1998 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates18 April–4 May 1998
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,323,000
Winner's share£220,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (143)
England Jimmy White (143)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upRepublic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Score18–12
1997
1999

The 1998 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1998 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) 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. However, Doherty has come closer than any other first-time champion bar Joe Johnson to retaining his championship. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

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

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying matches were held between 2 January and March 1998 at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.

Round 1–2[edit]

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Wales Ryan Day 10–5 England Neil Selman England Paul Davison 10–6 Wales Ryan Day Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–3 Scotland Evan Munro
Wales Ryan Day 10–5 England Neil Selman England Paul Davison 10–6 Wales Ryan Day England Robert Milkins 10–2 England Michael O'Sullivan
England Barry Hawkins 10–3 England Sean Lanigan England Barry Hawkins 10–3 Republic of Ireland Micky Roughan Wales Philip Williams 10–2 England John Burns
England Barry Hawkins 10–3 England Sean Lanigan England Barry Hawkins 10–3 Republic of Ireland Micky Roughan England Steve Meakin 10–7 England Neal Tomkins
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–5 England Steve Harrison Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–3 England Adrian Rosa England Brian Rowswell 10–7 England Sean Lanigan
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–5 England Steve Harrison Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–3 England Adrian Rosa England Joe Jogia 10–8 Scotland Hugh Abernethy
Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–4 Republic of Ireland David McDonnell Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–4 England Eddie Manning England Jeff Cundy 10–7 Northern Ireland Dylan Leary
Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–4 Republic of Ireland David McDonnell Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–4 England Eddie Manning Scotland Chris Shade 10–3 England Nick Manning
England Damian Massey 10–6 England Grant Conquest England Damian Massey 10–8 Wales Philip Williams Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–6 England James McGouran
England Damian Massey 10–6 England Grant Conquest England Damian Massey 10–8 Wales Philip Williams England Ali Carter 10–8 England Scott Cooney
England Stuart Bingham 10–5 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney England Stuart Bingham 10–6 Scotland Alan Burnett England Surinder Gill 10–5 England Stuart Parnell
England Stuart Bingham 10–5 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney England Stuart Bingham 10–6 Scotland Alan Burnett England Stuart Reardon10–8 England Jason Weston
Finland Robin Hull 10–8 England Brian Roswell Finland Robin Hull 10–4 Republic of Ireland Stephen Murphy England Barry Pinches 10–3 Belgium Mario Geudens
Finland Robin Hull 10–8 England Brian Roswell Finland Robin Hull 10–4 Republic of Ireland Stephen Murphy England Nic Barrow 10–4 Netherlands Mario Wehrmann
England Nick Dyson 10–5 Thailand Tai Pichit England Nick Dyson 10–9 England Oliver King England Nick Terry 10–6 England Leigh Robinson
England Nick Dyson 10–5 Thailand Tai Pichit England Nick Dyson 10–9 England Oliver King England Garry Baldrey 10–8 Scotland Graham Horne
England Barry Pinches 10–3 England Jeff Cundy England Barry Pinches 10–6 England Jason Weston England Simon Bedford 10–4 England Justin Buckingham
England Barry Pinches 10–3 England Jeff Cundy England Barry Pinches 10–6 England Jason Weston England Mark Johnston-Allen 10–5 Republic of Ireland Joe O'Boye
Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–6 England Ali Carter Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–8 England Simon Bedford England Jason Wallace 10–9 England Andrew Cairns
Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–6 England Ali Carter Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–8 England Simon Bedford England Oliver King 10–7 Finland Robin Hull
England Rory McLeod 10–7 England Mark Farnsworth England Rory McLeod 10–7 England Barry Mapstone Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10–4 England Ryan Mitchell
England Rory McLeod 10–7 England Mark Farnsworth England Rory McLeod 10–7 England Barry Mapstone England Gary Lees 10–6 Scotland Paul McPhillips
England Jamie Bodle 10–8 Wales Richard Jones England Nick Terry 10–6 England Jamie Bodle England Munraj Pal 10–8 England Les Dodd
England Jamie Bodle 10–8 Wales Richard Jones England Nick Terry 10–6 England Jamie Bodle England Christopher McGee 10–6 England Lee Mallin
England Malcolm Bilclough 10–7 Germany Mike Henson Scotland Chris Shade 10–7 England Malcolm Bilclough England Adrian Rosa 10–9 England Darryn Walker
England Malcolm Bilclough 10–7 Germany Mike Henson Scotland Chris Shade 10–7 England Malcolm Bilclough England Stuart Bingham 10–1 England Ian Hurdman
England Joe Jogia 10–6 Canada Bob Chaperon England Joe Jogia 10–4 England Jason Wallace Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–5 England Paul Sweeny
England Joe Jogia 10–6 Canada Bob Chaperon England Joe Jogia 10–4 England Jason Wallace England Mike Hallett 10–4 England Garoid O'Connor
China Guo Hua 10–3 England Stuart Mann England Craig Harrison 10–8 China Guo Hua England Andrew Higginson 10–6 Republic of Ireland David McDonnell
China Guo Hua 10–3 England Stuart Mann England Craig Harrison 10–8 China Guo Hua England Simon Parker 10–4 England Stephen Murphy
Wales Ian Sargent 10–6 England Surinder Gill England Munraj Pal 10–8 Wales Ian Sargent Wales Ian Sargeant 10–8 England Steve Day
Wales Ian Sargent 10–6 England Surinder Gill England Munraj Pal 10–8 Wales Ian Sargent England Andy Neck 10–5 England David Coles
Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–8 England Robert Miilkins
Wales Philip Williams 10–6 England Steve Meakin
England Brian Rowswell 10–4 England Joe Jogia
England Jeff Cundy 10–9 Scotland Chris Shade
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–5 England Ali Carter
England Surinder Gill 10–4 England Stuart Reardon
England Barry Pinches 10–3 England Nic Barrow
England Nick Terry 10–1 England Garry Baldrey
England Simon Bedford 10–6 England Mark Johnston-Allen
England Jason Wallace 10–4 England Oliver King
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10–8 England Gary Lees
England Munraj Pal 10–4 England Christopher McGee
England Adrian Rosa 10–7 England Stuart Bingham
Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–2 England Mike Hallett
England Andrew Higginson 10–6 England Simon Parker
Wales Ian Sargeant 10–0 England Andy Neck

Round 2–3[edit]

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Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandaz 10–6 Wales Philip Williams England Leigh Griffin 10–7 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandaz
England Brian Rowswell 10–9 England Jeff Cundy Scotland John Lardner 10–5 England Brian Rowswell
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–5 England Surinder Gill Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–5 England Troy Shaw
England Barry Pinches 10–2 England Nick Terry England Joe Perry 10–7 England Barry Pinches
England Simon Bedford 10–2 England Jason Wallace England Simon Bedford 10–9 England Mark Gray
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10–8 England Munraj Pal Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10–1 England Peter McCullagh
England Adrian Rosa 10–8 Hong Kong Marco Fu England David Gray 10–5 England Adrian Rosa
England Andrew Higginson 10–7 Wales Ian Sargeant England Andrew Higginson 10–5 Scotland Craig MacGillivray

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Wales Lee Walker 10–3 England Jonathan Birch
England Leigh Griffin 10–4 England Karl Broughton
England David Roe 10–7 England Ian Brumby
Scotland Graeme Dott 10–3 Scotland John Lardner
England Matthew Stevens 10–5 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor
Scotland Drew Henry 10–5 England Sean Storey
England Paul Hunter 10–5 England Lee Richardson
England Steve Judd 10–8 Republic of Ireland Michael Judge
England Joe Johnson 10–6 Scotland Martin Dziewialtowski
England Nick Pearce 10–5 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer
Northern Ireland Nick Walker 10–3 England Willie Thorne
England Joe Perry 10–3 Pakistan Shokat Ali
England Tony Jones 10–9 England Paul Wykes
England Simon Bedford 10–4 England Mark Gray
Australia Quinten Hann 10–3 England Wayne Jones
Wales Anthony Davies 10–6 England Jamie Woodman
England Jason Ferguson 10–6 England Darren Clarke
Scotland Marcus Campbell 10–9 England Chris Scanlon
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10–8 Scotland Jamie Burnett
England Gary Ponting 10–6 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor
England Alfie Burden 10–6 Wales Mark Bennett
England Wayne Brown 10–8 England Dean Reynolds
England Peter Lines 10–7 England Dave Finbow
England Stuart Pettman 10–5 New Zealand Dene O'Kane
England Matthew Couch 10–9 Wales Paul Davies
England David Gray 10–4 England Mark Davis
England Karl Burrows 10–5 Wales Tony Chappel
Northern Ireland Jason Prince 10–4 England John Read
England Andrew Higginson 10–5 England Jimmy Michie
England Bradley Jones 10–5 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene
England Ian McCulloch 10–7 Wales Dominic Dale

Round 2–3[edit]

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Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Wales Lee Walker 10–5 England Leigh Griffin Wales Lee Walker 10–9 Scotland Billy Snaddon
England David Roe 10–9 Scotland Graeme Dott England Andy Hicks 10–1 England David Roe
Wales Matthew Stevens 10–5 Scotland Drew Henry Wales Matthew Stevens 10–8 England Neal Foulds
England Paul Hunter 10–5 England Steve Judd England Mark King 10–9 England Paul Hunter
England Nick Pearce 10–8 England Joe Johnson Northern Ireland Terry Murphy 10–2 England Nick Pearce
England Joe Perry 10–6 England Nick Walker Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10–7 England Joe Perry
England Simon Bedford 10–7 England Tony Jones England Simon Bedford 10–9 England Gary Wilkinson
Australia Quinten Hann 10–3 Wales Anthony Davies Australia Quinten Hann 10–6 England Brian Morgan
England Jason Ferguson 10–6 Scotland Marcus Campbell England Jason Ferguson 10–7 England Mick Price
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10–8 England Gary Ponting England Dave Harold 10–7 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney
England Alfie Burden 10–2 England Wayne Brown England Alfie Burden 10–3 England Rod Lawler
England Peter Lines 10–5 England Stuart Pettman England Peter Lines 10–6 England Steve James
England Matthew Couch 10–2 England Stefan Mazrocis Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10–3 England Matthew Couch
England David Gray 10–9 England Karl Burrows England David Gray 10–5 Scotland Chris Small
Northern Ireland Jason Prince 10–6 England Andrew Higginson Northern Ireland Jason Prince 10–8 England Martin Clark
England Bradley Jones 10–9 England Ian McCulloch England Jimmy White 10–5 England Bradley Jones

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