2017 Northern Ireland Open

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Northern Ireland Open
Tournament information
Dates 20–26 November 2017
Venue Waterfront Hall
City Belfast
Country Northern Ireland
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £366,000
Winner's share £70,000
Highest break Scotland John Higgins (142)
Final
Champion Wales Mark Williams
Runner-up China Yan Bingtao
Score 9–8
2016
2018

The 2017 Dafabet Northern Ireland Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20–26 November 2017 in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[1] It was the tenth ranking event of the 2017/2018 season and a part of the Home Nations Series.

Mark King was the defending champion, but he was beaten 4–1 in the third round (last 32) by Yan Bingtao. By reaching the final Yan Bingtao became the youngest ever finalist of a ranking event.

Mark Williams won the 19th ranking title of his career, beating Yan Bingtao 9–8 in the final.[2]. Williams had to come from 7–8 behind to win and denied Bingtao becoming the youngest ever winner of a ranking event. Ronnie O'Sullivan still holds that record for the 1993 UK Championship.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £10,000

Main draw[edit]

[4][5]

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
England Mark King4
 
 
 
Australia Matthew Bolton 1
 
England Mark King 4
 
 
 
England Ashley Hugill 1
 
Republic of Ireland Josh Boileau 2
 
 
 
England Ashley Hugill 4
 
England Mark King 1
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao 4
 
England Jamie Curtis-Barrett 4
 
 
 
Wales Ian Preece 1
 
England Jamie Curtis-Barrett 0
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao 4
 
England Robbie Williams 0
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao 4
 
China Yan Bingtao 4
 
 
 
Wales Ryan Day 3
 
Wales Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
England John Astley 3
 
Wales Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
China Li Hang 2
 
China Cao Yupeng 3
 
 
 
China Li Hang 4
 
Wales Ryan Day 4
 
 
 
Finland Robin Hull 3
 
China Zhou Yuelong 4
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott 3
 
China Zhou Yuelong 1
 
 
 
Finland Robin Hull 4
 
Finland Robin Hull 4
 
 
Scotland Eden Sharav 3
 

Section 2[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
England Hammad Miah 0
 
England Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
England Jack Lisowski 2
 
England Jack Lisowski 4
 
 
 
England Sean O'Sullivan 0
 
England Ricky Walden 4
 
 
 
England Jimmy Robertson 3
 
England Jimmy Robertson 4
 
 
 
Wales Michael White 2
 
England Jimmy Robertson 4
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong 3
 
England Barry Hawkins 3
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong 4
 
England Ricky Walden 2
 
 
 
England Robert Milkins 4
 
England Alfie Burden 3
 
 
 
England Robert Milkins 4
 
England Robert Milkins 4
 
 
 
England Oliver Lines 1
 
England Oliver Lines 4
 
 
 
China Xu Si 3
 
England Robert Milkins 4
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 3
 
England Billy Joe Castle 4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Declan Brennan 2
 
England Billy Joe Castle 0
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson 4
 
Australia Neil Robertson 4
 
 
Wales Jamie Jones 1
 

Section 3[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
 
 
 
England Sanderson Lam 2
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 3
 
 
 
China Tian Pengfei 4
 
Iran Soheil Vahedi 2
 
 
 
China Tian Pengfei 4
 
China Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 2
 
England Craig Steadman 1
 
 
 
China Yu Delu 4
 
China Yu Delu 3
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 4
 
Pakistan Hamza Akbar 3
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 4
 
China Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin 1
 
Belgium Luca Brecel w/d
 
 
 
China Fang Xiongman w/o
 
China Fang Xiongman 1
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin 4
 
Scotland Chris Totten 0
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin 4
 
England Chris Wakelin 4
 
 
 
England Jimmy White 0
 
England Jimmy White 4
 
 
 
Wales Dominic Dale 3
 
England Jimmy White 4
 
 
 
Wales Jak Jones 0
 
Wales Jak Jones 4
 
 
Wales Lee Walker 3
 

Section 4[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
China Niu Zhuang 4
 
 
 
England Ian Burns 3
 
China Niu Zhuang 1
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4
 
England Peter Lines 2
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
 
 
 
England Liam Highfield 4
 
England Liam Highfield 4
 
 
 
England Mark Davis 3
 
England Liam Highfield 4
 
 
 
China Liang Wenbo 1
 
China Liang Wenbo 4
 
 
 
Wales Jackson Page 1
 
England Liam Highfield 2
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian 4
 
Scotland Alan McManus 1
 
 
 
China Yuan Sijun 4
 
China Yuan Sijun 1
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian 4
 
China Lyu Haotian 4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 3
 
China Lyu Haotian 4
 
 
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2
 
England Allan Taylor 2
 
 
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4
 
 
 
China Chen Zifan 3
 
England Shaun Murphy 1
 
 
China Chen Zifan 4
 

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins 4
 
 
 
England Nigel Bond 2
 
Scotland John Higgins 4
 
 
 
Iran Hossein Vafaei1
 
Iran Hossein Vafaei 4
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton 2
 
Scotland John Higgins3
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson 4
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire 4
 
 
 
Egypt Basem Eltahhan 0
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire 0
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson 4
 
England Gary Wilson 4
 
 
 
Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher 1
 
England Gary Wilson 1
 
 
 
China Li Yuan 4
 
Scotland Anthony McGill w/o
 
 
 
Thailand Boonyarit Keattikun w/d
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 4
 
 
 
England Adam Duffy1
 
England Rory McLeod 2
 
 
 
England Adam Duffy 4
 
Scotland Anthony McGill 3
 
 
 
China Li Yuan 4
 
England Sam Baird 3
 
 
 
China Zhang Yong 4
 
China Zhang Yong 0
 
 
 
China Li Yuan 4
 
India Aditya Mehta 0
 
 
China Li Yuan 4
 

Section 6[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
China Mei Xiwen 4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown 0
 
China Mei Xiwen 4
 
 
 
Malta Alex Borg 1
 
Malta Alex Borg 4
 
 
 
England Peter Ebdon 3
 
China Mei Xiwen 2
 
 
 
England Sam Craigie 4
 
England Mark Joyce 3
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston 4
 
England Ben Woollaston 2
 
 
 
England Sam Craigie 4
 
England Kyren Wilson 1
 
 
 
England Sam Craigie 4
 
England Sam Craigie 1
 
 
 
England Elliot Slessor 4
 
England Elliot Slessor 4
 
 
 
Australia Kurt Dunham 0
 
England Elliot Slessor 4
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin 2
 
England Andrew Higginson 1
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin 4
 
England Elliot Slessor 4
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 1
 
Wales Duane Jones 4
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann 1
 
Wales Duane Jones 0
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
 
 
Germany Lukas Kleckers 2
 

Section 7[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Wales Jamie Clarke 2
 
 
 
England Mike Dunn 4
 
England Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
Wales Matthew Stevens 0
 
Wales Matthew Stevens 4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 0
 
England Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
England Michael Holt 1
 
Cyprus Michael Georgiou 4
 
 
 
England David Grace 0
 
Cyprus Michael Georgiou 2
 
 
 
England Michael Holt 4
 
England Martin O'Donnell w/d
 
 
 
England Michael Holt w/o
 
England Mike Dunn 4
 
 
 
England Joe Perry 1
 
England Ali Carter 4
 
 
 
China Chen Zhe 0
 
England Ali Carter 1
 
 
 
China Xiao Guodong 4
 
China Xiao Guodong 4
 
 
 
England Christopher Keogan 2
 
China Xiao Guodong 1
 
 
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
Scotland Rhys Clark 0
 
 
 
England Matthew Selt 4
 
England Matthew Selt 0
 
 
 
England Joe Perry 4
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 3
 
 
England Joe Perry 4
 

Section 8[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
China Zhang Anda 2
 
 
 
Thailand Sunny Akani 4
 
Thailand Sunny Akani 4
 
 
 
China Wang Yuchen 3
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson 2
 
 
 
China Wang Yuchen 4
 
Thailand Sunny Akani 1
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
England Tom Ford 4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 2
 
England Tom Ford 0
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
Thailand James Wattana 0
 
Wales Mark Williams 4
 
 
 
England David Gilbert 2
 
Wales Daniel Wells 0
 
 
 
England David Gilbert 4
 
England David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
England Paul Davison 2
 
England Paul Davison 4
 
 
 
England Rod Lawler 0
 
England David Gilbert 4
 
 
 
Scotland Ross Muir 3
 
Scotland Ross Muir 4
 
 
 
Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong 3
 
Scotland Ross Muir 4
 
 
 
England Stuart Carrington 2
 
England Judd Trump 2
 
 
England Stuart Carrington 4
 

Finals[edit]

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao 5
 
 
 
England Robert Milkins 4
 
China Yan Bingtao 6
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian 2
 
China Tian Pengfei 4
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian 5
 
China Yan Bingtao 8
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 9
 
China Li Yuan 4
 
 
 
England Elliot Slessor 5
 
England Elliot Slessor 2
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 6
 
England Mike Dunn 1
 
 
Wales Mark Williams 5
 

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Germany Marcel Eckardt.
Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 26 November 2017.[5]
Yan Bingtao
 China
8–9 Mark Williams
 Wales
Afternoon: 79–43, 71–0 (51), 19–67, 74–32, 0–104 (104), 94–29 (63), 3–63, 66–12
Evening: 137–0 (137), 33–82 (62), 5–90 (90), 36–89 (58), 73–23 (59), 18–63, 75–45 (60), 26–75, 28–77
137 Highest break 104
1 Century breaks 1
4 50+ breaks 3

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017/18 World Snooker Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Magnificent Mark Williams fights back to win Northern Ireland Open title in epic final". Eurosport. 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2017/2018 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Northern Ireland Open 2017 Draw" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Home Nations Series Northern Ireland Open 2017 Provisional Format of Play" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 November 2017.