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1997 World Snooker Championship

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 19 April–5 May 1997
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,260,000
Winner's share £210,000
Highest break Ronnie O'Sullivan (147)
Final
Champion Ken Doherty
Runner-up Stephen Hendry
Score 18–12
1996
1998

The 1997 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April – 5 May 1997 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Ken Doherty won his first World title by defeating defending champion Stephen Hendry 18–12 in the final. Doherty also became the first snooker player to win the World Championship at junior, amateur and professional level.[1]

Contents

  • Tournament summary 1
  • Prize fund 2
  • Main draw 3
  • Century breaks 4
  • References 5

Tournament summary

  • The semi-final matches were best of 33 for the first time, having previously been best of 31.[2]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan made the quickest maximum break in history with a time of 5 minutes and 20 seconds,[3] and the fourth in the history of the tournament.[4]
  • Terry Griffiths' first round encounter against Mark Williams was his last ever professional match.[5]
  • Stephen Hendry's five-year run as World Champion came to an end after losing to Ken Doherty 12–18. It was Hendry's first defeat at the World Championship since 1991,[6] spanning 29 matches, a Crucible record.[7]
  • Doherty became only the second player from outside the United Kingdom to win the world title in the modern era, following Cliff Thorburn in 1980.[4][8]
  • Alan Chamberlain would referee his first and only World Championship final. He was the first referee since Jim Thorpe in 1984 to officiate a debut final. All finals up to this year were officiated by either John Williams, Len Ganley or John Street. The next four years would also have referees debuting the final: Laurie Annandale in 1998, Colin Brinded in 1999, John Newton in 2000 and Eirian Williams in 2001, before John Williams did his 10th final in 2002.[9]

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][11]

  • Winner: £210,000
  • Runner-up: £126,000
  • Semi-finalist: £63,000
  • Quarter-finalist: £31,500
  • Last 16: £16,800
  • Last 32: £9,450
  • Highest break: £18,000
  • Maximum break: £147,000
  • Total £1,260,000

Main draw

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[10][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
19 April            
  Stephen Hendry (1)  10
25 & 26 April
  Andy Hicks  6  
  Stephen Hendry (1)  13
19 & 20 April
    Mark Williams (16)  8  
  Mark Williams (16)  10
29 & 30 April
  Terry Griffiths  9  
  Stephen Hendry (1)  13
20 & 21 April
   Darren Morgan (9)  10  
 Darren Morgan (9)  10
24, 25 & 26
  Gary Wilkinson  5  
 Darren Morgan (9)  13
20 & 21 April
    Ronnie O'Sullivan (8)  12  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (8)  10
1, 2 & 3 May
  Mick Price  6  
  Stephen Hendry (1)  17
22 April
    James Wattana (12)  13
  Nigel Bond (5)  8
27 & 28 April
  Stephen Lee  10  
  Stephen Lee  7
23 & 24 April
    James Wattana (12)  13  
  James Wattana (12)  10
29 & 30 April
  Graeme Dott  9  
  James Wattana (12)  13
23 April
    John Parrott (4)  10  
  Jimmy White (13)  9
26, 27 & 28 April
  Anthony Hamilton  10  
  Anthony Hamilton  11
21 & 22 April
    John Parrott (4)  13  
  John Parrott (4)  10
  Bradley Jones  9  
19 & 20 April            
  Peter Ebdon (3)  3
25 & 26 April
  Stefan Mazrocis  10  
  Stefan Mazrocis  9
22 & 23 April
    Alain Robidoux (14)  13  
  Alain Robidoux (14)  10
29 & 30 April
 Brian Morgan  8  
  Alain Robidoux (14)  13
19 & 20 April
    Lee Walker  8  
  Dave Harold (11)  7
24 & 25 April
  Lee Walker  10  
  Lee Walker  13
21 & 22 April
    Alan McManus (6)  10  
  Alan McManus (6)  10
1 & 2 May
  Billy Snaddon  9  
  Alain Robidoux (14)  7
19 & 20
    Ken Doherty (7)  17
  Ken Doherty (7)  10
26 & 27 April
  Mark Davis  8  
  Ken Doherty (7)  13
21 April
    Steve Davis (10)  3  
  Steve Davis (10)  10
29 & 30 April
  David McLellan  2  
  Ken Doherty (7)  13
23 & 24 April
    John Higgins (2)  9  
  Tony Drago (15)  9
27 & 28 April
  Dominic Dale  10  
  Dominic Dale  5
22 & 23 April
    John Higgins (2)  13  
  John Higgins (2)  10
  Graham Horne  6  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 & 5 May 1997. Referee: Alan Chamberlain[9]
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
12 – 18 Ken Doherty (7)
 Ireland
7–67, 117–5, 106–0, 13–77, 9–78, 51–75, 11–69, 122–0, 76–12, 32–89, 55–62, 43–57, 13–65, 50–85, 74–47, 28–60, 70–23, 24–71, 110–4, 0–86, 16–85, 45–59, 137–0, 75–12, 61–30, 114–0, 61–57, 23–82, 19–69, 49–71 Century breaks: 5 (Hendry 5)

Highest break by Hendry: 137
Highest break by Doherty: 85

7–67, 117–5, 106–0, 13–77, 9–78, 51–75, 11–69, 122–0, 76–12, 32–89, 55–62, 43–57, 13–65, 50–85, 74–47, 28–60, 70–23, 24–71, 110–4, 0–86, 16–85, 45–59, 137–0, 75–12, 61–30, 114–0, 61–57, 23–82, 19–69, 49–71
Ken Doherty wins the 1997 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks

There were 39 [10][13][14]

References

  1. ^ "Ken Doherty". Riley England. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 76. 
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Terry Griffiths profile". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Hendry at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Everton, Clive. "Snooker: Doherty ready to fulfil rich promise".   (subscription required)
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 125. 
  9. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  10. ^ a b c "Embassy World Championship 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 44–45. 
  13. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 149. 
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