2016 Welsh Open (snooker)


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.

Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates15–21 February 2016
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£324,000
Winner's share£60,000
Highest break Ding Junhui (147)
Final
Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up Neil Robertson
Score9–5
2015
2017

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


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


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

Top half

First quarter
 
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
 
                  
 
 
 
 
John Higgins4
 
 
 
Andy Hicks0
 
John Higgins4
 
 
 
Sam Baird0
 
Sam Baird4
 
 
 
Thor Chuan Leong2
 
John Higgins4
 
 
 
Michael Georgiou1
 
Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
Zhang Anda0
 
Peter Ebdon2
 
 
 
Michael Georgiou4
 
Jamie Jones0
 
 
 
Michael Georgiou4
 
John Higgins1
 
 
 
Michael White4
 
Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
Hatem Yassen0
 
Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
Gary Wilson1
 
Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
Jimmy White1
 
Liang Wenbo1
 
 
 
Michael White4
 
Michael White4
 
 
 
Joe O'Connor2
 
Michael White4
 
 
 
Tom Ford3
 
Tom Ford4
 
 
 
Jason Weston1
 
Michael White0
 
 
 
Mark Allen5
 
Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
Chris Wakelin3
 
Mike Dunn3
 
 
 
Ryan Day4
 
Ryan Day4
 
 
 
Vinnie Calabrese0
 
Ryan Day1
 
 
 
Mark Allen4
 
Robin Hull4
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei2
 
Robin Hull3
 
 
 
Mark Allen4
 
Mark Allen4
 
 
 
Sam Craigie0
 
Mark Allen4
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins3
 
Xiao Guodong1
 
 
 
James Cahill4
 
James Cahill1
 
 
 
Mark Davis4
 
Mark Davis4
 
 
 
Zhao Xintong2
 
Mark Davis2
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins4
 
Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
Luke Simmonds3
 
Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins4
 
Barry Hawkins4
 
 
Lee Walker2
 
Second quarter
 
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
 
                  
 
 
 
 
Shaun Murphy4
 
 
 
Itaro Santos1
 
Shaun Murphy4
 
 
 
Mitchell Mann3
 
Zhou Yuelong2
 
 
 
Mitchell Mann4
 
Shaun Murphy2
 
 
 
Luca Brecel4
 
Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
Ian Burns3
 
Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
Mark King3
 
Mark King4
 
 
 
Scott Donaldson0
 
Luca Brecel2
 
 
 
Ding Junhui4
 
Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
Steven Hallworth1
 
Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
Joe Swail3
 
Joe Swail4
 
 
 
Zak Surety1
 
Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
Matthew Selt3
 
Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
Nigel Bond0
 
Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
Sydney Wilson1
 
Gerard Greene3
 
 
 
Sydney Wilson4
 
Ding Junhui2
 
 
 
Neil Robertson5
 
Jamie Burnettw/d
 
 
 
Ross Muirw/o
 
Ross Muir3
 
 
 
Graeme Dott4
 
Graeme Dott4
 
 
 
Darryl Hill1
 
Graeme Dott2
 
 
 
Marco Fu4
 
Andrew Higginson2
 
 
 
Daniel Wells4
 
Daniel Wells1
 
 
 
Marco Fu4
 
Marco Fu4
 
 
 
Joel Walker0
 
Marco Fu2
 
 
 
Neil Robertson4
 
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
 
 
Paul Davison2
 
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh1
 
 
 
Anthony McGill4
 
Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
Liam Highfield3
 
Anthony McGill2
 
 
 
Neil Robertson4
 
Stuart Carrington4
 
 
 
Jordan Brown0
 
Stuart Carrington1
 
 
 
Neil Robertson4
 
Neil Robertson4
 
 
Fraser Patrick3
 

Bottom half

Third quarter
 
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
 
                  
 
 
 
 
Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Duane Jones0
 
Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Peter Lines2
 
David Grace2
 
 
 
Peter Lines4
 
Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Fergal O'Brien2
 
Ali Carter4
 
 
 
Cao Yupeng1
 
Ali Carter3
 
 
 
Fergal O'Brien4
 
Fergal O'Brien4
 
 
 
Noppon Saengkham3
 
Mark Selby4
 
 
 
Mark Williams2
 
Mark Williams4
 
 
 
Lu Chenwei3
 
Mark Williams4
 
 
 
Rod Lawler2
 
Rod Lawler4
 
 
 
Sanderson Lam3
 
Mark Williams4
 
 
 
Kurt Maflin2
 
Kyren Wilson3
 
 
 
Leo Fernandez4
 
Leo Fernandez1
 
 
 
Kurt Maflin4
 
Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
Hammad Miah3
 
Mark Selby1
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan5
 
Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
Craig Steadman1
 
Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
Robert Milkins1
 
Robert Milkins4
 
 
 
Sean O'Sullivan3
 
Dechawat Poomjaeng3
 
 
 
Yu Delu4
 
Yu Delu4
 
 
 
Ian Glover3
 
Yu Delu4
 
 
 
Ricky Walden3
 
Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
James Wattana3
 
Yu Delu1
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
Michael Wild3
 
Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
Michael Holt1
 
Michael Holt4
 
 
 
Hamza Akbar3
 
Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
Tian Pengfei4
 
 
 
Ashley Hugill2
 
Tian Pengfei0
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
Barry Pinches1
 
Fourth quarter
 
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
 
                  
 
 
 
 
Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
Michael Leslie 0
 
Judd Trump 4
 
 
 
Rory McLeod1
 
Rory McLeod 4
 
 
 
Michael Wasley 3
 
Judd Trump4
 
 
 
Alan McManus2
 
Alan McManus 4
 
 
 
Rhys Clark 3
 
Alan McManus4
 
 
 
Mark Joyce1
 
Mark Joyce 4
 
 
 
Gareth Allen 0
 
Judd Trump3
 
 
 
Joe Perry4
 
Joe Perry 4
 
 
 
Tony Drago 0
 
Joe Perry4
 
 
 
Li Hang2
 
Li Hang 4
 
 
 
Chris Melling 0
 
Joe Perry4
 
 
 
Ken Doherty2
 
David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
Zhang Yong 0
 
David Gilbert3
 
 
 
Ken Doherty4
 
Ken Doherty 4
 
 
 
Lu Ning 0
 
Joe Perry5
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston1
 
Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
David Morris 2
 
Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
Martin O'Donnell2
 
Stephen Maguire 3
 
 
 
Martin O'Donnell 4
 
Matthew Stevens3
 
 
 
Martin Gould4
 
Jack Lisowski 4
 
 
 
Eden Sharav 2
 
Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
Martin Gould4
 
Martin Gould 4
 
 
 
Adam Duffy 1
 
Martin Gould1
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston4
 
Dominic Dale 3
 
 
 
Alfie Burden 4
 
Alfie Burden1
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston4
 
Ben Woollaston 4
 
 
 
Jamie Cope 0
 
Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
Anthony Hamilton3
 
Oliver Lines 1
 
 
 
Allan Taylor 4
 
Allan Taylor2
 
 
 
Anthony Hamilton4
 
Stuart Bingham 1
 
 
Anthony Hamilton 4
 

Last Eight

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

Final


Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: 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


[7]

References


  1. "Ronnie O'Sullivan wins at Welsh Open but John Higgins is out". BBC Sport. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. "Ronnie O'Sullivan criticised after turning down 'too cheap' 147 at Welsh Open". BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. "Ding Junhui goes where Rocket refused to go as he sweeps to brilliant 147". RTÉ Sport. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. "Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Neil Robertson to win a fourth Welsh Open title". BBC Sport. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  5. "Rocket Romps to Welsh Title". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. "BetVictor Sponsor Snooker's Welsh Open". World Snooker. January 5, 2016.
  7. "Welsh Open: centuries". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2016-02-18. Retrieved 19 February 2016.