Players Championship Grand Final

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Players Championship Grand Final
Tournament information
Venue EventCity
Location Manchester
Country England
Established 2011
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £350,000[1]
Current champion(s) England Joe Perry

The Players Championship Grand Final is a professional ranking snooker tournament, which is the last event of the Players Tour Championship seasons. Joe Perry is the reigning champion.

History[edit]

The Players Tour Championship Grand Finals was first held in 2011 at The Helix in Dublin,[2] between the top 24 players of the Order of Merit, who played at least 6 events; 3 in Sheffield and 3 in mainland Europe.[3] The event was sponsored by PartyCasino.com.[4] In 2012 the event moved to the Bailey Allen Hall in Galway,[5] and was sponsored by Betfair.[6] In 2013 the event was sponsored by Dafabet,[7] and the competition was expanded to 32 players. The field consisted of the top 25 players from the UK/European Order of Merit, the top four players from the Asian Order of Merit and the three APTC event winners. The seedings of the final was based on the combined list of both Order of Merits.[8]

In 2014 the event was renamed to Players Championship Grand Final and it moved to the Guild Hall in Preston, England.[9] It was originally planned, that the event would take place in Bangkok, Thailand,[10] but due to the political unrest in the country the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association decided to relocate the event.[11] The qualifying criteria were also changed for the 2014 event. The event still accommodated 32 players, but the number of qualified players from the Order of Merits was changed with 24 coming through the European Tour Order of Merit and eight through the Asian Tour Order of Merit.[12]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Venue Season
2011[13] England Shaun Murphy England Martin Gould 4–0 Republic of Ireland Dublin 2010/11
2012[14] England Stephen Lee Australia Neil Robertson 4–0 Republic of Ireland Galway 2011/12
2013[15] China Ding Junhui Australia Neil Robertson 4–3 Republic of Ireland Galway 2012/13
2014[16] England Barry Hawkins Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 4–0 England Preston 2013/14
2015[17] England Joe Perry Wales Mark Williams 4–3 Thailand Bangkok 2014/15
2016 England Manchester 2015/16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snooker – Turnier-Info: Players Championship 2015" (in German). Eurosport Deutschland. 23 March 2015. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "Players Tour Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Euro Players Tour Championship 2–6 Entry Pack" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "PartyCasino.com Sponsor Snooker's PTC Finals". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Snooker’s elite are all cued up for Galway". Galway City Tribune. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Betfair to sponsor PTC Grand Finals". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dafabet Sponsor PTC Grand Finals". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Players Tour Championship 2012/2013 season qualifying criteria" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Top Class Snooker Returns To Preston". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Thailand To Host Players Championship". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Players Championship To Change Location". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "European Open 2013/2014 Entry pack for the Bulgarian Open (ET1)". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "PartyCasino.com Players Tour Championship Finals (2011)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Betfair Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dafabet Players Tour Championship Finals (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Wyldecrest Parks Players Championship Grand Final (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Players Championship Grand Final (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.