2011 UK Championship

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Tournament information
Dates3–11 December 2011
VenueBarbican Centre
CityYork
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£625,000
Winner's share£100,000
Highest breakScotland Stephen Maguire (144)
Final
ChampionEngland Judd Trump
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Mark Allen
Score10–8
2010
2012

The 2011 williamhill.com UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 3–11 December 2011 at the Barbican Centre in York, England. This was the first time that William Hill sponsored the event.[1]

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 4–6 against Stephen Maguire.[2]

Judd Trump won his second ranking title by defeating Mark Allen 10–8 in the final.[3]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[4]

Controversy[edit]

The format of the 2011 UK Championship was changed from previous editions. All rounds up to the semi-finals were played over the best of 11 frames instead of the best of 17 frames. The semi-finals and the final were played over the best of 17 and best of 19 frames respectively. The changes allowed for every match in the early rounds to be played in front of television cameras and avoided the need to use two extra tables.[5] However, the changes angered some players including John Higgins,[6] and Mark Williams, while Mark Allen called for Barry Hearn to resign as head of World Snooker, after Hearn had promised not to alter the championship when he had become the chairman in 2010.[7] During the same interview Allen aimed a four lettered expletive at Hearn.[8] Allen was later charged by World Snooker for bringing the game into disrepute.[9] Hearn, following the original comments by Allen, called him a "silly little boy",[10] to which Allen responded by gagging himself at a press conference.[11] Allen and Hearn later sat down and had a discussion, which resolved their differences,[12] while Allen was fined £250 for swearing in a press conference.[13]

Main draw[edit]

[14][15][16][17]

Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
               
1 Scotland John Higgins 6
England Rory McLeod 5
1 Scotland John Higgins 4
9 Scotland Stephen Maguire 6
9 Scotland Stephen Maguire 6
Scotland Stephen Hendry 3
9 Scotland Stephen Maguire 3
8 England Judd Trump 6
14 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
England Steve Davis 1
14 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
8 England Judd Trump 6
8 England Judd Trump 6
Wales Dominic Dale 4
8 England Judd Trump 9
4 Australia Neil Robertson 7
5 China Ding Junhui 6
England Mark Davis 5
5 China Ding Junhui 6
15 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
15 Wales Matthew Stevens 6
Scotland Marcus Campbell 2
5 China Ding Junhui 2
4 Australia Neil Robertson 6
10 Scotland Graeme Dott 6
England Matthew Selt 1
10 Scotland Graeme Dott 3
4 Australia Neil Robertson 6
4 Australia Neil Robertson 6
England Tom Ford 1
8 England Judd Trump 10
12 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 8
3 Wales Mark Williams 6
England Joe Jogia 4
3 Wales Mark Williams 3
England Ricky Walden 6
13 England Stephen Lee 3
England Ricky Walden 6
England Ricky Walden 6
6 England Shaun Murphy 3
16 England Martin Gould 6
England Peter Lines 2
16 England Martin Gould 4
6 England Shaun Murphy 6
6 England Shaun Murphy 6
China Li Yan 3
England Ricky Walden 7
12 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 9
7 England Ali Carter 6
England Robert Milkins 4
7 England Ali Carter 2
12 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
12 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
England Adrian Gunnell 3
12 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
Hong Kong Marco Fu 5
11 England Stuart Bingham 4
Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
2 England Mark Selby 3
2 England Mark Selby 6
Wales Ryan Day 0

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Wales Eirian Williams.
Barbican Centre, York, England, 11 December 2011.[17][18]
Judd Trump (8)
 England
10–8 Mark Allen (12)
 Northern Ireland
Afternoon: 92–4 (70), 23–58 (56), 0–149 (141), 48–69, 86–49 (52), 62–30, 75–33 (75), 73–31 (61)
Evening: 109–7 (109), 78–46 (78), 82–14 (74), 0–139 (139), 0–133 (129), 76–1 (76), 8–125 (125), 35–75, 32–95 (95), 91–0 (91)
109 Highest break 141
1 Century breaks 4
9 50+ breaks 6

Qualifying[edit]

These matches were held between 5 and 9 November 2011 at the South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester, England.[19][20][21]

Preliminary round

Best of 11 frames

Wales Daniel Wells 6–0 Poland Kacper Filipiak
India Lucky Vatnani 4–6 Finland Robin Hull
Round 1–4
  Round 1
Best of 11 frames
  Round 2
Best of 11 frames
  Round 3
Best of 11 frames
  Round 4
Best of 11 frames
                               
England Adam Duffy 6   England Alfie Burden 3   England Rory McLeod 6   England Barry Hawkins 2
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 3   England Adam Duffy 6   England Adam Duffy 4   England Rory McLeod 6
Norway Kurt Maflin 6   England Jimmy Robertson 6   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 6   Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
Republic of Ireland David Hogan 4   Norway Kurt Maflin 5   England Jimmy Robertson 2   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 2
England Ian McCulloch 6   Thailand James Wattana 5   England Steve Davis 6   England Andrew Higginson 2
Belgium Luca Brecel 5   England Ian McCulloch 6   England Ian McCulloch 2   England Steve Davis 6
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 4   China Liu Chuang 0   England Nigel Bond 6   Wales Dominic Dale 6
China Tian Pengfei 6   China Tian Pengfei 6   China Tian Pengfei 4   England Nigel Bond 2
Wales Michael White 6   England Barry Pinches 4   China Liang Wenbo 2   England Mark Davis 6
Wales Daniel Wells 4   Wales Michael White 6   Wales Michael White 6   Wales Michael White 2
Wales Andrew Pagett 5   England Ben Woollaston 6   England Michael Holt 3   Scotland Marcus Campbell 6
England Sam Craigie 6   England Sam Craigie 5   England Ben Woollaston 6   England Ben Woollaston 3
England Matthew Couch 2   China Liu Song 3   England Matthew Selt 6   England Mark King 4
China Cao Yupeng 6   China Cao Yupeng 6   China Cao Yupeng 3   England Matthew Selt 6
England Paul Davison 2   China Xiao Guodong 6   England Mike Dunn 0   England Tom Ford 6
England Adam Wicheard 6   England Adam Wicheard 5   China Xiao Guodong 6   China Xiao Guodong 0
England Liam Highfield 3   Scotland Anthony McGill 6   England Joe Jogia 6   England Jamie Cope 3
England Sam Baird 6   England Sam Baird 2   Scotland Anthony McGill 5   England Joe Jogia 6
Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 6   England Jimmy White 6   Wales Jamie Jones 6   England Ricky Walden 6
Northern Ireland Joe Meara 0   Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 2   England Jimmy White 5   Wales Jamie Jones 2
China Yu Delu 1   England Peter Lines 6   Scotland Alan McManus 4   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
Finland Robin Hull 6   Finland Robin Hull 4   England Peter Lines 6   England Peter Lines 6
China Li Yan 6   England Andy Hicks 5   England Jack Lisowski 2   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 2
England Stuart Carrington 4   China Li Yan 6   China Li Yan 6   China Li Yan 6
England David Gilbert 6   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 1   England Robert Milkins 6   England Peter Ebdon 3
India Aditya Mehta 5   England David Gilbert 6   England David Gilbert 5   England Robert Milkins 6
Republic of Ireland David Morris 3   England Adrian Gunnell 6   England Dave Harold 3   England Joe Perry 4
England David Grace 6   England David Grace 4   England Adrian Gunnell 6   England Adrian Gunnell 6
England Rod Lawler 6   England Mark Joyce 6   England Anthony Hamilton 6   Hong Kong Marco Fu 6
England Simon Bedford 2   England Rod Lawler 5   England Mark Joyce 4   England Anthony Hamilton 5
England Andrew Norman 6   Malta Tony Drago 6   Scotland Jamie Burnett 6   Wales Ryan Day 6
Scotland Scott MacKenzie 5   England Andrew Norman 3   Malta Tony Drago 3   Scotland Jamie Burnett 0

Century breaks[edit]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

[22]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

[23]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Barry Hearn & Mark Allen hold positive talks over differences". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Mark Allen fined £250 for press conference swearing". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
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  18. ^ "williamhill.com UK Championship: Final - Match 31: Judd Trump v Mark Allen". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2013-03-09. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  19. ^ "UK Championship Qualifiers Draw and Format" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  20. ^ "UK Championship Qualifiers Results". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  21. ^ "williamhill.com UK Championship Qualifiers (2011)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  22. ^ "Century breaks". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 2011-12-11. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  23. ^ "Qualifying century breaks". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.

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