2015 Welsh Open (snooker)

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BetVictor Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates16–22 February 2015
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£300,000
Winner's share£60,000
Highest breakBelgium Luca Brecel (140)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Ben Woollaston
Score9–3
2014
2016

The 2015 BetVictor Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff from 16 to 22 February 2015. The tournament was staged in Cardiff for the first time since 2004, having moved from Newport.[1]

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion,[2] but he lost 3–4 against Matthew Stevens in the last 32.[3]

The best-performing Welsh player was Mark Williams, who reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in 12 years.[4] He lost 5–6 to Ben Woollaston, who reached the first ranking final of his professional career.[5]

John Higgins defeated Woollaston 9–3 in the final to win the Welsh Open for a record fourth time and claim his first ranking title in two and a half years.[6]

Prize fund[edit]

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

Main draw[edit]

128 players started the tournament, with the first four rounds played over the best of 7 frames. The quarter finals were played over 9 frames with the semi finals over the best of 11. The final was over 17 frames.[8][9]

Top half[edit]

First Quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
Australia Vinnie Calabrese1
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
England Rory McLeod2
 
England Rory McLeod4
 
 
 
Wales Andrew Pagett2
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan3
 
 
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty4
 
 
 
China Zhou Yuelong3
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty3
 
 
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
England Oliver Lines3
 
Wales Matthew Stevens2
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
England Michael Holt2
 
 
 
England Ashley Carty4
 
England Ashley Carty4
 
 
 
England Alfie Burden0
 
England Alfie Burden4
 
 
 
England Andrew Norman1
 
England Ashley Carty2
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng4
 
 
 
England Allan Taylor3
 
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng2
 
 
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu4
 
 
 
England Ian Glover2
 
Hong Kong Marco Fu1
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams5
 
England Shaun Murphy4
 
 
 
England Steven Hallworth3
 
England Shaun Murphy3
 
 
 
Wales Jamie Jones4
 
Wales Jamie Jones4
 
 
 
England Chris Norbury0
 
Wales Jamie Jones2
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
England Jimmy White3
 
 
 
England Barry Pinches4
 
England Barry Pinches2
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian0
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
 
 
England Judd Trump1
 
Wales Dominic Dale3
 
 
 
England Michael Wasley4
 
England Michael Wasley4
 
 
 
China Li Hang2
 
England Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
China Li Hang4
 
England Michael Wasley2
 
 
 
England Judd Trump4
 
England Mark Joyce4
 
 
 
England Joel Walker2
 
England Mark Joyce0
 
 
 
England Judd Trump4
 
England Judd Trump4
 
 
Thailand James Wattana2
 

Second Quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
 
 
Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher1
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
 
 
China Cao Yupeng3
 
China Cao Yupeng4
 
 
 
England Craig Steadman2
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen3
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon2
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
England Mark Davis1
 
England Mark Davis4
 
 
 
China Lyu Chenwei3
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
England Ali Carter2
 
China Xiao Guodong4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Joe Swail1
 
China Xiao Guodong1
 
 
 
England Matthew Selt4
 
England Matthew Selt4
 
 
 
England Ian Burns1
 
England Matthew Selt3
 
 
 
England Ali Carter4
 
England Mark King4
 
 
 
Scotland Eden Sharav0
 
England Mark King0
 
 
 
England Ali Carter4
 
England Ali Carter4
 
 
 
Scotland Fraser Patrick1
 
England Ben Woollaston5
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson2
 
England Joe Perry4
 
 
 
England Lee Page3
 
England Joe Perry4
 
 
 
China Yu Delu0
 
China Yu Delu w/o
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland John Suttonw/d
 
England Joe Perry2
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
China Zhang Anda0
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
England John Astley3
 
England David Gilbert1
 
 
 
England John Astley4
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson2
 
Scotland Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
England David Grace3
 
Scotland Anthony McGill2
 
 
 
England Jamie Cope4
 
England Jamie Cope4
 
 
 
England Elliot Slessor3
 
England Jamie Cope3
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
Republic of Ireland David Morris4
 
 
 
England Joe O'Connor0
 
Republic of Ireland David Morris0
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
 
England James Cahill0
 

Bottom half[edit]

Third Quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
China Ding Junhui1
 
 
 
Wales Lee Walker4
 
Wales Lee Walker2
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou4
 
England Peter Lines1
 
 
 
England Michael Georgiou4
 
England Michael Georgiou4
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott3
 
England Andrew Higginson2
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin4
 
England Chris Wakelin1
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott4
 
Scotland Graeme Dott4
 
 
 
England Zak Surety1
 
England Michael Georgiou2
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
China Cao Xinlong0
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene0
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene4
 
 
 
Wales Daniel Wells2
 
China Liang Wenbo0
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
Scotland Jamie Burnett3
 
 
 
Malta Alex Borg4
 
Malta Alex Borg0
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
 
 
Scotland Michael Leslie1
 
Scotland John Higgins5
 
 
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire1
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire4
 
 
 
Wales Duane Jones0
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire4
 
 
 
England Liam Highfield2
 
Norway Kurt Maflin1
 
 
 
England Liam Highfield4
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire4
 
 
 
England Sam Baird2
 
England Robbie Williams1
 
 
 
England Dave Harold4
 
England Dave Harold0
 
 
 
England Sam Baird4
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien3
 
 
 
England Sam Baird4
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire4
 
 
 
Scotland Alan McManus0
 
Scotland Alan McManus4
 
 
 
Wales Jamie Clarke2
 
Scotland Alan McManus4
 
 
 
Qatar Ahmed Saif0
 
England Anthony Hamilton0
 
 
 
Qatar Ahmed Saif4
 
Scotland Alan McManus4
 
 
 
India Aditya Mehta0
 
India Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
England Sydney Wilson0
 
India Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins2
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson3
 

Fourth Quarter[edit]

 
First Round
Best of 7 frames
Second Round
Best of 7 frames
Third Round
Best of 7 frames
Fourth Round
Best of 7 frames
Quarter Final
Best of 9 frames
 
                  
 
 
 
 
England Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong3
 
England Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
Finland Robin Hull2
 
England Kyren Wilson0
 
 
 
Finland Robin Hull4
 
England Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
Wales Michael White1
 
England Nigel Bond3
 
 
 
England Chris Melling4
 
England Chris Melling0
 
 
 
Wales Michael White4
 
Wales Michael White4
 
 
 
Scotland Ross Muir1
 
England Stuart Bingham2
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden4
 
England Martin Gould4
 
 
 
Wales Jak Jones0
 
England Martin Gould4
 
 
 
England Rod Lawler1
 
England Rod Lawler4
 
 
 
England Hammad Miah1
 
England Martin Gould2
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden4
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann2
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh1
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden4
 
England Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
China Lu Ning0
 
England Ricky Walden3
 
 
 
Belgium Luca Brecel5
 
England Robert Milkins0
 
 
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
China Tian Pengfei1
 
England Tom Ford2
 
 
 
China Tian Pengfei4
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
England Oliver Brown0
 
England Mike Dunn3
 
 
 
England Oliver Brown4
 
England Oliver Brown4
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day1
 
Wales Ryan Day4
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham1
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
England Mark Selby3
 
England Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
Malta Tony Drago0
 
England Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
England Jimmy Robertson1
 
England Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
Brazil Igor Figueiredo3
 
England Peter Ebdon3
 
 
 
England Mark Selby4
 
Scotland Marcus Campbell4
 
 
 
England Stuart Carrington3
 
Scotland Marcus Campbell2
 
 
 
England Mark Selby4
 
England Mark Selby4
 
 
England Alex Davies0
 

Finals[edit]

Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
         
Hong Kong Marco Fu 1
Wales Mark Williams 5
Wales Mark Williams 5
England Ben Woollaston 6
England Ben Woollaston 5
England Gary Wilson 2
England Ben Woollaston 3
Scotland John Higgins 9
Scotland John Higgins 5
Scotland Stephen Maguire 1
Scotland John Higgins 6
Belgium Luca Brecel 4
England Ricky Walden 3
Belgium Luca Brecel 5

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Marcel Eckardt
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 22 February 2015.[10]
Ben Woollaston
 England
3–9 John Higgins
 Scotland
Afternoon: 4–120 (84), 71–51 (58), 17–101 (63), 0–105 (105), 74–23 (54), 0–84 (66), 62–19, 59–72 (Woollaston 59)
Evening: 5–97, 34–69, 9–88 (68), 8–130 (83)
59 Highest break 105
0 Century breaks 1
3 50+ breaks 6

Century breaks[edit]

[11]

References[edit]

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