1996 International Open

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Sweater Shop International Open
Tournament information
Dates17–24 February 1996
VenueLink Centre
CitySwindon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£321,400
Winner's share£60,000
Highest break144
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Rod Lawler
Score9–3
1995
1997

The 1996 Sweater Shop International Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17–24 February 1996 at the Link Centre in Swindon, England.

John Higgins defended his title by defeating Rod Lawler 9–3 in the final. This was the first time that Lawler reached the final of a ranking event.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

Main draw[edit]

[1][2]

Last 64
Best of 9 frames
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
                  
1 Scotland John Higgins 5
Scotland Graeme Dott 0
1 Scotland John Higgins 5
Wales Mark Williams 2
18 New Zealand Dene O'Kane 2
Wales Mark Williams 5
1 Scotland John Higgins 5
28 England Neal Foulds 1
28 England Neal Foulds 5
England Pat Horne 1
28 England Neal Foulds 5
12 England Nigel Bond 2
12 England Nigel Bond 5
England Karl Payne 1
1 Scotland John Higgins 5
England Karl Broughton 2
9 Wales Darren Morgan 3
England Karl Broughton 5
  England Karl Broughton 5
Wales Wayne Jones 4
25 England Willie Thorne 4
Wales Wayne Jones 5
  England Karl Broughton 5
Scotland Chris Small 3
26 England Steve James 3
Scotland David McLellan 5
  Scotland David McLellan 4
Scotland Chris Small 5
7 Scotland Alan McManus 4
Scotland Chris Small 5
1 Scotland John Higgins 6
20 Canada Alain Robidoux 4
5 England John Parrott 4
England Stephen Lee 5
England Stephen Lee 5
32 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 0
32 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 5
England Tony Jones 3
England Stephen Lee 5
31 England Anthony Hamilton 2
31 England Anthony Hamilton 5
Wales Mark Bennett 2
31 England Anthony Hamilton 5
England Joe Johnson 4
11 England Peter Ebdon 4
England Joe Johnson 5
England Stephen Lee 2
20 Canada Alain Robidoux 5
14 Malta Tony Drago 5
Northern Ireland Terry Murphy 2
14 Malta Tony Drago 5
England Mark Rowing 2
24 England Tony Knowles 4
England Mark Rowing 5
14 Malta Tony Drago 0
20 Canada Alain Robidoux 5
20 Canada Alain Robidoux 5
England Mike Hallett 1
20 Canada Alain Robidoux 5
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 2
4 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 3
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 5
1 Scotland John Higgins 9
England Rod Lawler 3
3 England Steve Davis 3
Northern Ireland Jason Prince 5
  Northern Ireland Jason Prince 2
England Nick Pearce 5
21 England Mick Price 4
England Nick Pearce 5
England Nick Pearce 5
16 England David Roe 2
23 England Gary Wilkinson 5
England Paul Wykes 3
24 England Gary Wilkinson 2
16 England David Roe 5
16 England David Roe 5
England Jimmy Chambers 2
England Nick Pearce 5
13 England Dave Harold 2
13 England Dave Harold 5
England Mark Davis 2
13 England Dave Harold 5
Scotland Drew Henry 4
17 England Andy Hicks 4
Scotland Drew Henry 5
13 England Dave Harold 5
29 England Jason Ferguson 0
29 England Jason Ferguson 5
England Stefan Mazrocis 2
29 England Jason Ferguson 5
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 3
6 Thailand James Wattana 3
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 5
  England Nick Pearce 5
England Rod Lawler 6
8 England Jimmy White 1
England Dave Finbow 5
  England Dave Finbow 5
England Mark King 3
30 Northern Ireland Dean Reynolds 0
England Mark King 5
  England Dave Finbow 5
England Gary Ponting 2
27 England Brian Morgan 3
Scotland Marcus Campbell 5
  Scotland Marcus Campbell 3
England Gary Ponting 5
10 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 2
England Gary Ponting 5
  England Dave Finbow 1
England Rod Lawler 5
15 Wales Terry Griffiths 3
Scotland Billy Snaddon 5
Scotland Billy Snaddon 5
20 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 1
19 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 5
England Barry Pinches 2
  Scotland Billy Snaddon 3
England Rod Lawler 5
22 England Martin Clark 0
England Rod Lawler 5
England Rod Lawler 5
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 3
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
England Brian Rowswell 1

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Jan Verhaas.
Link Centre, Swindon, England, 24 February 1996.
John Higgins
 Scotland
9–3 Rod Lawler
 England
46–74(56), 79–4, 71–48, 104(104)–0, 85(76)–13, 59–23, 83(59)–20, 0–85(77), 86(55)–10, 58–69, 100(100)–17, 65(55)–28
104 Highest break 77
2 Century breaks 0
6 50+ breaks 2

Century breaks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sweater Shop International Open". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  2. ^ "International Open". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.