2016 Northern Ireland Open


The 2016 Coral Northern Ireland Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 14 and 20 November 2016 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1] It was the ninth ranking event of the 2016/2017 season.[2]

Northern Ireland Open
Tournament information
Dates14–20 November 2016
VenueTitanic Exhibition Centre
CityBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000[1]
Winner's share£70,000
Highest break John Higgins (147)
Final
Champion Mark King
Runner-up Barry Hawkins
Score9–8
First
2017

This was the inaugural Northern Ireland Open event, being held as part of a new Home Nations Series introduced in the 2016/2017 season with the existing Welsh Open and new English Open and Scottish Open tournaments.[3][4] The winner of the Northern Ireland Open is awarded the Alex Higgins Trophy which is named in honour of Northern Irish two-time World Champion Alex Higgins.[5]

John Higgins made the 123rd official maximum break in the fifth frame of his last 64 match against Sam Craigie. It was Higgins' eight professional maximum break.[6]

Mark King won the first ranking title of his career by defeating Barry Hawkins 9–8 in the final.[7][8]

Prize fund


The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[9]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £10,000.

Main draw


[10][11][12][13]

Top half

Section 1
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Judd Trump (1)w/d
 
 
 
Peter Ebdonw/o
 
Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
Adam Duffy3
 
Michael Wild2
 
 
 
Adam Duffy4
 
Peter Ebdon2
 
 
 
Scott Donaldson4
 
Kurt Dunham4
 
 
 
Christopher Keogan2
 
Kurt Dunham3
 
 
 
Scott Donaldson4
 
Robert Milkins1
 
 
 
Scott Donaldson4
 
Scott Donaldson2
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei4
 
Stephen Maguire (16)3
 
 
 
Alan McManus4
 
Alan McManus0
 
 
 
Sanderson Lam4
 
Wang Yuchen1
 
 
 
Sanderson Lam4
 
Sanderson Lam1
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei4
 
Zak Surety4
 
 
 
Darryl Hill3
 
Zak Surety2
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei4
 
Hossein Vafaei4
 
 
Rod Lawler3
 
Section 2
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Zhang Yong2
 
 
 
Kurt Maflin4
 
Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
Alex Borg1
 
Alex Borg4
 
 
 
Dechawat Poomjaeng2
 
Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
Josh Boileau1
 
Mike Dunn3
 
 
 
Josh Boileau4
 
Josh Boileau4
 
 
 
Hamza Akbar2
 
Ali Carter (9)w/d
 
 
 
Hamza Akbarw/o
 
Kurt Maflin2
 
 
 
Mark King4
 
Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
Tian Pengfei2
 
Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
Mitchell Mann0
 
Thor Chuan Leong1
 
 
 
Mitchell Mann4
 
Fergal O'Brien0
 
 
 
Mark King4
 
Mark King4
 
 
 
Igor Figueiredo1
 
Mark King4
 
 
 
Liang Wenbo (8)2
 
Liang Wenbo (8)4
 
 
Nigel Bond1
 
Section 3
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)4
 
 
 
David John1
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)4
 
 
 
Jimmy White1
 
Gareth Allen2
 
 
 
Jimmy White4
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)4
 
 
 
Zhang Anda0
 
Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
Ian Preece0
 
Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
Chris Wakelin3
 
Chris Wakelin4
 
 
 
James Wattana1
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)3
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson (12)4
 
Kyren Wilson (12)4
 
 
 
Hammad Miah2
 
Kyren Wilson (12)4
 
 
 
Jordan Brown2
 
Jordan Brown4
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston2
 
Kyren Wilson (12)4
 
 
 
Sunny Akani2
 
Cao Yupeng1
 
 
 
Sunny Akani4
 
Sunny Akani4
 
 
 
Mark Davis3
 
Mark Davis4
 
 
Jason Weston0
 
Section 4
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Matthew Selt2
 
 
 
Jamie Curtis-Barrett4
 
Jamie Curtis-Barrett1
 
 
 
David Gilbert4
 
Zhao Xintong1
 
 
 
David Gilbert4
 
David Gilbert2
 
 
 
Mark Williams (13)4
 
Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
Alfie Burden1
 
Craig Steadman0
 
 
 
Mark Williams (13)4
 
Mark Williams (13)4
 
 
 
David Grace2
 
Mark Williams (13)4
 
 
 
John Higgins (4)1
 
Zhou Yuelong4
 
 
 
Matthew Stevens3
 
Zhou Yuelong4
 
 
 
Allan Taylor0
 
Allan Taylor4
 
 
 
Li Hang2
 
Zhou Yuelong0
 
 
 
John Higgins (4)4
 
Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
Jamie Jones0
 
Sam Craigie1
 
 
 
John Higgins (4)4
 
John Higgins (4)4
 
 
Paul Davison0
 

Bottom half

Section 5
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Shaun Murphy (3)0
 
 
 
Luca Brecel4
 
Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
Jamie Cope2
 
Adam Stefanow2
 
 
 
Jamie Cope4
 
Luca Brecel1
 
 
 
Michael White4
 
Graeme Dott0
 
 
 
Michael White4
 
Michael White4
 
 
 
Chen Zhe3
 
Chen Zhe4
 
 
 
Ross Muir1
 
Michael White4
 
 
 
Dominic Dale2
 
Ricky Walden (14)4
 
 
 
Sean O'Sullivan2
 
Ricky Walden (14)4
 
 
 
Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn3
 
Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn4
 
 
 
Rory McLeod2
 
Ricky Walden (14)2
 
 
 
Dominic Dale4
 
Tom Ford4
 
 
 
Ian Burns2
 
Tom Ford0
 
 
 
Dominic Dale4
 
Dominic Dale4
 
 
Joe Swail2
 
Section 6
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Mei Xiwen1
 
 
 
Duane Jones4
 
Duane Jones0
 
 
 
Fraser Patrick4
 
Fraser Patrick4
 
 
 
Marc Davis1
 
Fraser Patrick0
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (11)4
 
Stuart Carrington3
 
 
 
Michael Holt4
 
Michael Holt1
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (11)4
 
Barry Hawkins (11)4
 
 
 
Martin O'Donnell0
 
Barry Hawkins (11)4
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski0
 
Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
David Lilley3
 
Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
John Astley1
 
John Astley4
 
 
 
Xiao Guodong3
 
Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
Joe Perry (6)3
 
Elliot Slessor2
 
 
 
Jimmy Robertson4
 
Jimmy Robertson3
 
 
 
Joe Perry (6)4
 
Joe Perry (6)4
 
 
Itaro Santos0
 
Section 7
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Mark Allen (7)4
 
 
 
Mark Joyce1
 
Mark Allen (7)4
 
 
 
Michael Georgiou2
 
Michael Georgiou4
 
 
 
Patrick Wallace2
 
Mark Allen (7)4
 
 
 
Robin Hull1
 
Robin Hull4
 
 
 
James Cahill2
 
Robin Hull4
 
 
 
Lee Walker2
 
Lee Walker4
 
 
 
Rhys Clark2
 
Mark Allen (7)4
 
 
 
Gary Wilson3
 
Marco Fu (10)4
 
 
 
Ryan Day3
 
Marco Fu (10)3
 
 
 
Sam Baird4
 
Noppon Saengkham3
 
 
 
Sam Baird4
 
Sam Baird3
 
 
 
Gary Wilson4
 
Andrew Higginson4
 
 
 
Daniel Wells1
 
Andrew Higginson3
 
 
 
Gary Wilson4
 
Gary Wilson4
 
 
Peter Lines0
 
Section 8
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Ashley Hugill0
 
 
 
Ken Doherty4
 
Ken Doherty3
 
 
 
Anthony Hamilton4
 
Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
Boonyarit Keattikun2
 
Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
Anthony McGill (15)2
 
Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
Sydney Wilson2
 
Aditya Mehta3
 
 
 
Anthony McGill (15)4
 
Anthony McGill (15)4
 
 
 
Fang Xiongman2
 
Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao3
 
Eden Sharav4
 
 
 
Oliver Lines1
 
Eden Sharav0
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
Steven Hallworth1
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
Robbie Williams3
 
Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
Yu Delu1
 
Ding Junhui (2)2
 
 
Yu Delu4
 

Finals

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei3
 
 
 
Mark King5
 
Mark King6
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson (12)2
 
Kyren Wilson (12)5
 
 
 
Mark Williams (13)4
 
Mark King9
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (11)8
 
Michael White2
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (11)5
 
Barry Hawkins (11)6
 
 
 
Anthony Hamilton5
 
Mark Allen (7)2
 
 
Anthony Hamilton5
 

Final


Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Terry Camilleri.
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20 November 2016.[11][12][13]
Mark King
 England
9–8 Barry Hawkins (11)
 England
Afternoon: 1–85 (85), 6–118 (113), 126–11 (110), 49–80, 1–60, 14–64, 66–18, 90–1
Evening: 95–5 (62), 101–13 (100), 83–1, 76–6 (54), 0–73 (73), 40–82 (76), 65–28, 65–72, 84–33
110 Highest break 113
2 Century breaks 1
4 50+ breaks 4

Century breaks


[14]

References


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