1998 UK Championship (snooker)

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Liverpool Victoria UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–29 November 1998
Venue Bournemouth International Centre
City Bournemouth
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £460,000
Winner's share £75,000
Final
Champion Scotland John Higgins
Runner-up Wales Matthew Stevens
Score 10–6
1997
1999

The 1998 Liverpool Victoria UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England. The event started on 16 November 1998 and the televised stages were shown on BBC between 21 and 29 November 1998.

This was the first UK championship to be held in Bournemouth since the inaugural championship in 1977, after 20 years at Preston.[1] The Conference Centre has held snooker competitions before. It hosted the World Cup during the 1980s[2] and the International Open in 1994 and 1995.[3]

John Higgins won this year's title by defeating Matthew Stevens 10–6 in the final to go with the World Championship crown he won earlier in the year.[4] Defending UK Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan pulled out due to exhaustion. His doctor had told him to rest after suffering from physical and nervous exhaustion.[5]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6][7]

Main draw[edit]

[6][8][9]

Last 64
Best of 17 frames
Last 32
Best of 17 frames
Last 16
Best of 17 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 17 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                                   
1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan w/d
England John Read w/o
England John Read 5
England Rod Lawler 9
31 Scotland Jamie Burnett 4
England Rod Lawler 9
England Rod Lawler 5
26 Wales Matthew Stevens 9
9 England Stephen Lee 9
England Steve Judd 4
9 England Stephen Lee 6
26 Wales Matthew Stevens 9
26 Wales Matthew Stevens 9
England Bradley Jones 7
26 Wales Matthew Stevens 9
England Matthew Couch 5
15 Thailand James Wattana 3
England Matthew Couch 9
England Matthew Couch 9
Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
17 England Gary Wilkinson 4
Hong Kong Marco Fu 9
England Matthew Couch 9
England Michael Holt 5
8 Scotland Alan McManus 7
England Michael Holt 9
England Michael Holt 9
30 Scotland Graeme Dott 1
30 Scotland Graeme Dott 9
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 3
26 Wales Matthew Stevens 9
19 England Dave Harold 7
5 Wales Mark Williams 9
England Jimmy Michie 3
5 Wales Mark Williams 9
23 Wales Dominic Dale 4
23 Wales Dominic Dale 9
England David Gray 4
5 Wales Mark Williams 4
19 England Dave Harold 9
13 England Nigel Bond 9
England Peter Lines 6
13 England Nigel Bond 5
19 England Dave Harold 9
19 England Dave Harold 9
New Zealand Dene O'Kane 6
19 England Dave Harold 9
20 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
11 England Anthony Hamilton 9
Wales Tony Chappel 4
11 England Anthony Hamilton 8
20 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9
20 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9
England Paul Wykes 2
20 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9
4 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 7
28 England Martin Clark 9
England Joe Perry 8
28 England Martin Clark 7
4 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 9
4 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 9
Scotland John Lardner 0
26 Wales Matthew Stevens 6
2 Scotland John Higgins 10
3 Scotland Stephen Hendry 0
Scotland Marcus Campbell 9
Scotland Marcus Campbell 9
Australia Quinten Hann 5
32 Scotland Billy Snaddon 3
Australia Quinten Hann 9
Scotland Marcus Campbell 7
14 England Steve Davis 9
14 England Steve Davis 9
Scotland Graham Horne 4
14 England Steve Davis 9
21 England Andy Hicks 2
21 England Andy Hicks 9
England John Whitty 6
14 England Steve Davis 4
24 England Paul Hunter 9
16 England Mark King 8
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 9
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 6
24 England Paul Hunter 9
24 England Paul Hunter 9
Wales Lee Walker 3
24 England Paul Hunter 9
18 England Jimmy White 2
7 England Peter Ebdon 4
Wales Paul Davies 9
Wales Paul Davies 4
18 England Jimmy White 9
18 England Jimmy White 9
England Jonathan Birch 7
24 England Paul Hunter 4
2 Scotland John Higgins 9
6 England John Parrott 9
Scotland Euan Henderson 8
6 England John Parrott 9
England Steve James 3
22 Wales Darren Morgan 7
England Steve James 9
6 England John Parrott 9
England Gary Ponting 6
10 Malta Tony Drago 8
England Gary Ponting 9
England Gary Ponting 9
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 8
25 Scotland Chris Small 7
Republic of Ireland Patrick Wallace 9
6 England John Parrott 6
2 Scotland John Higgins 9
12 Canada Alain Robidoux 8
England Lee Richardson 9
England Lee Richardson 3
29 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy 9
29 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy 9
England Neal Foulds 3
27 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy 3
2 Scotland John Higgins 9
27 England Brian Morgan 9
England Tony Jones 4
27 England Brian Morgan 4
2 Scotland John Higgins 9
2 Scotland John Higgins 9
England David Roe 1

Century breaks[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Chris. "UK Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Cup, World Team Classic, Nations Cup". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "International Open, Goya Matchroom Trophy". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 46–47. 
  5. ^ "O'Sullivan pulls out `exhausted'". The Independent. 19 November 1998. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Liverpool Victoria UK Championship 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "1998 UK Championship Player Prize Money". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "UK Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "1998 UK Championship Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 March 2013.