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European Open 1997

Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Malta (Feb 23 - Mar 2, 1997)
Ranking tournament (No.7 of 10)

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Scot youngster, John Higgins won his sixth ranking event and his first of the season, by beating three-time defending champion, John Parrott 9-5 in the final. The victory gave him £60,000.

Higgins got off to a brilliant start and established a 6-2 lead. He then showed signs of his inability to finish off matches, and Parrott got within two frames of the Scot, at 7-5. Then Higgins improved his play though, and sailed home to a fairly comfortable win. He has now cemented his No.2 spot behind Hendry in the provisional rankings. Parrott moved up two places, to third.

Chris Small had the highest break in the tournament, a 141 total clearance.

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(Players are English unless stated)


John Higgins (Scotland) 9-5 John Parrott      

74-9, 74-6, 109-1, 71-21, 62-4, 41-64, 48-56,
73-0, 1-101, 76-32, 12-71, 31-57, 71-32, 66-6


John Parrott            6-4 Ken Doherty (Ireland)     
John Higgins (Scotland) 6-0 James Wattana (Thailand) 


John Parrott              5-4 Alan McManus (Scotland)
Ken Doherty (Ireland)     5-3 Peter Ebdon
John Higgins (Scotland)   5-3 Stephen Lee
James Wattana (Thailand)  5-2 Stephen Hendry (Scotland)

Second round

Alan McManus (Scotland)   5-3 Darren Morgan (Wales)
John Parrott              5-2 Tony Drago (Malta)
Ken Doherty (Ireland)     5-3 Andy Hicks
Peter Ebdon               5-3 Alain Robidoux (Canada)
John Higgins (Scotland)   5-3 Jimmy White
Stephen Lee               5-1 Nigel Bond
Stephen Hendry (Scotland) 5-3 Jonathan Birch
James Wattana (Thailand)  5-3 Chris Small (Scotland)

First round

Alan McManus (Scotland)   5-2 Darren Clarke
Darren Morgan (Wales)     5-3 Anthony Hamilton
John Parrott              5-2 Drew Henry (Scotland)
Tony Drago (Malta)        5-0 Paul Davies (Wales)
Ken Doherty (Ireland)     5-3 Robert Milkins
Andy Hicks                5-3 Mark J Williams (Wales)
Peter Ebdon               5-2 Tony Chappel (Wales)
Alain Robidoux (Canada)   5-4 Martin Clark
John Higgins (Scotland)   5-3 Joe Swail (N.Ireland)
Jimmy White               5-1 Matthew Stevens
Stephen Lee               5-0 Steve Davis
Nigel Bond                5-3 Rod Lawler
Stephen Hendry (Scotland) 5-1 Jamie Burnett (Scotland)
Jonathan Birch            5-1 Dave Harold
Chris Small (Scotland)    5-1 Ronnie O'Sullivan
James Wattana (Thailand)  5-2 Euan Henderson (Scotland)

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