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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 18 Apr - 4 May 1987; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Joe Johnson (a); Notes: See also results (31)
Final
England Steve Davis (a) 18-14 England Joe Johnson (a) Head to head

128-0 (127), 53-61, 69-74 (SD 55), 2-71 (50), 77-1 (69), 83-12, 57-66, 69-8 (60), 82-35 (66), 79-5, 15-118 (101), 77-25, 91-0 (84), 44-76 (73), 88-7 (51), 6-70, 34-68, 69-0 (69), 80-0, 81-24, 68-24, 52-66 (SD 52), 77-0, 22-75 (62), 53-70 (JJ 52), 44-76 (62), 59-73, 104-0 (64), 113-6 (73), 91-33 (53), 34-77, 78-0 (78)

Referee: Len Ganley

Semifinals
England Joe Johnson (a) 16-9 England Neal Foulds (a)  
England Steve Davis (a) 16-11 England Jimmy White Head to head
White missed the 10th black in a maximum attempt in frame 16. Aided by a fluked black, and by a free ball following a foul by White, Davis eventually won the frame by 74-73.
Quarterfinals
England Joe Johnson (a) 13-12 Scotland Stephen Hendry Head to head
England Neal Foulds (a) 13-9 England Mike Hallett (a) Head to head
England Jimmy White 13-6 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a) Head to head
England Steve Davis (a) 13-5 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) Head to head
Round 2
(Last 16)
1 England Joe Johnson (a) 13-7 Scotland Murdo MacLeod (a)  
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 13-7 England Steve Longworth (a)  
re-spotted black in frame 16 won by Hendry for a 10-6 lead at the end of the 2nd session.
3 England Mike Hallett (a) 13-9 South Africa Silvino Francisco (a)  
Hallett reached his first World Championship quarter-final.
4 England Neal Foulds (a) 13-10 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) Head to head
5 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a) 13-5 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a)  
Mountjoy led 3´┐Ż0.
6 England Jimmy White 13-11 England John Parrott (a) Head to head
7 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 13-10 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) Head to head
8 England Steve Davis (a) 13-4 Wales Ray Reardon (a) Head to head
Reardon led 3´┐Ż1
Round 1
(Last 32)
1 England Joe Johnson (a) 10-9 Ireland Eugene Hughes (a)  
2 Scotland Murdo MacLeod (a) 10-5 England Rex Williams (a)  
MacLeod was the first Scottish player to secure a victory at the Crucible Theatre.
3 England Steve Longworth (a) 10-4 Canada Kirk Stevens (a)  
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 10-7 England Willie Thorne (a) Head to head
At age 18 years and 97 days, Hendry became the youngest-ever player to win a World Championship match at the Crucible.
5 England Mike Hallett (a) 10-6 England Tony Knowles (a) Head to head
Knowles led 6-5.
6 South Africa Silvino Francisco (a) 10-3 Australia John Campbell (a)  
7 England Neal Foulds (a) 10-4 England John Virgo (a)  
8 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 10-4 England Mark Bennett (a)  
9 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a) 10-5 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a)  
O'Kane, 39th in the rankings, won nine frames in a row against second-ranked player Cliff Thorburn. Thorburn's cue tip split during the sixth frame and was not replaced until after the end of the first session. He was unable to win a frame after the tip was broken.
10 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 10-5 England David Taylor (a)  
11 England John Parrott (a) 10-8 England Tony Meo (a) Head to head
12 England Jimmy White 10-8 England Dean Reynolds (a) Head to head
Reynolds won the first two frames of the second session both on respotted blacks.
13 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 10-6 England Jon Wright (a)  
14 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 10-4 Canada Jim Wych (a)  
15 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 10-5 England Barry West (a)  
West's 1st time at the Crucible
16 England Steve Davis (a) 10-7 Australia Warren King (a) Head to head
King came back from 7-1.