1997 European Open (snooker)

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European Open
Tournament information
Dates23 February–2 March 1997
VenueMediterranean Conference Centre
CityValletta
CountryMalta
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£321,760
Winner's share£60,000
Highest break141 (x2)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland John Parrott
Score9–5
1996
2001

The 1997 European Open was the 1997 edition of the European Open snooker tournament, held from 23 February to 2 March 1997 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta. John Higgins defeated John Parrott by nine frames to five (9−5) in the final to claim his sixth ranking-event title. In the semi-finals Higgins defeated James Wattana and Parrott beat Ken Doherty. The tournament was the seventh of ten WPBSA ranking events in the 1996/1997 season, following the International Open and preceding the Thailand Open.

Tournament summary[edit]

The 1997 tournament was the seventh of tenth WPBSA ranking events in the 1996/1997 season, following the International Open and preceding the Thailand Open. Held in February, the International Open was won by Stephen Hendry, who defeated Tony Drago by nine frames to one (9−1) in the final.[1]

Final[edit]

In the best-of-17 final Higgins defeated Parrott 9–5 to win his sixth ranking title, earning £60,000 in prize money.

Main draw[edit]

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
               
Scotland Alan McManus 5
England Darren Clarke 2
Scotland Alan McManus 5
Wales Darren Morgan 3
Wales Darren Morgan 5
England Anthony Hamilton 3
Scotland Alan McManus 4
England John Parrott 5
England John Parrott 5
Scotland Drew Henry 2
England John Parrott 5
Malta Tony Drago 2
Malta Tony Drago 5
Wales Paul Davies 0
England John Parrott 6
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
England Robert Milkins 3
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
England Andy Hicks 3
England Andy Hicks 5
Wales Mark Williams 3
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
England Peter Ebdon 3
England Peter Ebdon 5
Wales Tony Chappel 2
England Peter Ebdon 5
Canada Alain Robidoux 3
Canada Alain Robidoux 5
England Martin Clark 4
England John Parrott 5
Scotland John Higgins 9
Scotland John Higgins 5
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 3
Scotland John Higgins 5
England Jimmy White 3
England Jimmy White 5
Wales Matthew Stevens 1
Scotland John Higgins 5
England Stephen Lee 3
England Stephen Lee 5
England Steve Davis 0
England Stephen Lee 5
England Nigel Bond 1
England Nigel Bond 5
England Rod Lawler 3
Scotland John Higgins 6
Thailand James Wattana 0
Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
Scotland Jamie Burnett 1
Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
England Jonathan Birch 3
England Jonathan Birch 5
England Dave Harold 1
Scotland Stephen Hendry 2
Thailand James Wattana 5
Scotland Chris Small 5
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 1
Scotland Chris Small 3
Thailand James Wattana 5
Thailand James Wattana 5
Scotland Euan Henderson 2

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:
Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta, 2 March 1997.
John Parrott
 England
5–9 John Higgins
 Scotland
Afternoon: 9–74, 6–74, 1–109, 21–71, 4–62, 64–41, 56–48, 0–73
Evening: 101–1, 32–76, 71–12, 57–31, 32–71, 6–66
Highest break
Century breaks
50+ breaks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Open 1997". snooker.org. Hermund Årdalen. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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