2016 Welsh Open (snooker)

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Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates 15–21 February 2016
Venue Motorpoint Arena
City Cardiff
Country Wales
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £324,000
Winner's share £60,000
Highest break China Ding Junhui (147)
Final
Champion England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up Australia Neil Robertson
Score 9–5
2015
2017

The 2016 BetVictor Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff from 15 to 21 February 2016. It was the sixth ranking event of the 2015/2016 season.

The defending champion John Higgins lost 1–4 against Michael White in the last 16.[1]

Playing Barry Pinches in the first round, Ronnie O'Sullivan declined the opportunity to make a maximum break, describing the £10,000 prize money on offer as "too cheap". He potted the pink off the penultimate red and made a 146. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn called O'Sullivan's actions "unacceptable" and "disrespectful".[2]

Ding Junhui made the 117th official maximum break in the sixth frame of his quarter-final against Neil Robertson. It was Ding's sixth maximum break in professional competition.[3]

O'Sullivan met Robertson in the final, from 2–5 behind, O'Sullivan won seven frames in a row, finishing with a break of 141 in the 14th frame, to defeat Robertson 9–5 and equal John Higgins's record of four Welsh Open titles.[4] It was O'Sullivan's 28th ranking title, which put him in joint second place with Higgins and Steve Davis for the number of career ranking titles.[5]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money is shown below:

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break was £10,000 (2nd ranking event since it was last won, £5,000 added for each ranking event)

Main draw[edit]

128 players started the tournament with 12 tables in the arena in the early stages.[6]

Top half[edit]

First quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                                   
 
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins 4
 
 
 
England Andy Hicks 0
 
Scotland John Higgins 4
 
 
 
England Sam Baird 0
 
England Sam Baird 4
 
 
 
Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong 2
 
Scotland John Higgins 4
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou 1
 
England Peter Ebdon 4
 
 
 
China Zhang Anda 0
 
England Peter Ebdon 2
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou 4
 
Wales Jamie Jones 0
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou 4
 
Scotland John Higgins 1
 
 
 
Wales Michael White 4
 
China Liang Wenbo 4
 
 
 
Egypt Hatem Yassen 0
 
China Liang Wenbo 4
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson 1
 
England Gary Wilson 4
 
 
 
England Jimmy White 1
 
China Liang Wenbo 1
 
 
 
Wales Michael White 4
 
Wales Michael White 4
 
 
 
England Joe O'Connor 2
 
Wales Michael White 4
 
 
 
England Tom Ford 3
 
England Tom Ford 4
 
 
 
England Jason Weston 1
 
Wales Michael White 0
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
 
England Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin 3
 
England Mike Dunn 3
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 4
 
Wales Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
Australia Vinnie Calabrese 0
 
Wales Ryan Day 1
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
 
Finland Robin Hull 4
 
 
 
Iran Hossein Vafaei 2
 
Finland Robin Hull 3
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
 
 
 
England Sam Craigie 0
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins 3
 
China Xiao Guodong 1
 
 
 
England James Cahill 4
 
England James Cahill 1
 
 
 
England Mark Davis 4
 
England Mark Davis 4
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong 2
 
England Mark Davis 2
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins 4
 
England Robbie Williams 4
 
 
 
England Luke Simmonds 3
 
England Robbie Williams 3
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins 4
 
England Barry Hawkins 4
 
 
Wales Lee Walker 2
 

Second quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                                   
 
 
 
 
England Shaun Murphy 4
 
 
 
Brazil Itaro Santos 1
 
England Shaun Murphy 4
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann 3
 
China Zhou Yuelong 2
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann 4
 
England Shaun Murphy 2
 
 
 
Belgium Luca Brecel 4
 
Belgium Luca Brecel 4
 
 
 
England Ian Burns 3
 
Belgium Luca Brecel 4
 
 
 
England Mark King 3
 
England Mark King 4
 
 
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson 0
 
Belgium Luca Brecel 2
 
 
 
China Ding Junhui 4
 
China Ding Junhui 4
 
 
 
England Steven Hallworth 1
 
China Ding Junhui 4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 3
 
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 4
 
 
 
England Zak Surety 1
 
China Ding Junhui 4
 
 
 
England Matthew Selt 3
 
England Matthew Selt 4
 
 
 
England Nigel Bond 0
 
England Matthew Selt 4
 
 
 
England Sydney Wilson 1
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 3
 
 
 
England Sydney Wilson 4
 
China Ding Junhui 2
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 5
 
Scotland Jamie Burnett w/d
 
 
 
Scotland Ross Muir w/o
 
Scotland Ross Muir 3
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott 4
 
Scotland Graeme Dott 4
 
 
 
Isle of Man Darryl Hill 1
 
Scotland Graeme Dott 2
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu 4
 
England Andrew Higginson 2
 
 
 
Wales Daniel Wells 4
 
Wales Daniel Wells 1
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu 4
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu 4
 
 
 
England Joel Walker 0
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu 2
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 4
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4
 
 
 
England Paul Davison 2
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1
 
 
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 4
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 4
 
 
 
England Liam Highfield 3
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 2
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 4
 
England Stuart Carrington 4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown 0
 
England Stuart Carrington 1
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 4
 
Australia Neil Robertson 4
 
 
Scotland Fraser Patrick 3
 

Bottom half[edit]

Third quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                                   
 
 
 
 
England Mark Selby 4
 
 
 
Wales Duane Jones 0
 
England Mark Selby 4
 
 
 
England Peter Lines 2
 
England David Grace 2
 
 
 
England Peter Lines 4
 
England Mark Selby 4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 2
 
England Ali Carter 4
 
 
 
China Cao Yupeng 1
 
England Ali Carter 3
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 3
 
England Mark Selby 4
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 2
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
China Lu Chenwei 3
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
England Rod Lawler 2
 
England Rod Lawler 4
 
 
 
England Sanderson Lam 3
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin 2
 
England Kyren Wilson 3
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 4
 
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 1
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin 4
 
Norway Kurt Maflin 4
 
 
 
England Hammad Miah 3
 
England Mark Selby 1
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 4
 
 
 
England Craig Steadman 1
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 4
 
 
 
England Robert Milkins 1
 
England Robert Milkins 4
 
 
 
England Sean O'Sullivan 3
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 3
 
 
 
China Yu Delu 4
 
China Yu Delu 4
 
 
 
England Ian Glover 3
 
China Yu Delu 4
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden 3
 
England Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
Thailand James Wattana 3
 
China Yu Delu 1
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
England Jimmy Robertson 4
 
 
 
England Michael Wild 3
 
England Jimmy Robertson 4
 
 
 
England Michael Holt 1
 
England Michael Holt 4
 
 
 
Pakistan Hamza Akbar 3
 
England Jimmy Robertson 0
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
China Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
England Ashley Hugill 2
 
China Tian Pengfei 0
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
 
England Barry Pinches 1
 

Fourth quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                                   
 
 
 
 
England Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
Scotland Michael Leslie 0
 
England Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
England Rory McLeod 1
 
England Rory McLeod 4
 
 
 
England Michael Wasley 3
 
England Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
Scotland Alan McManus 2
 
Scotland Alan McManus 4
 
 
 
Scotland Rhys Clark 3
 
Scotland Alan McManus 4
 
 
 
England Mark Joyce 1
 
England Mark Joyce 4
 
 
 
Wales Gareth Allen 0
 
England Judd Trump 3
 
 
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
 
 
Malta Tony Drago 0
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
 
 
China Li Hang 2
 
China Li Hang 4
 
 
 
England Chris Melling 0
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 2
 
England David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
China Zhang Yong 0
 
England David Gilbert 3
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4
 
 
 
China Lu Ning 0
 
England Joe Perry 5
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston 1
 
Wales Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland David Morris 2
 
Wales Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
England Martin O'Donnell 2
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire 3
 
 
 
England Martin O'Donnell 4
 
Wales Matthew Stevens 3
 
 
 
England Martin Gould 4
 
England Jack Lisowski 4
 
 
 
Scotland Eden Sharav 2
 
England Jack Lisowski 3
 
 
 
England Martin Gould 4
 
England Martin Gould 4
 
 
 
England Adam Duffy 1
 
England Martin Gould 1
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston 4
 
Wales Dominic Dale 3
 
 
 
England Alfie Burden 4
 
England Alfie Burden 1
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston 4
 
England Ben Woollaston 4
 
 
 
England Jamie Cope 0
 
England Ben Woollaston 4
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton 3
 
England Oliver Lines 1
 
 
 
England Allan Taylor 4
 
England Allan Taylor 2
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton 4
 
England Stuart Bingham 1
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton 4
 

Last Eight[edit]

Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
                 
Wales Michael White 0
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
Australia Neil Robertson 6
China Ding Junhui 2
Australia Neil Robertson 5
Australia Neil Robertson 5
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
England Mark Selby 1
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
England Joe Perry 3
England Joe Perry 5
England Ben Woollaston 1

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Malta Terry Camilleri
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 21 February 2016.
Neil Robertson
 Australia
5–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan
 England
Afternoon: 64–5, 78–0 (78), 33–88 (60), 76–1 (76), 12–71 (60), 66–0, 77–1 (77), 20–85
Evening: 39–94 (57), 42–78, 26–74 (67), 21–71 (70), 1–79 (61), 0–141 (141)
78 Highest break 141
0 Century breaks 1
3 50+ breaks 7

Century breaks[edit]

[7]

References[edit]