1987 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18 April–4 May 1987
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £400,000
Winner's share £80,000
Highest break 127
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up England Joe Johnson
Score 18–14
1986
1988

The 1987 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 April–4 May 1987 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Joe Johnson made it to the final again, as did Steve Davis, making it a repeat of the 1986 final. However Johnson did not retain his title, as he fell to the Crucible curse and lost 14–18 to Davis. It was Davis' fourth world title.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • The Davis vs. Johnson final was the first time in the Crucible that two players had met at the final two years running. The last time it happened in the championship was in 1951 by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. It would happen again when Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White met three times in a row between 1992 and 1994.[1][2] This is also the only time that the final was contested by top two seeds of the tournament.[3]
  • Ray Reardon made his last appearance at the Crucible when he beat Yorkshire debutant Barry West 10–5. He then met Davis in the second round where he lost 4–13.[4][5] He dropped out of the top 32 in the rankings at the end of the season from 15 to 38.[6]
  • Aged 18 years and 97 days Stephen Hendry became the youngest ever player to win a match at the Crucible.[7]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8][9]

  • Winner: £80,000
  • Runner-up: £48,000
  • Semi-finals: £24,000
  • Quarter-finals: £12,000
  • Last 16: £6,000
  • Last 32: £3,375
  • Total: £400,000

Main draw[edit]

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[8][10][11][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
18 April            
 England Joe Johnson (1)  10
23 & 24 April
 Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes  9  
 England Joe Johnson (1)  13
18 & 19 April
   Scotland Murdo MacLeod  7  
 England Rex Williams (16)  5
28 & 29 April
 Scotland Murdo MacLeod  10  
 England Joe Johnson (1)  13
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry  12  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (9)  4
24 & 25 April
 England Steve Longworth  10  
 England Steve Longworth  7
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry  13  
 England Willie Thorne (8)  7
30 April, 1 & 2 May
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  10  
 England Joe Johnson (1)  16
20 & 21 April
   England Neal Foulds (13)  9
 England Tony Knowles (5)  6
25, 26 & 27 April
 England Mike Hallett  10  
 England Mike Hallett  13
21 & 22 April
   South Africa Silvino Francisco (12)  9  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco (12)  10
28 & 29 April
 Australia John Campbell  3  
 England Mike Hallett  9
21 & 22 April
   England Neal Foulds (13)  13  
 England Neal Foulds (13)  10
26 & 27 April
 England John Virgo  4  
 England Neal Foulds (13)  13
22 & 23 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (4)  10  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (4)  10
 Wales Mark Bennett  4  
22 & 23 April            
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  5
26 & 27 April
 New Zealand Dene O'Kane  10  
 New Zealand Dene O'Kane  13
22 April
   Wales Doug Mountjoy (14)  5  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (14)  10
28 & 29 April
 England David Taylor  5  
 New Zealand Dene O'Kane  6
21 April
   England Jimmy White (6)  13  
 England Tony Meo (11)  8
25, 26 & 27
 England John Parrott  10  
 England John Parrott  11
20 & 21 April
   England Jimmy White (6)  13  
 England Jimmy White (6)  10
30 April, 1 & 2 May
 England Dean Reynolds  8  
 England Jimmy White (6)  11
19 & 20 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  16
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (7)  10
24 & 25 April
 England Jon Wright  6  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (7)  10
19 & 20 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (10)  13  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (10)  10
28 & 29 April
 Canada Jim Wych  6  
 Wales Terry Griffiths  5
18 & 19 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 Wales Ray Reardon (15)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 England Barry West  5  
 Wales Ray Reardon (15)  4
18 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 England Steve Davis (2)  10
 Australia Warren King  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 3 & 4 May 1987. Referee: Len Ganley[13]
Joe Johnson (1)
 England
14–18 Steve Davis (2)
 England
0–128, 61–53, 74–69, 71–2, 1–77, 12–83, 66–57, 8–69, 35–82, 5–79, 118–15, 25–77, 0–91, 76–44, 7–88, 70–6, 68–34, 0–69, 0–80, 24–81, 24–68, 66–52, 0–77, 75–22, 70–53, 76–44, 73–59, 0–104, 6–113, 33–91, 77–34, 0–78 Century breaks: 2 (Johnson 1, Davis 1)

Highest break by Johnson: 101
Highest break by Davis: 127

0–128, 61–53, 74–69, 71–2, 1–77, 12–83, 66–57, 8–69, 35–82, 5–79, 118–15, 25–77, 0–91, 76–44, 7–88, 70–6, 68–34, 0–69, 0–80, 24–81, 24–68, 66–52, 0–77, 75–22, 70–53, 76–44, 73–59, 0–104, 6–113, 33–91, 77–34, 0–78
England Steve Davis wins the 1987 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 18 century breaks at the championship, the highest of the tournament being 127 by Davis.[8] Davis' 127 is the lowest ever highest break recorded in the Crucible.[14][15][16] Dene O'Kane's 132 was the highest break of the qualifying stages.[8]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
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