1998 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18 April–4 May 1998
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,323,000
Winner's share £220,000
Highest break 143 (x2)
Final
Champion Scotland John Higgins
Runner-up Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Score 18–12
1997
1999

The 1998 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 April–4 May 1998 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Higgins won his first World title by defeating defending champion Ken Doherty 18–12 in the final. Doherty became another World Champion, who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

[10][11][13]

  • Winner: £220,000
  • Runner-up: £132,000
  • Semi-final: £66,000
  • Quarter-final: £33,000
  • Last 16: £17,750
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Highest break £19,000
  • Maximum break £147,000
  • Total £1,323,000

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).[10][11][14][15]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
18 April            
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (1)  10
24 & 25 April
 Wales Lee Walker  8  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (1)  13
22 April
   England Stephen Lee (16)  8  
 England Stephen Lee (16)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Andy Hicks  4  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (1)  13
22 & 23 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens  10  
 Canada Alain Robidoux (9)  8
26 & 27 April
 Wales Matthew Stevens  10  
 Wales Matthew Stevens  13
20 & 21 April
   England Mark King  9  
 England Nigel Bond (8)  5
30 April, 1 & 2 May
 England Mark King  10  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (1)  17
21 April
   Wales Mark Williams (4)  14
 England Peter Ebdon (5)  10
25, 26 & 27
 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy  3  
 England Peter Ebdon (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  5  
 Thailand James Wattana (12)  9
28 & 29 April
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  10  
 England Peter Ebdon (5)  11
19 & 20 April
   Wales Mark Williams (4)  13  
 England Steve Davis (13)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 England Simon Bedford  6  
 England Steve Davis (13)  7
19 & 20 April
   Wales Mark Williams (4)  13  
 Wales Mark Williams (4)  10
 Australia Quinten Hann  9  
18 & 19 April            
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  10
23 & 24 April
 England Jason Ferguson  8  
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Anthony Hamilton (14)  9  
 England Anthony Hamilton (14)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Dave Harold  8  
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  13
18 & 19 April
   England John Parrott (6)  11  
 Malta Tony Drago (11)  10
24 & 25 April
 England Alfie Burden  8  
 Malta Tony Drago (11)  7
20 & 21 April
   England John Parrott (6)  13  
 England John Parrott (6)  10
30 April, 1 & 2 May
 England Peter Lines  4  
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  17
21 & 22 April
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  9
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  10
26 & 27 April
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  5  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  13
20 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (10)  4  
 Scotland Alan McManus (10)  10
28 & 29 April
 England David Gray  8  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (7)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Jimmy White  7  
 Wales Darren Morgan (15)  10
25 & 26 April
 Northern Ireland Jason Prince  8  
 Wales Darren Morgan (15)  3
22 & 23 April
   England Jimmy White  13  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  4
 England Jimmy White  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 3 & 4 May 1998. Referee: Lawrie Annandale[16]
Ken Doherty (1)
 Ireland
12–18 John Higgins (3)
 Scotland
73–34, 20–80, 7–86, 1–71, 0–113, 52–73, 0–130, 89–0, 112–0, 66–7, 97–18, 2–66, 4–103, 5–86, 0–138, 82–70, 90–39, 0–89, 61–6, 0–130, 90–0, 99–1, 48–58, 82–44, 14–60, 0–128, 58–71, 78–41, 16–66, 8–119 Century breaks: 6 (Doherty 1, Higgins 5)

Highest break by Doherty: 112
Highest break by Higgins: 130

73–34, 20–80, 7–86, 1–71, 0–113, 52–73, 0–130, 89–0, 112–0, 66–7, 97–18, 2–66, 4–103, 5–86, 0–138, 82–70, 90–39, 0–89, 61–6, 0–130, 90–0, 99–1, 48–58, 82–44, 14–60, 0–128, 58–71, 78–41, 16–66, 8–119
Scotland John Higgins wins the 1998 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 59 century breaks in the championship, a new record which would last until 2002.[10][17][18] John Higgins' 14 centuries in the tournament was a new record, beating the 12 made by Stephen Hendry in 1995.[19]

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