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Snooker - World Open

The World Open started out as the low-key Professional Players Tournament in 1982, played in Birmingham and then in Bristol in 1983, before attaining televised status in 1984, changing its name to the Grand Prix and being staged in Reading.
In 2006 and 2007 the event had a round-robin format for the opening round, before reverting to the familiar knockout schedule in 2008.
It became the World Open in 2010, with amateur and female players given the chance to qualify for the closing stages, but that format ended in 2012.

1982-83 Professional Players Tournament
1984-2009 Grand Prix

Venues: 1982: La Reserve, Birmingham, Eng; 1983: Redwood Lodge, Bristol; 1984-93 Hexagon Theatre, Reading, Eng; 1994: Assembly Rooms, Derby; 1995: Crowtree Centre, Sunderland, Eng; 1996-97: International Centre, Bournemouth, Eng; 1998-99 & 2001-05: Guild Hall, Preston, Eng;  2000: International Centre, Telford, Eng; 2006 & 07: AECC, Aberdeen, Sco; 2008 & 10: SECC, Glasgow, Sco: 2009: Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Sco: 2012: Haikou Stadium, Haikou, Chn; 2013 & 14: Hainan International Center, Haikou, Chn; 2016-18: Yushan No.1 Middle School. Yushan, China

YEAR
WINNER
RUNNER-UP
1982*
RAY REARDON (Wal)
J White (Eng)
1983*
TONY KNOWLES (Eng)
J Johnson (Eng)
1984
DENNIS TAYLOR (Nir)
C Thorburn (Can)
1985
STEVE DAVIS (Eng)
D Taylor (Nir)
1986
JIMMY WHITE (Eng)
R Williams (Eng)
1987
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
D Taylor (Nir)
1988
STEVE DAVIS (Eng)
A Higgins (Nir)
1989
STEVE DAVIS (Eng)
D Reynolds (Eng)
1990
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
N Bond (Eng)
1991
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
S Davis (Eng)
1992
JIMMY WHITE (Eng)
K Doherty (Irl)
1993
PETER EBDON (Eng)
K Doherty (Irl)
1994
JOHN HIGGINS (Sco)
D Harold (Eng)
1995
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
J Higgins (Sco)
1996
MARK WILLIAMS (Wal)
E Henderson (Sco)
1997
DOMINIC DALE (Wal)
J Higgins (Sco)
1998
STEPHEN LEE (Eng)
M Fu (Hkg)
1999
JOHN HIGGINS (Sco)
M Williams (Wal)
2000
MARK WILLIAMS (Wal)
R O'Sullivan(Eng)
2001
STEPHEN LEE (Eng)
P Ebdon (Eng)
2002
CHRIS SMALL (Sco)
A McManus (Sco)
2003
MARK WILLIAMS (Wal)
J Higgins (Sco)
2004
R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng)
I McCulloch (Eng)
2005
JOHN HIGGINS (Sco)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
2006
NEIL ROBERTSON (Aus)
J Cope (Eng)
2007
MARCO FU (Hkg)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
2008
JOHN HIGGINS (Sco)
R Day (Wal)
2009
NEIL ROBERTSON (Aus)
Ding J (Chn)
2010
NEIL ROBERTSON (Aus)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
2011 Not held -
2012 MARK ALLEN (Nir)
S Lee (Eng)
2013 MARK ALLEN (Nir) M Stevens (Wal)
2014 SHAUN MURPHY (Eng)
M Selby (Eng)
2015 Not held -
2016 ALI CARTER (Eng) J Perry (Eng)
2017 DING JUNHUI (Chn) K Wilson (Eng)
2018 MARK WILLIAMS (Wal) D Gilbert (Eng)

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