2015 Champion of Champions snooker tournament

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Champion of Champions
Tournament information
Dates10–15 November 2015
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£300,000
Winner's share£100,000
Highest breakAustralia Neil Robertson (144)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Mark Allen
Score10–5
2014
2016

The 2015 188BET Champion of Champions was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 10 and 15 November 2015 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England.[1][2] It was the third staging of the tournament since it was revived in 2013. In the United Kingdom, the tournament was broadcast on ITV4.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, who won the title in 2013 and 2014, chose not to defend his title in 2015.[3]

Neil Robertson won the tournament, defeating Mark Allen 10–5 in the final.[4]

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for 2015 is shown below:[5]

  • Winner: £100,000
  • Runner-up: £50,000
  • Losing Semi-finalist: £25,000
  • Group runner-up: £10,000
  • First round losers: £7,500
  • Total: £300,000

Players

Players qualified for the event by winning important tournaments since the previous Champion of Champions. Entry was guaranteed for the defending champion, winners of rankings events and winners the following non-rankings events: 2015 Masters, 2015 Championship League, 2015 World Grand Prix, 2015 Players Championship Grand Final and 2015 World Cup.[6] Remaining places were then allocated to winners of European Tour events (in the order they were played) and then, if required, to winners of Asian Tour events and then, winners of the 2015 Six-red World Championship, 2015 Snooker Shoot-Out and 2015 World Seniors Championship.[7]

The following players qualified for the tournament:[8][9]

Seed Player Qualified as Ref.
w/d England Ronnie O'Sullivan Winner of 2014 Champion of Champions and 2014 UK Championship [10]
2 England Mark Selby Winner of 2015 German Masters and 2015 China Open [11]
3 England Stuart Bingham Winner of 2015 World Snooker Championship and 2015 Championship League [12]
4 Australia Neil Robertson Winner of 2015 Gdynia Open [13]
5 England Shaun Murphy Winner of 2015 Masters and 2014 Ruhr Open [14]
6 England Judd Trump Winner of 2015 World Grand Prix [15]
7 England Barry Hawkins Winner of 2015 Riga Open [16]
8 England Joe Perry Winner of 2015 Players Championship Grand Final [17]
1[18] Scotland John Higgins Winner of 2015 Welsh Open, 2015 Australian Goldfields Open, and 2015 International Championship [19]
Northern Ireland Mark Allen Winner of 2015 Bulgarian Open [20]
Scotland Stephen Maguire Winner of 2014 Lisbon Open [21]
Wales Michael White Winner of 2015 Indian Open [22]
England Kyren Wilson Winner of 2015 Shanghai Masters [23]
England Ali Carter Winner of 2015 Paul Hunter Classic [24]
England Rory McLeod Winner of 2015 Ruhr Open [25]
China Zhou Yuelong Winner of 2015 World Cup [26]
China Yan Bingtao Winner of 2015 World Cup [27]

Eight players were seeded. Seedings were determined in early October, before defending champion and top seed Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew from the event.[28] Other seeds were based on the latest world rankings (revision 3).[9] Later in October, John Higgins was chosen as the final seed, being the highest ranked player who had then qualified and wasn't already seeded.[18] He replaced O'Sullivan in the draw, taking the position allocated for the top seed.[29] Mark Allen was ranked higher than Higgins in these rankings (revision 3) but hadn't qualified at that time.

Main draw

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Group semi-finals (Last 16)
Best of 7 frames
Group finals (Quarter-finals)
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1 Scotland John Higgins 4
England Ali Carter 2
1 Scotland John Higgins 5
Group 1 (11 November)
8 England Joe Perry 6
8 England Joe Perry 4
Wales Michael White 2
8 England Joe Perry 4
4 Australia Neil Robertson 6
5 England Shaun Murphy 2
China Yan Bingtao 4
China Yan Bingtao 3
Group 4 (12 November)
4 Australia Neil Robertson 6
4 Australia Neil Robertson 4
England Rory McLeod 0
4 Australia Neil Robertson 10
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
3 England Stuart Bingham 3
China Zhou Yuelong 4
China Zhou Yuelong 3
Group 3 (10 November)
  England Kyren Wilson 6
6 England Judd Trump 2
England Kyren Wilson 4
England Kyren Wilson 3
  Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
7 England Barry Hawkins 2
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
Group 2 (13 November)
  Scotland Stephen Maguire 2
2 England Mark Selby 1
Scotland Stephen Maguire 4

Final

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Wales Paul Collier.
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, 15 November 2015.
Neil Robertson (4)
 Australia
10–5 Mark Allen
 Northern Ireland
Afternoon: 63–35, 20–107 (103), 97–6 (53), 133–0 (114), 69–20 (69), 45–57, 69–44 (54), 5–81 (60), 75–25 (71)
Evening: 86–0 (60), 76–35, 55–65 (Robertson 54), 0–112 (112), 46–38, 56–24
114 Highest break 112
1 Century breaks 2
7 50+ breaks 3

Century breaks

Total: 14 [31]

References

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  12. ^ "Stuart Bingham". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Neil Robertson". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Shaun Murphy". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  21. ^ "Stephen Maguire". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "Michael White". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Kyren Wilson". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "Ali Carter". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  25. ^ "Rory McLeod". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  26. ^ "Zhou Yuelong". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  27. ^ "Yan Bingtao". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  31. ^ "Champion of Champions: century breaks". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 12 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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