2017 Championship League

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Championship League
Tournament information
Dates2 January–2 March 2017
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£181,800
Winner's share£10,000
Highest breakEngland Mark Davis (147)x2
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upWales Ryan Day
Score3–0
2016
2018
Ricoh Arena (Coventry)

The 2017 Championship League was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place from 2 January to 2 March 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England.[1]

Judd Trump was the defending champion, and he made it to the semi-finals, where he lost 2–3 to John Higgins.

The Scotsman then won the final, clinching his first Championship League title with a 3–0 win over Ryan Day. The Welshman took the largest share of the prize money thanks to a lucrative campaign through six groups before qualifying for the winners' group.

Mark Davis made the 127th official maximum break in the deciding 5th frame of his group 3 final against Neil Robertson. This was Davis' first official 147 break and the ninth of the 2016/2017 season. Davis also became the oldest player to make an official 147, at the age of 44.[2] He surpassed the record set by Fergal O'Brien, who scored the first maximum of his career at the age of 43 in a Championship League round robin match against Davis in the previous season.[3] Later on, Davis made the 129th official maximum break in the deciding 5th frame of his Winners' Group round robin match against John Higgins. It was Davis' second official 147 break and the eleventh of the 2016/2017 season. With that, Davis became the first player to make two maximum breaks in a tournament. It was the fourth consecutive year that a maximum was made in the Championship League.[4][5][6]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below.[7]

  • Tournament total: £181,800

Group 1[edit]

Group 1 was played on 2 and 3 January 2017.[8] David Gilbert was the first player to qualify for the winners group.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Scotland Anthony McGill (Q) 6 4 2 15 10 +5 Qualification to Group 1 play-off
2 England Mark Davis (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3
3 England David Gilbert (Q) 6 4 2 14 11 +3
4 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 13 11 +2
5 England Matthew Selt (A) 6 3 3 13 13 0 Advances into Group 2
6 England Ben Woollaston (E) 6 2 4 11 15 −4 Eliminated from the competition
7 England Robert Milkins (E) 6 1 5 8 17 −9
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 2
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 3
 
Wales Ryan Day 2
 
 
 
England David Gilbert 3
 
England Mark Davis 1
 
 
England David Gilbert 3
 

Group 2[edit]

Group 2 was played on 4 and 5 January 2017.[9] Anthony McGill was the second player to qualify for the winners group.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Australia Neil Robertson (Q) 6 5 1 16 10 +6 Qualification to Group 2 play-off
2 England Mark Davis (Q) 6 4 2 16 11 +5
3 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 4 2 15 10 +5
4 Scotland Anthony McGill (Q) 6 3 3 13 13 0
5 Wales Mark Williams (A) 6 2 4 10 13 −3 Advances into Group 3
6 England Matthew Selt (E) 6 2 4 9 14 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7 Wales Michael White (E) 6 1 5 9 17 −8
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 1
 
 
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 3
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 3
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 0
 
England Mark Davis 2
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 3
 

Group 3[edit]

Group 3 was played on 9 and 10 January 2017.[10] Mark Davis was the third player to qualify for the winners group, finishing with a maximum break in the fifth frame decider against Neil Robertson in the group play-off final.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Australia Neil Robertson (Q) 6 4 2 16 9 +7 Qualification to Group 3 play-off
2 England Mark Davis (Q) 6 4 2 15 9 +6
3 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 4 2 15 13 +2
4 England Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 4 2 12 10 +2
5 Wales Mark Williams (A) 6 2 4 10 14 −4 Advances into Group 4
6 England Ali Carter (E) 6 2 4 8 13 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7 England Joe Perry (E) 6 1 5 8 16 −8
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson3
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins1
 
Australia Neil Robertson2
 
 
 
England Mark Davis3
 
England Mark Davis3
 
 
Wales Ryan Day2
 

Group 4[edit]

Group 4 was played on 11 and 12 January 2017.[11] Barry Hawkins was the fourth player to qualify for the winners group.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 5 1 16 8 +8 Qualification to Group 4 play-off
2 Wales Mark Williams (Q) 6 4 2 14 10 +4
3 England Shaun Murphy (Q) 6 3 3 13 12 +1
4 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 12 12 0
5 England Kyren Wilson (A) 6 3 3 10 14 −4 Advances into Group 5
6 Australia Neil Robertson (E) 6 2 4 13 14 −1 Eliminated from the competition
7 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (E) 6 1 5 8 16 −8
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins 3
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 2
 
England Barry Hawkins3
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams0
 
Wales Mark Williams3
 
 
England Shaun Murphy0
 

Group 5[edit]

Group 5 was played on 20 and 21 February 2017.[12] Judd Trump was the fifth player to qualify for the winners group.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Judd Trump (Q) 6 6 0 18 9 +9 Qualification to Group 5 play-off
2 Wales Mark Williams (Q) 6 4 2 16 12 +4
3 England Shaun Murphy (Q) 6 3 3 14 12 +2
4 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 10 12 −2
5 England Stuart Bingham (A) 6 2 4 11 13 −2 Advances into Group 6
6 England Kyren Wilson (E) 6 2 4 10 12 −2 Eliminated from the competition
7 China Liang Wenbo (E) 6 1 5 7 16 −9
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Judd Trump3
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 0
 
England Judd Trump 3
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 0
 
Wales Mark Williams3
 
 
England Shaun Murphy 0
 

Group 6[edit]

Group 6 was played on 22 and 23 February 2017. Ryan Day was the sixth player to qualify for the winners group. It was also his sixth try, as he had been part of the tournament since the first group was played out.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Martin Gould (Q) 6 4 2 15 11 +4 Qualification to Group 6 play-off
2 England Ricky Walden (Q) 6 4 2 14 12 +2
3 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 13 11 +2
4 England Stuart Bingham (Q) 6 3 3 13 12 +1
5 England Mark Selby (A) 6 3 3 12 10 +2 Advances into Group 7
6 Wales Mark Williams (E) 6 2 4 11 16 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7 England Shaun Murphy (E) 6 2 4 8 14 −6
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Martin Gould 3
 
 
 
England Stuart Bingham 1
 
England Martin Gould 1
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 3
 
England Ricky Walden 2
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 3
 

Group 7[edit]

Group 7 was played on 27 and 28 February 2017. John Higgins was the seventh and final player to qualify for the winners group.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Stuart Bingham (Q) 6 6 0 18 4 +14 Qualification to Group 7 play-off
2 Scotland John Higgins (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3
3 England Michael Holt (Q) 6 3 3 13 13 0
4 England Mark Selby (Q) 6 3 3 11 11 0
5 England Ricky Walden (E) 6 2 4 11 15 −4 Eliminated from the competition
6 England Martin Gould (E) 6 2 4 8 15 −7
7 Scotland Graeme Dott (E) 6 1 5 9 15 −6
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Stuart Bingham 2
 
 
 
England Mark Selby 3
 
England Mark Selby 0
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins 3
 
Scotland John Higgins 3
 
 
England Michael Holt 2
 

Winners' Group[edit]

The Winners' Group was played on 1 and 2 March 2017. In the final, John Higgins defeated Ryan Day 3–0 to win the Championship League title for the first time in his career.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Judd Trump (Q) 6 5 1 16 8 +8 Qualification to the Winners' Group play-off
2 England Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 4 2 15 11 +4
3 Wales Ryan Day (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3
4 Scotland John Higgins (Q) 6 3 3 14 12 +2
5 England Mark Davis (E) 6 3 3 12 12 0 Eliminated from the competition
6 England David Gilbert (E) 6 1 5 7 15 −8
7 Scotland Anthony McGill (E) 6 1 5 7 16 −9
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Judd Trump 2
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins 3
 
Scotland John Higgins 3
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 0
 
England Barry Hawkins 2
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 3
 

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 112

Bold: highest break in the indicated group.

Winnings[edit]

No. Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W TOTAL
1 Wales Ryan Day 5300 4400 3100 2800 2000 6100 8900 32600
2 Scotland John Higgins 6300 14600 20900
3 England Mark Davis 2800 3200 6800 3400 16200
4 England Barry Hawkins 2500 6400 6600 15500
5 England Judd Trump 6600 6800 13400
= Wales Mark Williams 1500 1000 4800 5000 1100 13400
7 Scotland Anthony McGill 3100 6100 1400 10600
8 Australia Neil Robertson 2900 5100 1300 9300
9 England David Gilbert 6200 1400 7600
10 England Stuart Bingham 1100 2600 3400 7100
11 England Shaun Murphy 2300 2400 800 5500
= England Martin Gould 4700 800 5500
13 England Mark Selby 1200 4000 5200
14 England Ricky Walden 3500 1100 4600
15 England Michael Holt 2900 2900
16 England Matthew Selt 1300 900 2200
17 England Kyren Wilson 1000 1000 2000
18 Scotland Graeme Dott 1400 1400
19 England Ben Woollaston 1100 1100
20 Wales Michael White 900 900
21 England Robert Milkins 800 800
= England Ali Carter 800 800
= England Joe Perry 800 800
= Northern Ireland Mark Allen 800 800
25 China Liang Wenbo 700 700
Total prize money 20,600 19,900 20,100 19,400 18,800 20,000 19,900 43,100 181,800

Green: won the group. Bold: highest break in the group. All prize money in GBP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/full-calendar/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  4. ^ 2014 Championship League
  5. ^ 2015 Championship League
  6. ^ 2016 Championship League
  7. ^ http://www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk/prize-fund/
  8. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/championship-league-gilbert-wins-group-one/
  9. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/championship-league-mcgill-takes-group-two/
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  11. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/hawkins-wins-championship-league-group-four/
  12. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/trump-wins-group-five/

External links[edit]