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The snooker season 2002/2003 was a series of snooker tournaments played during the years 2002 and 2003. Due to a legal ban, this was the final season to have events sponsored by tobacco companies (apart from Embassy, who would continue to sponsor the World Championship for another two years). The following table outlines the results for the ranking events and the invitational events. Mark Williams remains the last player to have won all three triple crown events in the same season (UK Championships, Masters, World Championships).

Snooker season 2002/2003
Details
Duration24 September 2002 – 22 May 2003
Tournaments16 (8 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK ChampionshipWales Mark Williams
MastersWales Mark Williams
World ChampionshipWales Mark Williams

CalendarEdit

Date[n 1] Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score[1][2] References
09–24 09–29   SCO NR Scottish Masters Thistle Hotels Glasgow   Ronnie O'Sullivan   John Higgins 9–4 [3]
10–01 10–08   KOR P/A Asian Games Dongju College Gymnasium Busan   Ding Junhui   Supoj Saenla 3–1 [4]
10–05 10–13   ENG WR LG Cup Guild Hall Preston   Chris Small   Alan McManus 9–5 [5]
11–02 11–07   WAL CT Challenge Tour 1 Towers Snooker Club Mansfield   Chris Melling   Tom Ford 6–2 [6]
11–21 11–31   ENG NR Benson & Hedges Championship Towers Snooker Club Mansfield   Mark Davis   Mehmet Husnu 9–6 [7]
11–09 11–17   ENG WR British Open Telford International Centre Telford   Paul Hunter   Ian McCulloch 9–4 [8]
12–01 12–15   ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York   Mark Williams   Ken Doherty 10–9 [9]
01–22 01–26   WAL WR Welsh Open Cardiff International Arena Cardiff   Stephen Hendry   Mark Williams 9–5 [10]
02–02 02–09   ENG NR The Masters Wembley Conference Centre London   Mark Williams   Stephen Hendry 10–4 [11][12]
02–15 02–20   ENG CT Challenge Tour 2 Jesters Snooker Club Swindon   Adrian Rosa   Stuart Mann 6–5 [13]
03–11 03–16   ENG WR European Open Palace Hotel Torquay   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Stephen Hendry 9–6 [14][15]
03–15 03–20   WAL CT Challenge Tour 3 Jesters Snooker Club Swindon   Michael Rhodes   Luke Simmonds 6–5 [16]
03–25 03–30   IRL WR Irish Masters Citywest Hotel Dublin   Ronnie O'Sullivan   John Higgins 10–9 [17]
04–05 04–13   SCO WR Scottish Open Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh   David Gray   Mark Selby 9–7 [18][19]
04–19 05–05   ENG WR World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield   Mark Williams   Ken Doherty 18–16 [20]
01–11 05–11   ENG NR Premier League Snooker Crowtree Leisure Centre Sunderland   Marco Fu   Mark Williams 9–5 [21]
05–16 05–22   WAL CT Challenge Tour 4 Pontin's Prestatyn   Kurt Maflin   James Leadbetter 6–2 [22]
WR = World ranking event
CT = Challenge Tour event
NR = Non-ranking event
P/A = Pro-am event

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.[23][24][25][26]

No. Player Points 2000/01 Points 2001/02 Total
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 25399 24625 50024
2   Mark Williams 21735 25050 46785
3   Peter Ebdon 20777 23875 44652
4   John Higgins 22034 22300 44334
5   Ken Doherty 22079 21400 43479
6   Stephen Hendry 17478 24650 42128
7   Stephen Lee 13944 25725 39669
8   Matthew Stevens 14879 18000 32879
9   Paul Hunter 15809 15500 31309
10   Jimmy White 12009 16925 28934
11   Mark King 11895 15537 27432
12   Graeme Dott 11397 15762 27159
13   Joe Perry 9269 17700 26969
14   Quinten Hann 11395 14837 26232
15   Alan McManus 12190 13550 25740
16   Joe Swail 12117 12762 24879

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dates use the month day format

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 2002/2003 Season". Snooker.org. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  2. ^ "For The Record 2002–3". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 4 December 2004. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Regal Scottish Masters 2002". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  4. ^ "2002 Asian Games Official Report, Page 284" (PDF). Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  5. ^ "LG Cup 2002". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  6. ^ "WSA Challenge Tour 1". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 16 October 2006.
  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 24 November 2011.
  8. ^ "British Open 2002". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  9. ^ "PowerHouse UK Championship 2002". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Regal Welsh Open 2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Benson & Hedges Masters 2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  12. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: White becomes Brown". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  13. ^ "WSA Challenge Tour 2". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 5 September 2006.
  14. ^ "European Open 2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  15. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: Birth of the Hurricane". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  16. ^ "WSA Challenge Tour 3". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006.
  17. ^ "Citywest Irish Masters 2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Regal Scottish Open 2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  19. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: First world title for Reardon". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Embassy World Championship 2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  21. ^ "2002 Premier League Snooker Results". premierleaguesnooker.com. Matchroom Sport. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  22. ^ "WSA Challenge Tour 4". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 5 September 2006.
  23. ^ Turner, Chris. "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 27 April 2011.
  24. ^ "Embassy World Rankings 2002/2003". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  25. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. pp. 119–123. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X.
  26. ^ "Embassy World Rankings issued after the Embassy World Championship 2002". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 4 June 2002. Retrieved 10 January 2013.

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