2017 UK Championship

The 2017 UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 28 November to 10 December 2017 at the Barbican Centre in York, England. The event was the 41st edition of the UK Championship, first held in 1977, organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. It was the eleventh ranking and first Triple Crown event of the 2017/2018 season. The event saw 128 players compete, with no qualification round. The prize fund was a total of £850,000, with £170,000 received by the winner.

Ronnie O'Sullivan equalled Steve Davis's record of six UK titles by defeating Shaun Murphy 10–5 in the final. This was O'Sullivan's 31st ranking and 18th Triple Crown title, also equalling Stephen Hendry's record for most Triple Crown championships. Mark Selby was the defending champion, but he was defeated by Scott Donaldson 3–6 in the last 64. Michael White won the highest break prize, with a 142 made in the second round. The event followed the Northern Ireland Open, and preceded the Scottish Open.

Prize fund

The championship's prize money was identical to that of the previous year's event, with the event winner earning £170,000. The highest break prize of £5,000 was won by Michael White, who completed a 142 break during his second round match with Matthew Selt. The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £15,000, but went unclaimed. The breakdown of prize money is shown below:

  • Last 64: £5,000
  • Last 32: £10,000
  • Last 16: £15,000
  • Quarter-final: £22,500
  • Semi-final: £35,000
  • Runner-up: £75,000
  • Winner: £170,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £850,000

Tournament summary

The 2017 UK Championship was the eleventh ranking and first Triple Crown event of the 2017/2018 snooker season. The event saw 128 players from the World Snooker Tour take part, with all matches until the final being played as best of 11 frame matches, with the final being played as best of 19 frame match, held over two sessions. The first round of the competition started on 28 November 2017, with players being seeded according to their world rankings.

Early rounds (first–fourth round)

picture of Jimmy White.
Jimmy White defeated Ali Carter in the first round, despite being more than 100 places lower in the rankings.

The first round saw few upsets, with most of the highest ranked players progressing. However, Ding Junhui (second seed) was defeated by world number 130 Leo Fernandez 6–5, despite having led 5–1, and having a chance to win the match in frame 7. Fernandez had only recently returned to the professional circuit after serving a 15-month ban for a corruption charge. Elsewhere, Ali Carter (11th seed) lost 6–2 to Jimmy White (118). Despite Carter having been ahead 2–1, White won the next five frames to progress. Another upset saw Lyu Haotian (104) defeat Anthony Hamilton (25) 6–1.

The second round of the tournament was played from 2–3 December and began with defending champion, and world number one Mark Selby losing to Scott Donaldson (64) 3–6. Donaldson had lost all 10 matches of his season prior to the tournament, won six of the last seven frames to win the match, having trailed 0–2. The remaining top 16 players progressed through the second round, with the lowest ranked player to proceed being Lyu – ranked 104 – who defeated Peter Ebdon 6–3 to reach the third round.

Lyu Haotian ranked 104 defeated Marco Fu, Anthony Hamilton and Peter Ebdon to reach the fourth round.

Round three was played between the remaining 32 players, from 4–5 December 2017, seeing more top 16 players be defeated. Graeme Dott (30) overcame Judd Trump (3) 6–2, despite trailing 2–0. Dott compiled five 50+ breaks, and won the next six frames. Hoatian who had defeated Hamilton and Ebdon in prior round, defeated Marco Fu (8) 6–4. Both Neil Robertson (9) and Mark Williams (16) were also defeated at this stage, 5–6. Robertson was defeated by Mark Joyce (41), and caused him to miss the 2018 Masters, after dropping out of the top 16, thanks to the loss. Sunny Akani (87) whitewashed Barry Hawkins (10) 6–0, with Hawkins commenting after the match that he was "in a state of shock" with the result, commenting on both Akani's performance, and the poor playing conditions. Williams lost to fellow Welshman Ryan Day (17), having been ahead at 4–1.

Round four saw the remaining sixteen players play from 6–7 December 2017. Only four top 16 seeded players reached the last 16 of the tournament – John Higgins (4), Shaun Murphy (5), Mark Allen (6) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (7). This was the fewest top 16 seeds to reach that stage in the tournament's 40-year history. Higgins played Mark King (21), where he was defeated 5–6. King trailed at both 2–4, and 4–5 but won the match despite making a highest break of just 69. Murphy would defeat Ricky Walden 6–1, with Walden only winning frame four. Mark Allen lost to Joe Perry (22) 6–4. O'Sullivan played Sunny Akani in this round, winning the match 6–5, despite being 4–5 behind. O'Sullivan commented after the match that he felt as though he had "robbed" Akani of the win, describing him as being unlucky.

Later stages (quarter-finals–final)

The quarter-finals took place on 8 December 2017 on two tables. Shaun Murphy completed a 6–1 victory over Mark King. Post-match, both Murphy and King commented on the audience, with a man being removed for snoring and a woman for talking during the match. Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Martin Gould 6–3, after leading 5–0.

picture of Ronnie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan won the event, defeating Shaun Murphy in the final 10–5, winning the last five frames in a row.

Stephen Maguire defeated Joe Perry 6–3 to set up a semi-final match with O'Sullivan, in a repeat of the 2007 UK Championship final. After beating Maguire in 2007, O'Sullivan commented that Maguire would "dominate for a decade". Reacting to the match from 10 years prior, Maguire stated that O'Sullivan "talks some bollocks", having not dominated the game since that match. Ryan Day also overcame Mark Joyce in a deciding frame 6–5.

The semi-finals were played on 9 December 2017. The first semi-final saw O'Sullivan defeat Maguire 6–4. O'Sullivan took a 4–0 lead at the interval, before Maguire won four of the next five frames, with O'Sullivan winning the match in frame ten. The second semi-final saw Shaun Murphy overcome Ryan Day 6–3. Murphy would take a 5–1 lead, before losing the next two frames, and winning the match in frame nine.

The final was played as best of 19 frames, over two sessions on 10 December 2017. Both O'Sullivan and Murphy had met in the final of the 2017 Champion of Champions the month prior, with Murphy winning 10–8. Murphy and O'Sullivan would share the first session 4–4, despite Murphy being behind at 2–4. In the second session, O'Sullivan put together six 50+ breaks including two centuries to win six of the next seven frames to win the match 10–5, winning five frames in a row.

Post match, pundit John Parrott described O'Sullivan as "a genius of a juggernaut", commenting on the impressiveness of the clinical win. The win would be O'Sullivan's sixth UK Championship victory equalling that achieved by Steve Davis, and his 18th Triple Crown victory overall, equalling the record set by Stephen Hendry.

Main draw

Below is the results for the tournament. Players in bold denote winners of matches. The player's seedings are based on the player's world ranking prior to the tournament.

Top half

Section 1

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
1 Mark Selby (ENG)6
128 Basem Eltahhan (EGY)4
1EnglandMark Selby3
64ScotlandScott Donaldson6
64 Scott Donaldson (SCO)6
65 John Astley (ENG)2
64ScotlandScott Donaldson1
32ChinaLi Hang6
32 Li Hang (CHN)6
97 Gerard Greene (NIR)1
32ChinaLi Hang6
33EnglandRobert Milkins4
33 Robert Milkins (ENG)6
96 Chen Zhe (CHN)1
32ChinaLi Hang5
17WalesRyan Day6
16 Mark Williams (WAL)6
113 Paul Davison (ENG)0
16WalesMark Williams6
49EnglandAndrew Higginson2
49 Andrew Higginson (ENG)6
80 Sam Craigie (ENG)0
16WalesMark Williams5
17WalesRyan Day6
17 Ryan Day (WAL)6
112 Jamie Curtis-Barrett (ENG)0
17WalesRyan Day6
48ThailandThepchaiya Un-Nooh3
48 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA)6
81 Elliot Slessor (ENG)5

Section 2

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
41 Mark Joyce (ENG)6
88 Thor Chuan Leong (MAS)3
41EnglandMark Joyce6
24EnglandDavid Gilbert4
24 David Gilbert (ENG)6
105 Christopher Keogan (ENG)4
41EnglandMark Joyce6
9AustraliaNeil Robertson5
56 Gary Wilson (ENG)3
73 Ken Doherty (IRL)6
73Republic of IrelandKen Doherty2
9AustraliaNeil Robertson6
9 Neil Robertson (AUS)6
120 Rod Lawler (ENG)1
41EnglandMark Joyce6
104ChinaLyu Haotian4
40 Peter Ebdon (ENG)6
89 Allan Taylor (ENG)3
40EnglandPeter Ebdon3
104ChinaLyu Haotian6
25 Anthony Hamilton (ENG)1
104 Lyu Haotian (CHN)6
104ChinaLyu Haotian6
8Hong KongMarco Fu4
57 Rory McLeod (ENG)5
72 Zhao Xintong (CHN)6
72ChinaZhao Xintong4
8Hong KongMarco Fu6
8 Marco Fu (HKG)6
121 Nigel Bond (ENG)2

Section 3

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
5 Shaun Murphy (ENG)6
124 Hamza Akbar (PAK)1
5EnglandShaun Murphy6
69EnglandLiam Highfield5
60 Daniel Wells (WAL)4
69 Liam Highfield (ENG)6
5EnglandShaun Murphy6
37EnglandJimmy Robertson3
28 Alan McManus (SCO)6
101 Robin Hull (FIN)3
28ScotlandAlan McManus5
37EnglandJimmy Robertson6
37 Jimmy Robertson (ENG)6
92 Alex Borg (MLT)1
5EnglandShaun Murphy6
21EnglandRicky Walden1
12 Kyren Wilson (ENG)6
117 Sean O'Sullivan (ENG)1
12EnglandKyren Wilson6
53ChinaYu Delu4
53 Yu Delu (CHN)6
76 Ian Preece (WAL)2
12EnglandKyren Wilson2
21EnglandRicky Walden6
21 Ricky Walden (ENG)6
108 Duane Jones (WAL)1
21EnglandRicky Walden6
44WalesJamie Jones5
44 Jamie Jones (WAL)6
85 Craig Steadman (ENG)3

Section 4

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
45 Mike Dunn (ENG)6
84 Fang Xiongman (CHN)2
45EnglandMike Dunn4
20EnglandMark King6
20 Mark King (ENG)6
109 Boonyarit Keattikun (THA)0
20EnglandMark King6
13BelgiumLuca Brecel3
52 Sam Baird (ENG)5
77 Aditya Mehta (IND)6
77IndiaAditya Mehta3
13BelgiumLuca Brecel6
13 Luca Brecel (BEL)6
116 Soheil Vahedi (IRN)4
20EnglandMark King6
4ScotlandJohn Higgins5
36 Yan Bingtao (CHN)6
93 Zhang Yong (CHN)1
36ChinaYan Bingtao6
29EnglandBen Woollaston1
29 Ben Woollaston (ENG)6
100 Li Yuan (CHN)2
36ChinaYan Bingtao3
4ScotlandJohn Higgins6
61 Tian Pengfei (CHN)5
68 Cao Yupeng (CHN)6
68ChinaCao Yupeng4
4ScotlandJohn Higgins6
4 John Higgins (SCO)6
125 Chris Totten (SCO)1

Bottom half

Section 5

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
3 Judd Trump (ENG)6
126 Matthew Bolton (AUS)0
3EnglandJudd Trump6
62EnglandChris Wakelin0
62 Chris Wakelin (ENG)6
67 Lee Walker (WAL)1
3EnglandJudd Trump2
30ScotlandGraeme Dott6
30 Graeme Dott (SCO)6
99 Josh Boileau (IRL)2
30ScotlandGraeme Dott6
35WalesDominic Dale5
35 Dominic Dale (WAL)6
94 Adam Duffy (ENG)0
30ScotlandGraeme Dott2
19ScotlandStephen Maguire6
14 Liang Wenbo (CHN)6
115 Sanderson Lam (ENG)1
14ChinaLiang Wenbo6
78EnglandMitchell Mann1
51 Stuart Carrington (ENG)2
78 Mitchell Mann (ENG)6
14ChinaLiang Wenbo5
19ScotlandStephen Maguire6
19 Stephen Maguire (SCO)6
110 Yuan Sijun (CHN)1
19ScotlandStephen Maguire6
83WalesJak Jones0
46 David Grace (ENG)4
83 Jak Jones (WAL)6

Section 6

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
43 Jack Lisowski (ENG)6
86 Wang Yuchen (CHN)4
43EnglandJack Lisowski3
22EnglandJoe Perry6
22 Joe Perry (ENG)6
107 Billy Joe Castle (ENG)1
22EnglandJoe Perry6
54NorwayKurt Maflin3
54 Kurt Maflin (NOR)6
75 Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)1
54NorwayKurt Maflin6
118EnglandJimmy White2
11 Ali Carter (ENG)2
118 Jimmy White (ENG)6
22EnglandJoe Perry6
6Northern IrelandMark Allen4
38 Mark Davis (ENG)5
91 Xu Si (CHN)6
91ChinaXu Si2
102EnglandPeter Lines6
27 Zhou Yuelong (CHN)5
102 Peter Lines (ENG)6
102EnglandPeter Lines4
6Northern IrelandMark Allen6
59 Oliver Lines (ENG)6
70 Mei Xiwen (CHN)3
59EnglandOliver Lines4
6Northern IrelandMark Allen6
6 Mark Allen (NIR)6
123 Lukas Kleckers (GER)2

Section 7

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
7 Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG)6
 Jackson Page (WAL)3
7EnglandRonnie O'Sullivan6
71CyprusMichael Georgiou1
58 Alfie Burden (ENG)5
71 Michael Georgiou (CYP)6
7EnglandRonnie O'Sullivan6
26WalesMichael White1
26 Michael White (WAL)6
103 Ross Muir (SCO)5
26WalesMichael White6
39EnglandMatthew Selt1
39 Matthew Selt (ENG)6
90 Ian Burns (ENG)2
7EnglandRonnie O'Sullivan6
87ThailandSunny Akani5
10 Barry Hawkins (ENG)6
119 Kurt Dunham (AUS)1
10EnglandBarry Hawkins6
74EnglandHammad Miah2
55 Matthew Stevens (WAL)3
74 Hammad Miah (ENG)6
10EnglandBarry Hawkins0
87ThailandSunny Akani6
23 Michael Holt (ENG)6
106 Niu Zhuang (CHN)5
23EnglandMichael Holt4
87ThailandSunny Akani6
42 Fergal O'Brien (IRL)5
87 Sunny Akani (THA)6

Section 8

Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
47 Robbie Williams (ENG)6
82 Martin O'Donnell (ENG)3
47EnglandRobbie Williams2
18EnglandMartin Gould6
18 Martin Gould (ENG)6
111 Joe Swail (NIR)3
18EnglandMartin Gould6
50IranHossein Vafaei4
50 Hossein Vafaei (IRN)6
79 James Wattana (THA)4
50IranHossein Vafaei6
15ScotlandAnthony McGill5
15 Anthony McGill (SCO)6
114 Ashley Hugill (ENG)2
18EnglandMartin Gould6
34ChinaXiao Guodong4
34 Xiao Guodong (CHN)6
95 Chen Zifan (CHN)0
34ChinaXiao Guodong6
31EnglandTom Ford1
31 Tom Ford (ENG)6
98 Eden Sharav (SCO)1
34ChinaXiao Guodong6
63ThailandNoppon Saengkham3
63 Noppon Saengkham (THA)6
66 Zhang Anda (CHN)2
63ThailandNoppon Saengkham6
127Republic of IrelandLeo Fernandez0
2 Ding Junhui (CHN)5
127 Leo Fernandez (IRL)6

Finals

Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
         
17WalesRyan Day6
41EnglandMark Joyce5
17WalesRyan Day3
5EnglandShaun Murphy6
5EnglandShaun Murphy6
20EnglandMark King1
5EnglandShaun Murphy5
7EnglandRonnie O'Sullivan10
19ScotlandStephen Maguire6
22EnglandJoe Perry3
19ScotlandStephen Maguire4
7EnglandRonnie O'Sullivan6
7EnglandRonnie O'Sullivan6
18EnglandMartin Gould3

Final

Century breaks

A total of 99 breaks were made at the event, the highest of which – a 142 – was made by Michael White in the second round.

Sponsorship and broadcasting

The event was sponsored by betting company Betway, sponsors of the UK Championship since 2015. The tournament's broadcasters were dependent on country, with the BBC and Eurosport televising across the United Kingdom and Europe respectively. The event was broadcast in China by Superstars Online, and China Central Television. In Hong Kong, NowTV simulcasted the event with additional commentary.

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