Australian Goldfields Open

The Australian Goldfields Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament. The final champion was John Higgins in 2015.

Australian Goldfields Open
Tournament information
VenueBendigo Stadium
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund$500,000[1]
Final year2015
Final champion(s) John Higgins


Australia had previously hosted the 1971 and 1975 World Snooker Championships, as well as several other high-profile snooker tournaments and in 1979 the Australian Masters was established. There was an attempt to turn the event into a ranking tournament in 1989 but the sponsorship fell through so it was staged in Hong Kong instead, as the Hong Kong Open, which incidentally became the first ranking tournament to be staged in Asia. The Hong Kong event was discontinued after just one year, but returned to Australia in 1994 as the Australian Open. The tournament reverted to being called the Australian Masters for the following season, but was dropped from the calendar after the 1995 event. In addition, the tournament was also held in 1995 as the Australian Open immediately following the Australian Masters, featuring mostly the same players and the same two players in the final.[2] In 2011 the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association resurrected the event under the Australian Goldfields Open name and added it to the 2011/2012 calendar. The tournament's later incarnation providing the first ranking tournament victories for future World Champion Stuart Bingham and future world finalist Barry Hawkins and arguably resurrected the careers of these two players who had previously been considered journeyman professionals, who had previously hovered between the fringes of the top 16 and top 32.

In 2016, the event was quietly dropped from the calendar.


Year Winner Runner-up Final score City Season
Australian Masters (non-ranking)[3]
1979 Ian Anderson Perrie Mans Aggregate Score [n 1] Sydney 1979/80
1980 John Spencer Dennis Taylor Aggregate Score [n 1] 1980/81
1981 Tony Meo John Spencer Aggregate Score [n 1] 1981/82
1982 Steve Davis Eddie Charlton Aggregate Score (254-100) [n 1] 1982/83
1983 Cliff Thorburn Bill Werbeniuk 7–3 1983/84
1984 Tony Knowles John Virgo 7–3 1984/85
1985[4] Tony Meo John Campbell 7–2 1985/86
1986 Dennis Taylor Steve Davis 3–2 1986/87
1987 Stephen Hendry Mike Hallett Aggregate Score (371–226) [n 1] 1987/88
Hong Kong Open (ranking)
1989[5] Mike Hallett Dene O'Kane 9–8 Hong Kong 1989/90
Australian Open (non-ranking)
1994[6] John Higgins Willie Thorne 9–5 Melbourne 1994/95
Australian Masters (non-ranking)
1995[6] Anthony Hamilton Chris Small 8–6 Melbourne 1995/96
Australian Open (non-ranking)
1995[2] Anthony Hamilton Chris Small 9–7 Melbourne 1995/96
Australian Goldfields Open (ranking)[7]
2011[8] Stuart Bingham Mark Williams 9–8 Bendigo 2011/12
2012[9] Barry Hawkins Peter Ebdon 9–3 2012/13
2013[10] Marco Fu Neil Robertson 9–6 2013/14
2014[11] Judd Trump Neil Robertson 9–5 2014/15
2015[12] John Higgins Martin Gould 9–8 2015/16


  1. The finals were decided on aggregate score over three frames between 1979 and 1982 and five frames in 1987.


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