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 Higgins4
 
 
 
England Andy Hicks0
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
 
 
England Sam Baird0
 
England Sam Baird4
 
 
 
Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong2
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou1
 
England Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
China Zhang Anda0
 
England Peter Ebdon2
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou4
 
Wales Jamie Jones0
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou4
 
Scotland John Higgins1
 
 
 
Wales Michael White4
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
Egypt Hatem Yassen0
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson1
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
England Jimmy White1
 
China Liang Wenbo1
 
 
 
Wales Michael White4
 
Wales Michael White4
 
 
 
England Joe O'Connor2
 
Wales Michael White4
 
 
 
England Tom Ford3
 
England Tom Ford4
 
 
 
England Jason Weston1
 
Wales Michael White0
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen5
 
England Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin3
 
England Mike Dunn3
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day4
 
Wales Ryan Day4
 
 
 
Australia Vinnie Calabrese0
 
Wales Ryan Day1
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
Finland Robin Hull4
 
 
 
Iran Hossein Vafaei2
 
Finland Robin Hull3
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
 
 
England Sam Craigie0
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins3
 
China Xiao Guodong1
 
 
 
England James Cahill4
 
England James Cahill1
 
 
 
England Mark Davis4
 
England Mark Davis4
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong2
 
England Mark Davis2
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
England Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
England Luke Simmonds3
 
England Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
 
Wales Lee Walker2
 

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 Murphy4
 
 
 
Brazil Itaro Santos1
 
England Shaun Murphy4
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann3
 
China Zhou Yuelong2
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann4
 
England Shaun Murphy2
 
 
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
England Ian Burns3
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
England Mark King3
 
England Mark King4
 
 
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson0
 
Belgium Luca Brecel2
 
 
 
China Ding Junhui4
 
China Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
England Steven Hallworth1
 
China Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Joe Swail3
 
Northern Ireland Joe Swail4
 
 
 
England Zak Surety1
 
China Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
England Matthew Selt3
 
England Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
England Nigel Bond0
 
England Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
England Sydney Wilson1
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene3
 
 
 
England Sydney Wilson4
 
China Ding Junhui2
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson5
 
Scotland Jamie Burnettw/d
 
 
 
Scotland Ross Muirw/o
 
Scotland Ross Muir3
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott4
 
Scotland Graeme Dott4
 
 
 
Isle of Man Darryl Hill1
 
Scotland Graeme Dott2
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
England Andrew Higginson2
 
 
 
Wales Daniel Wells4
 
Wales Daniel Wells1
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
 
 
England Joel Walker0
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu2
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
 
 
England Paul Davison2
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh1
 
 
 
Scotland Anthony McGill4
 
Scotland Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
England Liam Highfield3
 
Scotland Anthony McGill2
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
England Stuart Carrington4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown0
 
England Stuart Carrington1
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
 
Scotland Fraser Patrick3
 

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 Selby4
 
 
 
Wales Duane Jones0
 
England Mark Selby4
 
 
 
England Peter Lines2
 
England David Grace2
 
 
 
England Peter Lines4
 
England Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien2
 
England Ali Carter4
 
 
 
China Cao Yupeng1
 
England Ali Carter3
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien4
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham3
 
England Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams2
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
 
 
China Lu Chenwei3
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
 
 
England Rod Lawler2
 
England Rod Lawler4
 
 
 
England Sanderson Lam3
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin2
 
England Kyren Wilson3
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez4
 
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez1
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin4
 
Norway Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
England Hammad Miah3
 
England Mark Selby1
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan5
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
England Craig Steadman1
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
England Robert Milkins1
 
England Robert Milkins4
 
 
 
England Sean O'Sullivan3
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng3
 
 
 
China Yu Delu4
 
China Yu Delu4
 
 
 
England Ian Glover3
 
China Yu Delu4
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden3
 
England Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
Thailand James Wattana3
 
China Yu Delu1
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
England Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
England Michael Wild3
 
England Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
England Michael Holt1
 
England Michael Holt4
 
 
 
Pakistan Hamza Akbar3
 
England Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
China Tian Pengfei4
 
 
 
England Ashley Hugill2
 
China Tian Pengfei0
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
England Barry Pinches1
 

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 McLeod1
 
England Rory McLeod 4
 
 
 
England Michael Wasley 3
 
England Judd Trump4
 
 
 
Scotland Alan McManus2
 
Scotland Alan McManus 4
 
 
 
Scotland Rhys Clark 3
 
Scotland Alan McManus4
 
 
 
England Mark Joyce1
 
England Mark Joyce 4
 
 
 
Wales Gareth Allen 0
 
England Judd Trump3
 
 
 
England Joe Perry4
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
 
 
Malta Tony Drago 0
 
England Joe Perry4
 
 
 
China Li Hang2
 
China Li Hang 4
 
 
 
England Chris Melling 0
 
England Joe Perry4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty2
 
England David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
China Zhang Yong 0
 
England David Gilbert3
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty4
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4
 
 
 
China Lu Ning 0
 
England Joe Perry5
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston1
 
Wales Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland David Morris 2
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
England Martin O'Donnell2
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire 3
 
 
 
England Martin O'Donnell 4
 
Wales Matthew Stevens3
 
 
 
England Martin Gould4
 
England Jack Lisowski 4
 
 
 
Scotland Eden Sharav 2
 
England Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
England Martin Gould4
 
England Martin Gould 4
 
 
 
England Adam Duffy 1
 
England Martin Gould1
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
Wales Dominic Dale 3
 
 
 
England Alfie Burden 4
 
England Alfie Burden1
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
England Ben Woollaston 4
 
 
 
England Jamie Cope 0
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton3
 
England Oliver Lines 1
 
 
 
England Allan Taylor 4
 
England Allan Taylor2
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton4
 
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]