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The 2016/2017 snooker season was a series of professional snooker tournaments played between 5 May 2016 and 1 May 2017.

Snooker season 2016/2017
Snooker Main Tour 2016-17.png
Nations that hosted a World Snooker Tour event during the 2016/2017 season
Details
Duration5 May 2016 – 1 May 2017
Tournaments30 (19 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK ChampionshipEngland Mark Selby
MastersEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
World ChampionshipEngland Mark Selby

The number of ranking events has been increased in 2016/17, with a target of 20 ranking events in 2017/18. According to the World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn, total prize money for the World Snooker Tour in 2016/17 hit £10 million for the first time ever. The trophy for the Masters was renamed the Paul Hunter trophy in perpetuity, in memory of the three-time Masters champion who died in 2006.[1]

The Snooker Shoot-Out became a ranking event for the first time.[2] The Australian Goldfields Open has been cancelled.[3]

The Players Championship featured the top-16 players on the one year ranking list, as the Players Tour Championship has been cancelled and no order of merit was issued.[4]

The new Home Nations Series was introduced in this season with the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open tournaments. The winner of all four tournaments could earn a massive £1 million bonus prize.[5]

Contents

PlayersEdit

Countries   Australia   China
  Cyprus   England   India
  Ireland   Malaysia   Malta
  Scotland   Thailand   Wales

The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2016 World Championship,[6] and the 30 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualified for the season (Vinnie Calabrese has resigned his membership).[7] The top eight players from the European Tour Order of Merit and top two players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, who have not already qualified for the Main Tour, also qualify. Another two players come from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs,[8][9] and a further twelve places were available through the Q School.[10][11] The rest of the places on to the tour come from the amateur events and national governing body nominations. Yan Bingtao's two-year tour card will commence this season.[12] Also, since Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry have both retired from professional play, only James Wattana was offered an Invitational Tour Card.[13] The list of all professional players in the 2016/2017 season includes 129 players.[14]

New professional playersEdit

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.

CalendarEdit

The following tables outlines the results and dates for all the ranking and major invitational events.[26][27][28][3]

Date[n 1] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05–05 05–08   AUT P/A Vienna Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna   Peter Ebdon   Mark Davis 5–1 [29][30]
06–08 06–12   ENG P/A Pink Ribbon South West Snooker Academy Gloucester   Jamie Jones   David Grace 4–3 [31]
06–22 06–24   LAT WR Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga   Neil Robertson   Michael Holt 5–2 [32]
07–05 07–09   IND WR Indian Open HICC Novotel Hotel Hyderabad   Anthony McGill   Kyren Wilson 5–2 [33]
07–25 07–31   CHN WR World Open Yushan No.1 Middle School Yushan   Ali Carter   Joe Perry 10–8 [34][35]
08–24 08–28   GER WR Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth   Mark Selby   Tom Ford 4–2 [36][37]
09–05 09–10   THA VE[38] Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok   Ding Junhui   Stuart Bingham 8–7 [39]
09–19 09–25   CHN WR Shanghai Masters Shanghai Grand Stage Shanghai   Ding Junhui   Mark Selby 10–6 [40][41]
10–03 10–09   ROU WR European Masters Globus Circus Bucharest   Judd Trump   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–8 [42][43]
10–10 10–16   ENG WR English Open EventCity Manchester   Liang Wenbo   Judd Trump 9–6 [44][45]
10–17 10–21   CHN NR Haining Open Haining Sports Center Haining   Matthew Selt   Li Hang 5–3 [46]
10–23 10–30   CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing   Mark Selby   Ding Junhui 10–1 [47][48]
11–01 11–05   CHN NR China Championship Guangzhou Gymnasium Guangzhou   John Higgins   Stuart Bingham 10–7 [49][50]
11–07 11–12   ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry   John Higgins   Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–7 [51]
11–14 11–20   NIR WR Northern Ireland Open Titanic Belfast Belfast   Mark King   Barry Hawkins 9–8 [52][53]
11–22 12–04   ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York   Mark Selby   Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–7 [54]
12–12 12–18   SCO WR Scottish Open Commonwealth Arena Glasgow   Marco Fu   John Higgins 9–4 [55][56]
12–19 12–23   SIN P/A Singapore Open Lagoon Billiard Toa Payoh   Boonyarit Keattikun   Noppon Saengkham 5–4 [57]
01–15 01–22   ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Joe Perry 10–7 [58]
01–27 01–29   ITA P/A Italian Open Sala Torre Bolzano   Martin O'Donnell   Alexander Ursenbacher 3–2 [59]
02–01 02–05   GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin   Anthony Hamilton   Ali Carter 9–6 [60]
02–06 02–12   ENG WR World Grand Prix Preston Guild Hall Preston   Barry Hawkins   Ryan Day 10–7 [61]
02–13 02–19   WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff   Stuart Bingham   Judd Trump 9–8 [62]
02–23 02–26   ENG WR Snooker Shoot-Out Watford Colosseum Watford   Anthony McGill   Xiao Guodong 1–0 [63]
01–02 03–02   ENG NR Championship League Ricoh Arena Coventry   John Higgins   Ryan Day 3–0 [64]
03–03 03–05   GIB WR Gibraltar Open Tercentenary Sports Hall, Victoria Stadium Gibraltar   Shaun Murphy   Judd Trump 4–2 [65]
03–06 03–12   WAL WR Players Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno   Judd Trump   Marco Fu 10–8 [66]
03–22 03–24   ENG NR World Seniors Championship Baths Hall Scunthorpe   Peter Lines   John Parrott 4–0 [67]
03–27 04–02   CHN WR China Open Beijing University Students' Gymnasium Beijing   Mark Selby   Mark Williams 10–8 [68]
04–15 05–01   ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield   Mark Selby   John Higgins 18–15 [69]
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
VE = Variant event
P/A = Pro–am event

Official rankingsEdit

Points distributionEdit

2016/2017 points distribution for world ranking events:[70]

Tournament/Round→ R144 R128 R96 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Riga Masters 0 525 1,050 2,250 4,500 11,250 18,750 37,500
Indian Open 0 2,000 3,000 6,000 9,000 13,500 25,000 50,000
World Open 0 4,000 6,500 8,000 12,500 21,000 40,000 90,000
Paul Hunter Classic 0 525 900 1,725 3,000 4,500 9,000 18,750
Shanghai Masters 0 500[n 2] 2,000 3,000[n 2] 6,000[n 2] 8,000 12,000 19,500 35,000 85,000
European Masters 0 1,312 2,625 4,500 8,250 13,125 26,250 56,250
English Open 0 2,500 3,500 6,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 70,000
International Championship 0 4,000 7,000 12,000 17,500 30,000 65,000 125,000
Northern Ireland Open 0 2,500 3,500 6,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 70,000
UK Championship 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 22,500 35,000 75,000 170,000
Scottish Open 0 2,500 3,500 6,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 70,000
German Masters 0 1,500 3,000 3,750 7,500 15,000 26,250 60,000
World Grand Prix 5,000 7,500 12,500 20,000 40,000 100,000
Welsh Open 0 2,500 3,500 6,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 70,000
Shoot-Out 0 500 1,000 2,000 4,000 8,000 16,000 32,000
Gibraltar Open 0 525 900 1,725 3,000 4,500 9,000 18,750
Players Championship 10,000 15,000 30,000 50,000 125,000
China Open 0 4,000 6,500 8,000 12,500 21,000 35,000 85,000
World Championship 0 8,000 12,000 16,000[n 2] 25,000 37,500 75,000 160,000 375,000

Statistics of ranking tournamentsEdit

FinalistsEdit

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals
1 Mark Selby   England 5 1 6
2 Judd Trump   England 2 3 5
3 Anthony McGill   Scotland 2 0 2
4 Ali Carter   England 1 1 2
Ding Junhui   China 1 1 2
Marco Fu   Hong Kong 1 1 2
Barry Hawkins   England 1 1 2
8 Neil Robertson   Australia 1 0 1
Liang Wenbo   China 1 0 1
Mark King   England 1 0 1
Anthony Hamilton   England 1 0 1
Stuart Bingham   England 1 0 1
Shaun Murphy   England 1 0 1
14 Ronnie O'Sullivan   England 0 2 2
John Higgins   Scotland 0 2 2
16 Michael Holt   England 0 1 1
Kyren Wilson   England 0 1 1
Joe Perry   England 0 1 1
Tom Ford   England 0 1 1
Ryan Day   Wales 0 1 1
Xiao Guodong   China 0 1 1
Mark Williams   Wales 0 1 1
Total 19 19 38

Champions by countryEdit

Country Players Titles
  England 8 13
  Scotland 1 2
  China 2 2
  Australia 1 1
  Hong Kong 1 1

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dates use the month day format
  2. ^ a b c d Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points.

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