1999 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17 April–3 May 1999
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,400,000
Winner's share £230,000
Highest break Scotland John Higgins (142)
Final
Champion Scotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-up Wales Mark Williams
Score 18–11
1998
2000

The 1999 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1999 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April–3 May 1999 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the semi-finals 10–17 against Mark Williams and became another World Champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Stephen Hendry won his seventh and final World title by defeating Mark Williams in the final by 18 frames to 11.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Stephen Hendry won the world title for a seventh time, a record in the modern era, beating Ray Reardon and Steve Davis' six titles. Hendry won all his titles in the 1990s while Davis won his six in the 1980s and Reardon won his in the 1970s.[2]
  • During his first round match, Steve James compiled the 500th century break at the Crucible in frame seven.[3]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan came close to a maximum break in his semi-final match with Hendry. He missed the last pink to the middle pocket and his break ended at 134.[4]
  • O'Sullivan and Hendry made the most century breaks in a single match at the World Championship with eight.[5]
  • Dominic Dale scored 167 points in one frame in his match against Nigel Bond. He earned 44 penalty points and then made a century break. This is the highest number of points ever scored by a player in one frame in any ranking event.[6]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[7][8][9]

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).[7][8][10][11]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
17 April            
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene  2  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Mark King (16)  4  
 England Mark King (16)  10
27 & 28 April
 Wales Darren Morgan  8  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Stephen Lee (9)  6  
 England Stephen Lee (9)  10
25 & 26 April
 Scotland John Lardner  7  
 England Stephen Lee (9)  13
21 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (8)  7  
 Scotland Alan McManus (8)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
 England Jimmy White  7  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  10
20 April
   Wales Mark Williams (5)  17
 Wales Mark Williams (5)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 England Ian McCulloch  4  
 Wales Mark Williams (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Nick Walker  7  
 Canada Alain Robidoux (12)  6
27 & 28 April
 England Nick Walker  10  
 Wales Mark Williams (5)  13
17 & 18 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  9  
 England Nigel Bond (13)  10
23 & 24 April
 Wales Dominic Dale  6  
 England Nigel Bond (13)  11
18 & 19 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  13  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  10
 England Steve James  3  
21 & 22 April            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez  3  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Joe Perry  8  
 England Steve Davis (14)  9
27 & 28 April
 England Joe Perry  10  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
17 & 18 April
   England John Parrott (6)  9  
 England Anthony Hamilton (11)  9
22 & 23 April
 Scotland Chris Small  10  
 Scotland Chris Small  12
17 & 18 April
   England John Parrott (6)  13  
 England John Parrott (6)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy  8  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
19 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  17
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  7
23 & 24 April
 Wales Matthew Stevens  10  
 Wales Matthew Stevens  13
17 & 18 April
   Malta Tony Drago (10)  8  
 Malta Tony Drago (10)  10
27 & 28 April
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  4  
 Wales Matthew Stevens  5
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
 Thailand James Wattana (15)  10
25 & 26 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  8  
 Thailand James Wattana (15)  7
20 & 21 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  10
 England Paul Hunter  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 1999. Referee: Colin Brinded[12]
Mark Williams (5)
 Wales
11–18 Stephen Hendry (2)
 Scotland
47–82, 6–120, 16–51, 60–77, 75–0, 16–101, 73–16, 92–24, 24–77, 15–76, 65–20, 4–133, 75–49, 67–30, 22–64, 23–100, 85–51, 72–32, 0–78, 84–29, 10–106, 13–71, 62–75, 48–60, 45–72, 19–71, 89–0, 73–67, 40–88 Century breaks: 2 (Hendry 2)

Highest break by Williams: 89
Highest break by Hendry: 132

47–82, 6–120, 16–51, 60–77, 75–0, 16–101, 73–16, 92–24, 24–77, 15–76, 65–20, 4–133, 75–49, 67–30, 22–64, 23–100, 85–51, 72–32, 0–78, 84–29, 10–106, 13–71, 62–75, 48–60, 45–72, 19–71, 89–0, 73–67, 40–88
Scotland Stephen Hendry wins the 1999 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 53 century breaks in the championship.[13] The highest break was 142 made by John Higgins and 143 made by both Stephen Maguire and Barry Pinches at the televised and the qualifying stages respectively.[7]

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying matches were held between 3 January and 20 March 2000 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 England Lee Richardson 10–4 England Paul Davison
England Barry Hawkins 10–3 England Sean Lanigan England Barry Hawkins 10–3 Republic of Ireland Micky Roughan England Alfie Burden 10–4 England Barry Hawkins
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–5 England Steve Harrison Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–3 England Adrian Rosa Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–9 England Stefan Mazrocis
Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–4 Republic of Ireland David McDonnell Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–4 England Eddie Manning England Gary Pointing 10–7 Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest
England Damian Massey 10–6 England Grant Conquest England Damian Massey 10–8 Wales Philip Williams Scotland John Lardner 10–4 England Damian Massey
England Stuart Bingham 10–5 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney England Stuart Bingham 10–6 Scotland Alan Burnett England Stuart Bingham 10–6 Scotland Martin Dziewialtowski
Finland Robin Hull 10–8 England Brian Roswell Finland Robin Hull 10–4 Republic of Ireland Stephen Murphy Finland Robin Hull 10–8 England Peter McCullagh
England Nick Dyson 10–5 Thailand Tai Pichit England Nick Dyson 10–9 England Oliver King England John Read 10–4 England Nick Dyson
England Barry Pinches 10–3 England Jeff Cundy England Barry Pinches 10–6 England Jason Weston England Barry Pinches 10–2 Wales Anthony Davies
Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–6 England Ali Carter Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–8 England Simon Bedford England Troy Shaw 10–7 Iceland Kristjan Helgason
England Rory McLeod 10–7 England Mark Farnsworth England Rory McLeod 10–7 England Barry Mapstone Northern Ireland Nick Walker 10–6 England Rory McLeod
England Jamie Bodle 10–8 Wales Richard Jones England Nick Terry 10–6 England Jamie Bodle England Nick Terry 10–6 England Stuart Pettman
England Malcolm Bilclough 10–7 Germany Mike Henson Scotland Chris Shade 10–7 England Malcolm Bilclough Scotland Chris Shade 10–2 England Wayne Brown
England Joe Jogia 10–6 Canada Bob Chaperon England Joe Jogia 10–4 England Jason Wallace England Leigh Griffin 10–5 England Joe Jogia
China Guo Hua 10–3 England Stuart Mann England Craig Harrison 10–8 China Guo Hua England Craig Harrison 10–7 Wales Wayne Jones
Wales Ian Sargent 10–6 England Surinder Gill England Munraj Pal 10–8 Wales Ian Sargent Scotland Craig MacGillivray 10–7 England Munraj Pal
Australia Neil Robertson 10–8 Australia Johl Younger Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–5 Australia Neil Robertson Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–5 England Steve Judd
Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–6 England Adrian Gunnell Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–9 England Mark Fenton Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–8 England Sean Storey
England Mark Johnston-Allen 10–6 England John Burns England Mark Johnston-Allen 10–5 England Antony Bolsover England Joe Perry 10–4 England Mark Johnston-Allen
England Eddie Barker 10–8 Singapore Keith Boon England Nigel Gilbert 10–9 England Eddie Barker England Nigel Gilbert 10–7 England Ian Brumby
Scotland Gary Thomson 10–7 Northern Ireland Dermot McGlinchey Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10–8 Scotland Gary Thomson England Dave Finbow 10–3 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace
Scotland Geoff Dunn 10–3 England Paul Cavney Scotland Paul McPhillips 10–9 Scotland Geoff Dunn Scotland Paul McPhillips 10–6 England Jimmy Michie
England Avtar Sohanpal 10–9 England Mike Dunn England Tony Knowles 10–7 England Avtar Sohanpal England Tony Knowles 10–5 Scotland Marcus Campbell
Canada Kirk Stevens 10–8 England Gary Lees Malta Joe Grech 10–6 Canada Kirk Stevens Malta Joe Grech 10–6 England Karl Payne
England John Whitty 10–8 Cyprus Mehmet Husnu England John Whitty 10–8 Wales James Reynolds Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor 10–8 England John Whitty
England Les Dodd 10–8 England John Giles England Darryn Walker 10–8 England Les Dodd England Chris Scanlon 10–9 England Darryn Walker
Malaysia Sam Chong 10–3 England Paul Clarke England Paul Sweeny 10–5 Malaysia Sam Chong England Paul Sweeny 10–6 Wales Mark Bennett
England Mike Hallett 10–4 England Andy Neck England Robert Milkins 10–7 England Mike Hallett England Robert Milkins 10–6 England Mark Gray
England Craig Roper 10–5 England Mark Miller Scotland David McLellan 10–7 England Craig Roper England Matthew Couch 10–5 Scotland David McLellan
England Matt Wilson 10–6 England Stuart Reardon England Michael Holt 10–7 England Matt Wilson England Michael Holt 10–7 England Darren Clarke

Overseas[edit]

Overseas Round
(Best of 19 frames)
England Stuart Bingham 10–4 Australia Shawn Budd
Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–0 Wales Gareth Chilcott
Belgium Mario Geudens 10–8 Belgium Patrick Delsemme
Finland Robin Hull 10–0 Canada Tom Finstad
Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–7 Thailand Phaitoon Phonbun
England Barry Pinches 10–3 Mauritius Richard Somauroo

Round 1[edit]

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10–3 England Lee Richardson
England Alfie Burden 10–4 New Zealand Dene O'Kane
England Nick Pearce 10–7 Belgium Bjorn Haneveer
England Gary Ponting 10–5 England David Roe
Scotland John Lardner 10–5 England Neal Foulds
Australia Quentin Hann 10–8 England Stuart Bingham
England Joe Johnson 10–7 Finland Robin Hull
England Dean Reynolds 10–4 England John Read
England Ian McCulloch 10–9 England Barry Pinches
England Peter Lines 10–8 England Troy Shaw
Northern Ireland Nick Walker 10–3 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor
England Rod Lawler 10–3 England Nick Terry
England Mark Davis 10–4 Scotland Chris Shade
England Leigh Griffin 10–6 England Lee Walker
England Steve James 10–5 England Craig Harrison
Scotland Craig MacGillivray 10–8 Wales Tony Chappel
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–9 England Paul Davies
England Bradley Jones 10–7 Scotland Stephen Maguire
England Joe Perry 10–8 England Mick Price
England Nigel Gilbert 10–9 Northern Ireland Joe Swail
England Dave Finbow 10–5 Northern Ireland Jason Prince
Scotland Drew Henry 10–6 Scotland Paul McPhillips
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10–4 England Tony Knowles
Belgium Mario Geudens 10–6 England Tony Jones
England Jonathan Birch 10–2 Malta Joe Grech
Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor 10–5 England David Gray
England Chris Scanlon 10–7 Pakistan Shokat Ali
England Paul Sweeny 10–0 England Willie Thorne
Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–2 England Mick Price
England Robert Milkins 10–6 England Karl Broughton
Scotland Euan Henderson 10–6 England Matthew Couch
England Paul Wykes 10–8 England Michael Holt

Round 2–3[edit]

[7]

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10–8 England Alfie Burden Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10–2 England Andy Hicks
England Nick Pearce 10–7 England Gary Ponting Wales Darren Morgan 10–9 England Nick Pearce
Scotland John Lardner 10–8 Australia Quinten Hann Scotland John Lardner 10–2 England Martin Clark
England Dean Reynolds 10–5 England Joe Johnson England Jimmy White 10–7 England Dean Reynolds
England Ian McCulloch 10–6 England Peter Lines England Ian McCulloch 10–9 England Gary Wilkinson
England Nick Walker 10–8 England Rod Lawler England Nick Walker 10–6 Scotland Jamie Burnett
England Leigh Griffin 10–5 England Mark Davis Wales Dominic Dale 10–6 England Leigh Griffin
England Steve James 10–5 Scotland Craig MacGillivray England Steve James 10–6 Scotland Billy Snaddon
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–9 England Bradley Jones Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10–5 England Brian Morgan
England Joe Perry 10–6 England Nigel Gilbert England Joe Perry 10–7 England Dave Harold
England Dave Finbow 10–8 Scotland Drew Henry Scotland Chris Small 10–2 England Dave Finbow
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10–6 Belgium Mario Geudens Northern Ireland Terry Murphy 10–9 Republic of Ireland Michael Judge
England Jonathan Birch 10–7 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor Wales Matthew Stevens 10–6 England Jonathan Birch
England Chris Scanlon 10–5 England Paul Sweeny Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10–7 England Chris Scanlon
Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–4 England Robert Milkins Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–4 Scotland Graeme Dott
Scotland Euan Henderson 10–8 England Paul Wykes England Paul Hunter 10–5 Scotland Euan Henderson

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