2018 Welsh Open (snooker)

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Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates26 February – 4 March 2018
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (144)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Barry Hawkins
Score9–7
2017
2019

The 2018 ManBetX Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament, that took place from 26 February to 4 March 2018 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.[1] It was the sixteenth ranking event of the 2017/2018 season and a part of the Home Nations Series.

The defending champion Stuart Bingham[2] lost 1–4 to Matthew Stevens in the last 32.[3]

John Higgins won a record fifth Welsh Open title and 30th ranking title overall, beating Barry Hawkins 9–7 in the final.[4]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £20,000

Main draw[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Wales Darren Morgan 3–4 Wales Rhydian Richards

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 Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
China Chen Zhe1
 
England Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
Wales Jackson Page2
 
Wales Jackson Page4
 
 
 
England Sean O'Sullivan3
 
England Stuart Bingham1
 
 
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien2
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson2
 
 
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty1
 
Wales Matthew Stevens2
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao4
 
Wales Ryan Day2
 
 
 
Australia Kurt Dunham4
 
Australia Kurt Dunham2
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao4
 
England Jimmy White3
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao4
 
China Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
England Peter Ebdon1
 
China Wang Yuchen1
 
 
 
England Peter Ebdon4
 
England Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton1
 
England Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
England David Gilbert3
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
China Fang Xiongman4
 
 
 
China Yuan Sijun3
 
China Fang Xiongman4
 
 
 
China Chen Zifan2
 
China Chen Zifan4
 
 
 
China Zhou Yuelong1
 
China Fang Xiongman2
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
England Rod Lawler0
 
 
 
England Tom Ford4
 
England Tom Ford0
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
 
 
China Niu Zhuang1
 
England Barry Hawkins4
 
 
 
England Martin Gould2
 
China Li Yuan1
 
 
 
England Ricky Walden4
 
England Ricky Walden3
 
 
 
England Martin Gould4
 
Wales Michael White2
 
 
 
England Martin Gould4
 
England Martin Gould4
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams2
 
India Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
England Martin O'Donnell3
 
India Aditya Mehta3
 
 
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
Wales Mark Williams4
 
 
England Mark King2
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
China Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
England Hammad Miah0
 
China Ding Junhui1
 
 
 
England Liam Highfield4
 
China Li Hangw/d
 
 
 
England Liam Highfieldw/o
 
England Liam Highfield4
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin1
 
China Xiao Guodong0
 
 
 
England Chris Wakelin4
 
England Chris Wakelin4
 
 
 
England Andrew Higginson2
 
England Andrew Higginson4
 
 
 
England Ashley Hugill3
 
England Liam Highfield3
 
 
 
England Ian Burns4
 
Australia Neil Robertson4
 
 
 
England Mark Davis1
 
Australia Neil Robertson3
 
 
 
England Ian Burns4
 
England Jamie Curtis-Barrett1
 
 
 
England Ian Burns4
 
England Ian Burns4
 
 
 
Thailand Sunny Akani2
 
Wales Jamie Jones4
 
 
 
Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher1
 
Wales Jamie Jones1
 
 
 
Thailand Sunny Akani4
 
China Tian Pengfei1
 
 
Thailand Sunny Akani4
 

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 Zhang Yong1
 
 
 
Thailand James Wattana4
 
Thailand James Wattana4
 
 
 
England Michael Holt2
 
England Michael Holt4
 
 
 
England Elliot Slessor2
 
Thailand James Wattana3
 
 
 
England Kyren Wilson4
 
England Rory McLeod4
 
 
 
England Adam Duffy2
 
England Rory McLeod0
 
 
 
England Kyren Wilson4
 
England Kyren Wilson4
 
 
 
England Robert Milkins1
 
England Kyren Wilson0
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham4
 
England Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
Wales David John1
 
England Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
Iran Hossein Vafaei2
 
 
 
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
England Craig Steadman2
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham4
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham4
 
 
 
Scotland Ross Muir2
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham4
 
 
 
England Judd Trump1
 
England Judd Trump4
 
 
Wales Duane Jones3
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivanw/o
 
 
 
Finland Robin Hullw/d
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott0
 
England Sanderson Lam0
 
 
 
Scotland Graeme Dott4
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
England David Grace0
 
England David Grace4
 
 
 
Wales Rhydian Richards 3
 
England David Grace4
 
 
 
Wales Jak Jones0
 
China Mei Xiwen3
 
 
 
Wales Jak Jones4
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
England Mike Dunn0
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Josh Boileau2
 
Belgium Luca Brecel1
 
 
 
England Mike Dunn 4
 
Pakistan Hamza Akbar0
 
 
 
England Mike Dunn4
 
England Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
China Xu Si2
 
Scotland Alan McManus0
 
 
 
China Xu Si4
 
China Xu Si4
 
 
 
Cyprus Michael Georgiou2
 
England Mitchell Mann0
 
 
Cyprus Michael Georgiou4
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
England Paul Davison2
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian4
 
China Lyu Haotian2
 
 
 
England Jack Lisowski4
 
England Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
England Mark Joyce3
 
England Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
England Nigel Bond4
 
England Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
Germany Lukas Kleckers2
 
England Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
England Ali Carter3
 
England Ali Carter4
 
 
 
Scotland Rhys Clark0
 
England Nigel Bond0
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
England Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez0
 
England Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin1
 
England Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
Norway Kurt Maflin4
 
England Sam Craigie0
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
England Joe Perry2
 
 
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire4
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire1
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
Scotland John Higgins4
 
 
England Matthew Selt2
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
England Shaun Murphy0
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene4
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene4
 
 
 
England Stuart Carrington3
 
England Stuart Carrington4
 
 
 
England Peter Lines3
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene3
 
 
 
England John Astley4
 
Wales Dominic Dale4
 
 
 
Scotland Chris Totten0
 
Wales Dominic Dale2
 
 
 
England John Astley4
 
England John Astley4
 
 
 
China Zhang Anda2
 
England John Astley2
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
 
 
China Cao Yupeng2
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen4
 
 
 
Iran Soheil Vahedi1
 
Malta Alex Borg0
 
 
 
Iran Soheil Vahedi4
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen3
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
England Sam Baird1
 
England Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
Wales Daniel Wells3
 
Wales Daniel Wells4
 
 
Wales Lee Walker1
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
England Oliver Lines4
 
 
 
Scotland Eden Sharav3
 
England Oliver Lines2
 
 
 
China Yu Delu4
 
China Yu Delu4
 
 
 
England Billy Joe Castle2
 
China Yu Delu4
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston0
 
Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong3
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
Scotland Anthony McGill3
 
Scotland Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
Egypt Basem Eltahhan1
 
China Yu Delu4
 
 
 
China Liang Wenbo1
 
England Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
England Allan Taylor0
 
England Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
Wales Ian Preece0
 
Wales Ian Preece4
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong2
 
England Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
England Alfie Burden3
 
 
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
China Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
England Mark Selby3
 
England Christopher Keogan2
 
 
England Mark Selby4
 

Finals[edit]

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao1
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins5
 
England Barry Hawkins6
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham4
 
England Ian Burns3
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham5
 
England Barry Hawkins7
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins9
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan1
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins5
 
Scotland John Higgins6
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson2
 
England Gary Wilson5
 
 
China Yu Delu2
 

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Malta Terry Camilleri.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 4 March 2018.
Barry Hawkins
 England
7–9 John Higgins
 Scotland
Afternoon: 66–55, 0–138 (138), 70–68 (Higgins 68), 0–141 (141), 66–16, 131–0 (130), 14–83 (51), 15–73 (58)
Evening: 1–56, 44–59, 125–6 (103), 142–0 (138), 44–70 (66), 55–65, 82–0 (82), 0–72 (64)
138 Highest break 141
3 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 7

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 66[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017/18 World Snooker Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Bingham Is Prince Of Wales". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Home Favourite Stevens Ends Bingham's Reign". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Higgins Wins Record Fifth Welsh Crown". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2017/2018 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Welsh Open 2018 Centuries". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 25 February – 4 March 2018.