2016 Champion of Champions snooker tournament

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Dafabet Champion of Champions
Tournament information
Dates7–12 November 2016
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£300,000
Winner's share£100,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (143)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score10–7
2015
2017

The 2016 Dafabet Champion of Champions was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 7 and 12 November 2016 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England.[1] It was the fourth staging of the tournament since it was revived in 2013. In the United Kingdom the tournament was broadcast on ITV4.

Neil Robertson was the defending champion,[2] but he was beaten 2–4 in the Group 1 semi-final by Stuart Bingham.

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for 2016 is shown below:[3]

  • 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 of the following non-rankings events: 2016 Masters, 2016 Championship League and 2016 China Championship.[4] Remaining places were then allocated to winners of European Tour events (in the order they were played) and then, if required, to winners of the 2016 Snooker Shoot-Out, 2016 Six-red World Championship and 2016 World Seniors Championship. Ding Junhui was awarded a wildcard for being this year's World Championship runner-up, but later qualified on his own right by winning the Six-red World Championship and 2016 Shanghai Masters.[5]

With several players winning more than one tournament, there were fewer than 16 players who qualified by winning tournaments. Remaining places were allocated to the highest ranked player, not already qualified, on the one-year ranking list. After the 2016 International Championship there had only been 14 different winners and, with only one event left, Stuart Bingham, who was 8th in the one-year ranking list, qualified at that stage.[6] The final place was left for the winner of the 2016 China Championship, a non-ranking event. During the China Championship Marco Fu withdrew and Joe Perry, 9th on the one-year ranking list, replaced him. At that stage John Higgins was the only non-qualified player left in the China Championship and, since he was 10th on the one-year ranking list, he therefore became the final qualifier. Moreover, he subsequently went on to win the tournament by beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–7 in the final.

The following players qualified for the tournament:[7][8]

Seed Player Qualified as Ref.
1 Australia Neil Robertson Winner of 2015 Champion of Champions, 2015 UK Championship and 2016 Riga Masters
2 England Mark Selby Winner of 2016 World Snooker Championship, 2016 Gdynia Open, 2016 Paul Hunter Classic and 2016 International Championship
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan Winner of 2016 Masters and 2016 Welsh Open
4 England Shaun Murphy Winner of 2016 World Grand Prix
Northern Ireland Mark Allen Winner of 2016 Players Championship Grand Final
England Judd Trump Winner of 2016 China Open, 2016 Championship League and 2016 European Masters
China Ding Junhui Winner of 2016 Six-red World Championship and 2016 Shanghai Masters
England Martin Gould Winner of 2016 German Masters
w/d Hong Kong Marco Fu Winner of 2015 Gibraltar Open
Scotland Anthony McGill Winner of 2016 Indian Open
England Ali Carter Winner of 2016 World Open
Finland Robin Hull Winner of 2016 Snooker Shoot-Out
England Mark Davis Winner of 2016 World Seniors Championship
China Liang Wenbo Winner of 2016 English Open
Scotland John Higgins Winner of 2016 China Championship
England Stuart Bingham Highest ranked player, not already qualified, on the one-year ranking list after 2016 International Championship [9][10]
England Joe Perry Qualified from the one-year ranking list after Marco Fu's withdrawal

Four players were seeded. The seedings were determined in early October. Defending champion Neil Robertson was the 1st seed, while Mark Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan were seeded 2nd and 3rd respectively for being the winner of last season's Triple Crown events. As Robertson was seeded twice for winning the UK Championship, Shaun Murphy became the 4th seed for being the highest ranked player not seeded after the 2016 Shanghai Masters.[9]

Main draw

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 Australia Neil Robertson 2
England Stuart Bingham 4
  England Stuart Bingham 4
Group 1 (8 November)
China Ding Junhui 6
  China Ding Junhui 4
England Ali Carter 2
  China Ding Junhui 5
Scotland John Higgins 6
  England Judd Trump 4
Scotland Anthony McGill 3
  England Judd Trump 4
Group 4 (10 November)
Scotland John Higgins 6
4 England Shaun Murphy 2
Scotland John Higgins 4
Scotland John Higgins 10
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 7
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
Finland Robin Hull 2
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
Group 3 (7 November)
England Martin Gould 2
  England Martin Gould 4
England Mark Davis 3
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 2
  Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
England Joe Perry 2
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
Group 2 (9 November)
2 England Mark Selby 5
2 England Mark Selby 4
China Liang Wenbo 0

Final

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: England Brendan Moore.
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, 12 November 2016.
John Higgins
 Scotland
10–7 Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)
 England
Afternoon: 75–0 (75), 19–69 (68), 74–3 (74), 1–100 (88), 0–90 (90), 79–0 (79), 74–4 (65), 29–88 (61), 48–82
Evening: 62–23 (60), 64–21 (63), 0–77 (74), 88–0 (83), 0–134 (130), 76–0 (76), 86–1 (86), 113–0 (58)
86 Highest break 130
0 Century breaks 1
10 50+ breaks 6

Century breaks

References

  1. ^ Champion of Champions Snooker 2016
  2. ^ "Champion of Champions: Neil Robertson beats Mark Allen". BBC Sport. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Prize Fund". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 27 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Champion of Champions June Update". www.wpbsa.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Race To The Ricoh – Champion of Champions Latest". www.wpbsa.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/1-year-list-after-2016-International-Champs.pdf
  7. ^ "Players". Champion of Champions Snooker. Retrieved 27 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Champion of Champions 2016 – Shanghai Update
  9. ^ a b "Champion of Champions Group Draw Announced". www.wpbsa.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "rankings update Selby dominates". www.wpbsa.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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