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The Welsh Open is a professional snooker tournament. It is one of a number of ranking tournaments. It replaced the Welsh Professional Championship, which started in 1980 and only involved Welsh players.

The tournament became a ranking tournament in 1992, bringing in overseas players. The event was sponsored by Regal until 2003 (known as the Regal Welsh Open), but UK restrictions on tobacco advertising meant that it was without a sponsor until 2009. The tournament is currently sponsored by Totesport.com.

Like the Welsh Professional Championship, it was played at the Newport Centre, before moving to the Cardiff International Arena in 1999. It was moved back to Newport in 2005.

The tournament currently takes place in late January after the Masters, and is currently covered by BBC Wales, Eurosport, CCTV and SMG (China), Now TV (Hong Kong) and Showtime Arabia.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Opponent Final score Season
1992 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of Wales Darren Morgan 9 - 3 1991/92
1993 Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty Flag of Scotland Alan McManus 9 - 7 1992/93
1994 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of Scotland Alan McManus 9 - 6 1993/94
1995 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of Scotland John Higgins 9 - 3 1994/95
1996 Flag of Wales Mark Williams Flag of England John Parrott 9 - 3 1995/96
1997 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Mark King 9 - 2 1996/97
1998 Flag of England Paul Hunter Flag of Scotland John Higgins 9 - 5 1997/98
1999 Flag of Wales Mark Williams Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry 9 - 8 1998/99
2000 Flag of Scotland John Higgins Flag of England Stephen Lee 9 - 8 1999/00
2001 Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty Flag of England Paul Hunter 9 - 2 2000/01
2002 Flag of England Paul Hunter Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty 9 - 7 2001/02
2003 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of Wales Mark Williams 9 - 5 2002/03
2004 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England Steve Davis 9 - 8 2003/04
2005 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry 9 - 8 2004/05
2006 Flag of England Stephen Lee Flag of England Shaun Murphy 9 - 4 2005/06
2007 Flag of Australia Neil Robertson Flag of England Andrew Higginson 9 - 8 2006/07
2008 Flag of England Mark Selby Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9 - 8 2007/08
2009 Flag of England Ali Carter Flag of Northern Ireland Joe Swail 9 - 5 2008/09
2010 Flag of Scotland John Higgins Flag of England Ali Carter 9 - 4 2009/10

ReferencesEdit


Welsh Open
Full results by year
19921993199419951996199719981999200020012002 200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Winners and statistics
List of winners from 1992 to present

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