2016 Paul Hunter Classic

The 2016 Paul Hunter Classic was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 24 and 28 August 2016 at the Stadthalle in Fürth, Germany.[2] It was the fourth ranking event of the 2016/2017 season.[3]

Paul Hunter Classic
Tournament information
Dates24–28 August 2016
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund125,000[1]
Winner's share€25,000
Highest break Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (147)
Champion Mark Selby
Runner-up Tom Ford

Named in honour of former professional snooker player Paul Hunter, this was the first time for which the event was a ranking tournament, having previously been a minor-ranking event of the Players Tour Championship.[1] It was also the first of the two ranking events of the season, along with the Gibraltar Open (also a former European Tour event), which would be open to amateurs and would form the new Amateur Order of Merit.[4]

Ali Carter was the defending champion,[5] but he was defeated 3–4 by Yan Bingtao in the last 32.[6]

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh made the 119th official maximum break in the second frame of his last 32 match against Kurt Maflin. It was Un-Nooh's first professional maximum break, having missed the final black on two occasions the previous season.[7]

Mark Selby won his 8th ranking title, defeating Tom Ford 4–2 in the final.[8]