|Dates||5–13 December 2009|
|Venue||Telford International Centre|
|Total prize fund||£625,000|
|Highest break|| Mark Selby (141)|
Stephen Lee (141)
A controversial incident occurred in frame 13 of the semi final match between John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan. In trying to escape from a self-inflicted snooker after potting a red and drifting the white in among the remaining reds, O'Sullivan brushed one of the balls with his wrist after his seventh attempt of trying to play a colour. The foul was called by referee Jan Verhaas and acknowledged by O'Sullivan; however, when Higgins asked for the cue ball to be replaced, the referee refused because he had not called a miss- the foul could not be called as a miss by the letter of the law as a stroke had not actually been played- and he also did not have the option of a free ball. Additionally, O'Sullivan could not be put back in because in a situation where reds are still on the table, the miss rule does not apply when playing a colour and O'Sullivan would have to play for a red if the cue ball was replaced. Higgins was awarded 4 points for the foul but was required to play the next shot from where the cue ball finished. The incident was debated in the TV studio by former players Steve Davis and John Parrot who were covering the event for BBC, both of whom stated that they had never known of this situation having occurred before, and Verhaas was interviewed by Davis. The referee stated that he had applied the letter of the law but acknowledged that the law may need to be reviewed and that in the spirit of fair play he could have required O'Sullivan to play for a colour. O'Sullivan took the frame to close the gap to 3 frames. However, Higgins eventually won the match 9–8.
The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:
Stage one highest break: £500
Stage one maximum break: £1,000
* Dott withdrew due to illness.
|Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Eirian Williams.|
Telford International Centre, Telford, England, 13 December 2009.
|Ding Junhui (13)
|10–8||John Higgins (2)|
|Afternoon: 93–11 (81), 43–75 (67), 101–27 (69), 32–77 (67), 78–4 (63), 51–62, 65–49, 0–96 (80) |
Evening: 58–22, 21–67, 78–12 (50), 12–99 (91), 5–68, 75–5 (74), 64–58, 62–49, 18–115 (115), 84–36 (75)
Televised stage centuries
Qualifying stage centuries
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