2015 UK Championship

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Betway UK Championship
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Tournament information
Dates 24 November–6 December 2015
Venue Barbican Centre
City York
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £732,000
Winner's share £150,000
Highest break Australia Neil Robertson (147)
Final
Champion Australia Neil Robertson
Runner-up China Liang Wenbo
Score 10–5
2014
2016

The 2015 Betway UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 24 November and 6 December 2015 at the Barbican Centre in York, England. It was the fourth ranking event of the 2015/2016 season.[1]

The 2014 champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who had not played in professional competition since April, decided not to defend his title.[2] He made his debut as a pundit during the tournament, providing in-studio expert analysis for Eurosport alongside Jimmy White.[3]

On the opening day of the tournament, amateur player Adam Duffy defeated world number 9 and two-time UK Champion Ding Junhui 6–2, a result that was described as "one of the biggest upsets in UK Championship history".[4] In the sixth frame of his third-round match against Neil Robertson, Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh came close to achieving his first maximum break in professional competition, but missed the final black off the spot.[5]

The final between Australia's Neil Robertson and China's Liang Wenbo marked the first time that a British player did not compete in the UK Championship final.[6] In the sixth frame, Robertson made the 115th official maximum break in professional competition, and the first 147 break ever attained in a Triple Crown snooker final, for which he earned £44,000 (a rolling prize of £40,000 for a 147 break, plus the tournament's £4,000 highest break prize).[7] It was the fourth time in a row, that a maximum was made in a UK Championship. Robertson went on to defeat Liang 10–5 to claim his second UK Championship title, and the 11th ranking title of his career.[8]

A record 104 centuries were made during the tournament, including nine from Robertson and eight from Liang.[7]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stands at £40,000 (8 ranking events since it was last won, £5,000 added for each ranking event)

Main draw[edit]

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
1 England Stuart Bingham 6
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown 1
1 England Stuart Bingham 6
64 England Anthony Hamilton 3
64 England Anthony Hamilton 6
65 England Peter Lines 4
1 England Stuart Bingham 3
33 England Peter Ebdon 6
32 Wales Dominic Dale 6
97 England Michael Wild 0
32 Wales Dominic Dale 5
33 England Peter Ebdon 6
33 England Peter Ebdon 6
96 China Lyu Chenwei 0
33 England Peter Ebdon 2
80 England David Grace 6
16 England Robert Milkins 6
113 Australia Vinnie Calabrese 0
16 England Robert Milkins 2
80 England David Grace 6
49 England Andrew Higginson 1
80 England David Grace 6
80 England David Grace 6
48 England Jack Lisowski 4
17 Scotland Graeme Dott 6
112 England Nigel Bond 2
17 Scotland Graeme Dott 5
48 England Jack Lisowski 6
48 England Jack Lisowski 6
81 England Zak Surety 4

Section 2[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
41 England Gary Wilson 6
88 England Martin O'Donnell 3
41 England Gary Wilson 4
24 England Martin Gould 6
24 England Martin Gould 6
105 England Allan Taylor 2
24 England Martin Gould 6
9 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
56 Republic of Ireland David Morris 5
73 England Michael Georgiou 6
73 England Michael Georgiou 2
9 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
9 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
China Zhao Xintong 2
24 England Martin Gould 6
57 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 3
40 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
89 England Chris Wakelin 6
89 England Chris Wakelin 2
25 England Michael Holt 6
25 England Michael Holt 6
104 Scotland Fraser Patrick 4
25 England Michael Holt 1
57 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 6
57 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 6
72 England Joel Walker 0
57 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 6
England Adam Duffy 5
8 China Ding Junhui 2
England Adam Duffy 6

Section 3[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
5 England Judd Trump 6
England Hammad Miah 1
5 England Judd Trump 6
60 England Stuart Carrington 3
60 England Stuart Carrington 6
69 England Liam Highfield 4
5 England Judd Trump 4
28 China Liang Wenbo 6
28 China Liang Wenbo 6
101 Wales Gareth Allen 1
28 China Liang Wenbo 6
37 England Jimmy Robertson 2
37 England Jimmy Robertson 6
92 China Lu Ning 4
28 China Liang Wenbo 6
53 England Tom Ford 5
12 Wales Mark Williams 6
117 Pakistan Hamza Akbar 4
12 Wales Mark Williams 5
53 England Tom Ford 6
53 England Tom Ford 6
76 Scotland Scott Donaldson 1
53 England Tom Ford 6
21 England Kyren Wilson 1
21 England Kyren Wilson 6
108 England Paul Davison 3
21 England Kyren Wilson 6
44 England Mike Dunn 2
44 England Mike Dunn 6
85 Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 3

Section 4[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
45 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 6
84 Scotland Michael Leslie 0
45 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 5
20 England David Gilbert 6
20 England David Gilbert 6
109 England Jason Weston 1
20 England David Gilbert 3
13 Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
52 China Yu Delu 6
77 England Michael Wasley 2
52 China Yu Delu 0
13 Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
13 Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
116 Egypt Hatem Yassen 2
13 Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
4 England Shaun Murphy 4
36 England Mark King 5
93 Scotland Ross Muir 6
93 Scotland Ross Muir 5
29 England Ben Woollaston 6
29 England Ben Woollaston 6
100 England Steven Hallworth 1
29 England Ben Woollaston 2
4 England Shaun Murphy 6
61 China Zhou Yuelong 6
68 England Craig Steadman 3
61 China Zhou Yuelong 1
4 England Shaun Murphy 6
4 England Shaun Murphy 6
England Ashley Hugill 1

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
3 Australia Neil Robertson 6
Wales Alex Taubman 3
3 Australia Neil Robertson 6
62 India Aditya Mehta 2
62 India Aditya Mehta 6
67 England Sam Baird 5
3 Australia Neil Robertson 6
35 Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2
30 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 6
99 Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong 5
30 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 5
35 Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6
35 Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6
94 Isle of Man Darryl Hill 3
3 Australia Neil Robertson 6
14 Scotland Stephen Maguire 1
14 Scotland Stephen Maguire 6
115 England Jimmy White 5
14 Scotland Stephen Maguire 6
78 England Jamie Cope 0
51 England Rory McLeod 5
78 England Jamie Cope 6
14 Scotland Stephen Maguire 6
19 England Mark Davis 4
19 England Mark Davis 6
110 Scotland Rhys Clark 1
19 England Mark Davis 6
46 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
46 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
83 Malta Tony Drago 0

Section 6[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
43 Scotland Jamie Burnett 6
86 England Sanderson Lam 1
43 Scotland Jamie Burnett 6
22 Scotland Alan McManus 3
22 Scotland Alan McManus 6
107 Scotland Eden Sharav 5
43 Scotland Jamie Burnett 6
54 China Li Hang 3
54 China Li Hang 6
75 Wales Lee Walker 5
54 China Li Hang 6
11 England Ricky Walden 5
11 England Ricky Walden 6
118 Brazil Itaro Santos 1
43 Scotland Jamie Burnett 4
6 Scotland John Higgins 6
38 England Rod Lawler 4
91 Wales Daniel Wells 6
91 Wales Daniel Wells 3
27 England Ali Carter 6
27 England Ali Carter 6
102 England Alfie Burden 4
27 England Ali Carter 2
6 Scotland John Higgins 6
59 China Tian Pengfei 6
70 England Ian Burns 1
59 China Tian Pengfei 2
6 Scotland John Higgins 6
6 Scotland John Higgins 6
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 1

Section 7[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
7 England Barry Hawkins 6
England Andy Hicks 5
7 England Barry Hawkins 3
58 Finland Robin Hull 6
58 Finland Robin Hull 6
71 China Zhang Anda 4
58 Finland Robin Hull 2
39 Belgium Luca Brecel 6
26 Scotland Anthony McGill 6
103 England James Cahill 3
26 Scotland Anthony McGill 4
39 Belgium Luca Brecel 6
39 Belgium Luca Brecel 6
90 Iran Hossein Vafaei 1
39 Belgium Luca Brecel 4
23 England Matthew Selt 6
10 England Joe Perry 6
119 Thailand James Wattana 1
10 England Joe Perry 3
55 England Robbie Williams 6
55 England Robbie Williams 6
74 England Mitchell Mann 3
55 England Robbie Williams 3
23 England Matthew Selt 6
23 England Matthew Selt 6
106 China Zhang Yong 5
23 England Matthew Selt 6
87 England Sean O'Sullivan 4
42 Norway Kurt Maflin 3
87 England Sean O'Sullivan 6

Section 8[edit]

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
47 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 6
82 England Chris Melling 4
47 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 6
18 Wales Ryan Day 2
18 Wales Ryan Day 6
111 Wales Duane Jones 1
47 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 6
50 England Mark Joyce 5
50 England Mark Joyce 6
79 England Barry Pinches 4
50 England Mark Joyce 6
114 England Sydney Wilson 2
15 Wales Michael White 5
114 England Sydney Wilson 6
47 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 1
2 England Mark Selby 6
34 China Xiao Guodong 6
95 Thailand Noppon Saengkham 5
34 China Xiao Guodong 1
31 Wales Jamie Jones 6
31 Wales Jamie Jones 6
98 England Ian Glover 4
31 Wales Jamie Jones 5
2 England Mark Selby 6
63 China Cao Yupeng 2
66 England Oliver Lines 6
66 England Oliver Lines 0
2 England Mark Selby 6
2 England Mark Selby 6
England Joe O'Connor 0

Finals[edit]

Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
         
80 England David Grace 6
24 England Martin Gould 5
80 England David Grace 4
28 China Liang Wenbo 6
28 China Liang Wenbo 6
13 Hong Kong Marco Fu 5
28 China Liang Wenbo 5
3 Australia Neil Robertson 10
3 Australia Neil Robertson 6
6 Scotland John Higgins 5
3 Australia Neil Robertson 6
2 England Mark Selby 0
23 England Matthew Selt 1
2 England Mark Selby 6

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Netherlands Jan Verhaas.
Barbican Centre, York, England, 6 December 2015.
Liang Wenbo (28)
 China
5–10 Neil Robertson (3)
 Australia
Afternoon: 40–71, 16–69 (60), 110–0 (110), 6–106 (106), 62–59, 0–151 (147), 33–69 (69), 86–0 (86)
Evening: 90–27 (82), 47–78 (78), 15–74, 78–1 (78), 35–70 (56), 55–59, 9–62
110 Highest break 147
1 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 6

Century breaks[edit]

Source: World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (worldsnookerdata.com)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calendar 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan will not defend UK Snooker Championship". BBC Sport. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan to make full punditry debut live on Eurosport for UK Championship". EuroSport. 29 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "UK Championship: Ding Junhui beaten by amateur Adam Duffy". BBC Sport. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Thepchaiya Un-Nooh misses black off spot for a 147". The Irish Times. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Robertson sets up final date with Liang at UK Championship". RTÉ Sport. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Robertson Wins UK and Makes 147". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "UK Championship final: Neil Robertson makes 147 and wins title". BBC Sport. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "UK Championship: century breaks". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 

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