Paul Hunter Classic


The Paul Hunter Classic is a non-ranking snooker tournament. It changed from a ranking event to a 16-man invitational event in 2019. From 2010 to 2015 it was part of the Players Tour Championship. Barry Hawkins is the reigning champion. After losing its ranking event status, independent promoter Snookerstars.de promoted the 2019 event.

Paul Hunter Classic
Tournament information
VenueStadthalle
LocationFürth
CountryGermany
Established2004
Organisation(s)WPBSA, Snookerstars.de
FormatRanking event (2016–2018)
Non-ranking event (2019)
Total prize fund£120,000
Current champion(s) Barry Hawkins

History


The tournament started in 2004 as the Grand Prix Fürth and was staged in Fürth, Germany. After two years as the Fürth German Open, it was renamed the Paul Hunter Classic in 2007 in memory of the late player Paul Hunter.[1] In 2010 it became part of the Players Tour Championship.[2]

There have been six official maximum breaks in the history of the tournament. The first was made by Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2011 against Adam Duffy.[3] The second was compiled by Ken Doherty in 2012 against Julian Treiber. This was Doherty's first 147.[4] The third was made in 2014 by Aditya Mehta against Stephen Maguire. Mehta became the first Indian player to compile an official 147.[5] The fourth was made by Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in 2016[6] The fifth and sixth were made by Michael Georgiou and Jamie Jones on same day in 2018.[7]

Winners


[1][2][8]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
Grand Prix Fürth (pro–am)
2004 Paul Hunter Matthew Stevens 4–2 2004/05
Fürth German Open (pro–am)
2005 Mark King Michael Holt 4–2 2005/06
2006 Michael Holt Barry Hawkins 4–2 2006/07
Paul Hunter Classic (pro–am)
2007 Barry Pinches Ken Doherty 4–0 2007/08
2008 Shaun Murphy Mark Selby 4–0 2008/09
2009 Shaun Murphy Jimmy White 4–0 2009/10
Paul Hunter Classic (minor-ranking)
2010 Judd Trump Anthony Hamilton 4–3 2010/11
2011 Mark Selby Mark Davis 4–0 2011/12
2012[9] Mark Selby Joe Swail 4–1 2012/13
2013[10] Ronnie O'Sullivan Gerard Greene 4–0 2013/14
2014[11] Mark Allen Judd Trump 4–2 2014/15
2015[12] Ali Carter Shaun Murphy 4–3 2015/16
Paul Hunter Classic (ranking)
2016[13] Mark Selby Tom Ford 4–2 2016/17
2017 Michael White Shaun Murphy 4–2 2017/18
2018 Kyren Wilson Peter Ebdon 4–2 2018/19
Paul Hunter Classic (non-ranking)
2019 Barry Hawkins Kyren Wilson 4–3 2019/20
2020 Cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic 2020/21

See also


References


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  2. Turner, Chris. "Other pro-am and Invitation Events: Paul Hunter Classic". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  4. "Doherty Joins 147 Club". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. "Mehta 147/O'Sullivan In Form". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  6. "Un-Nooh Makes 147 In Furth". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. "Georgiou and Jones Join 147 Club". World Snooker. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
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  9. "European Tour Event One (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  10. "European Tour Event Four (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  11. "European Tour Event Two (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  12. "Ali Carter wins first title since cancer all-clear". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  13. "Mark Selby wins snooker's Paul Hunter Classic in Germany". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2016.