sullivan tested positive for Cannabis.Ken Doherty was awarded the title.

Official rankingsEdit

The top 16 of the world rankings, these players automatically played in the final rounds of the world ranking events and were invited for the Masters.[28][29][30]

No. Ch. Name Points
1     Stephen Hendry 43127
2     John Higgins 30867
3     Ken Doherty 28601
4     Mark Williams 27485
5     Peter Ebdon 25282
6     John Parrott 25082
7     Ronnie O'Sullivan 24217
8     Nigel Bond 22182
9     Alain Robidoux 21994
10     Alan McManus 20995
11     Tony Drago 19959
12     James Wattana 18822
13     Steve Davis 18654
14     Anthony Hamilton 17004
15     Darren Morgan 16423
16     Stephen Lee 16079

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dates use the month day format
  2. ^ Having won 9–3, Ronnie O'Sullivan was subsequently stripped of his title and disqualified from the tournament, for failing a drugs test.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 1997/98 Season". Snooker.org. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  2. ^ "WPBSA Tournament Diary 1997/1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Riley Superstar International". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  4. ^ Turner, Chris. "China International, China Open, Shanghai Masters, Jiangsu/Wuxi Classic". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Regal Scottish Masters 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Grand Prix 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  7. ^ Turner, Chris. "Benson & Hedges Championship, Masters Qualifying Tournament". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Rothmans Grand Prix 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  9. ^ Turner, Chris. "Malta Grand Prix, Malta Cup". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Liverpool Victoria UK Championship 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  11. ^ "German Open 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Regal Welsh Open 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  13. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: Hunter's first ranking title". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Benson & Hedges Masters 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  15. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: White becomes Brown". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  16. ^ "Regal Scottish Open 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  17. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: Ranking first for Carter". Eurosport. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  18. ^ "Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  19. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: British success for the Whirlwind". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  20. ^ "Beer Chang Thailand Masters 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  21. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: Birth of the Hurricane". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  22. ^ "Benson & Hedges Irish Masters 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  23. ^ "British Open 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  24. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: First world title for Reardon". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  25. ^ "Embassy World Championship 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  26. ^ "1998 Pontins Professional". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 21 October 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  27. ^ "Premier/Matchroom League, Matchroom Championship League". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012.
  28. ^ Turner, Chris. "Historical World Rankings 1990/91 to 2004/05". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  29. ^ "World Rankings 1997/98". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  30. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. pp. 119–123. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X.

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