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British Open 1999

Plymouth Pavillions, Plymouth, England (Tel: +44 (0) 1752 229922)
Apr 4-11 (BSkyB Apr 5-11)
WPBSA ranking tournament (#8 of 9)
�370,000 purse


(Players are English unless stated)


Fergal O'Brien (Ireland) 9-7 Anthony Hamilton

0-134 (110) 0-134 (134) 55-40 67-60 (51) 108-15 (59)
0-77 (61) 22-66 (64) 70-58 95-0 (95) 65-41 (51)
0-80 (80) 4-86 (82) 0-143 (121) 77-42 130-0 (129) 73-60


Fergal O'Brien (Ireland) 6-5 John Higgins (Scotland)

51-8 27-71 38-70 121-1 (112) 0-116 (116) 77-8
71-61 (57 H) 82-31 (74) 0-97 (59) 62-71 (62 O) 74-32 (68)
Anthony Hamilton 6-1 Jimmy Michie

49-67 59-56 87-70 (87) 59-23 81-43 (55) 94-16 (70) 93-4 (74)


John Higgins (Scotland) 5-0 Brian Morgan

107-13 (52) 90-0 67-8 108-9 (101) 68-7
Fergal O'Brien (Ireland) 5-4 Peter Ebdon

Jimmy Michie 5-4 John Parrott

Anthony Hamilton 5-3 Stephen Hendry (Scotland)

1-115 (59) 48-47 0-98 (93) 85-40 76-0 (63) 76-3 0-96 (96) 74-0 (74)

Third round

John Higgins (Scotland)          5-1 Michael Holt
Brian Morgan                     5-4 Nick Walker
Peter Ebdon                      5-3 Chris Small (Scotland)
Fergal O'Brien (Ireland)         5-2 Gary Wilkinson
Jimmy Michie                     5-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan
John Parrott                     5-4 Steve Davis
Anthony Hamilton                 5-4 Mark J Williams (Wales)
Stephen Hendry (Scotland)        5-4 Mark King

Second round

John Higgins (Scotland)          5-1 Terry Murphy (N.Ireland)
Michael Holt                     5-2 Dave Finbow
Nick Walker                      5-2 Anthony Davies (Wales)
Brian Morgan                     5-3 Alan McManus (Scotland)
Peter Ebdon                      5-4 Mark Gray
Chris Small (Scotland)           5-3 Drew Henry (Scotland)
Fergal O'Brien (Ireland)         5-4 Bradley Jones
Gary Wilkinson                   5-4 Ken Doherty (Ireland)
Ronnie O'Sullivan                5-0 Paul Davies (Wales)
Jimmy Michie                     5-2 Marcus Campbell (Scotland)
Steve Davis                      5-3 Michael Judge (Ireland)
John Parrott                     5-4 Jimmy White
Mark J Williams (Wales)          5-2 Craig Harrison
Anthony Hamilton                 5-4 Paul Hunter
Mark King                        5-3 Darren Morgan (Wales)
Stephen Hendry (Scotland)        5-2 Graeme Dott (Scotland)

First round

John Higgins (Scotland)          5-0 John Read
Terry Murphy (N.Ireland)         5-1 Mario Geudens (Belgium)
Michael Holt                     5-4 James Wattana (Thailand)
Dave Finbow                      5-2 Andy Hicks
Anthony Davies (Wales)           5-2 Alain Robidoux (Canada)
Nick Walker                      5-4 Dave Harold
Alan McManus (Scotland)          5-3 Alfie Burden
Brian Morgan                     5-2 Philip Williams (Wales)
Peter Ebdon                      5-3 Quinten Hann (Australia)
Mark Gray                        5-3 Jamie Burnett (Scotland)
Drew Henry (Scotland)            w/o Stephen Lee
Chris Small (Scotland)           5-4 Joe Johnson
Bradley Jones                    5-3 Nigel Bond
Fergal O'Brien (Ireland)         5-4 Antony Bolsover
Ken Doherty (Ireland)            5-1 Wayne Brown
Gary Wilkinson                   5-4 Ian Brumby
Ronnie O'Sullivan                5-2 Tony Jones
Paul Davies (Wales)              5-1 Matthew Stevens (Wales)
Jimmy Michie                     5-3 Tony Drago (Malta)
Marcus Campbell (Scotland)       5-2 Martin Clark
Steve Davis                      5-2 Darren Clarke
Michael Judge (Ireland)          5-4 Dominic Dale (Wales)
John Parrott                     5-4 Lee Walker (Wales)
Jimmy White                      5-4 Joe Swail (N.Ireland)
Mark J Williams (Wales)          5-2 Joe Perry
Craig Harrison                   5-3 Billy Snaddon (Scotland)
Anthony Hamilton                 5-4 Marco Fu (Hong Kong)
Paul Hunter                      5-3 Ian Sargeant (Wales)
Mark King                        5-2 Barry Mapstone
Darren Morgan (Wales)            5-3 Dean Reynolds
Stephen Hendry (Scotland)        5-0 Jonathan Birch
Graeme Dott (Scotland)           5-4 David Roe

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Reports from Janie Watkins ([email protected]) as posted on

12 April - Fergal's first

Irishman Fergal O'Brien won his first ever major title by beating another first-time finalist, Anthony Hamilton from England, 9-7 in the final. Hamilton had three century breaks but still couldn't stop the Irishman who "only" had one ton. O'Brien, ranked No 20 in the world rankings, picks up the first prize of �60,000 and Hamilton (ranked 11th) gets �32,000.

After this maiden victory O'Brien moves to No 10 in the provisional rankings and is almost certain to be in the top 16 of next season's world rankings. Hamilton jumps three places to 9th.

12 April - Ladies

Lynette Horsburgh won the Ladies title with a 4-3 win over Tessa Anderson.

Karen Corr played all weekend using a pool cue with a 12mm tip and has told the girls that she is packing in the ladies after the world and returning to USA full time.

Emma Bonney had a 60+ break in the last 32 against Jan Hughes and Karen had an 80+ against Maria Catalano. That was also the highest break of the tournament.

The highest break in the final was 38 and Lynette won on the blue of the final frame

8 April

Nick Walker's brave campaign came to an end tonight after a desparately close match against Brian Morgan. Morgan sneaked through in a final frame decider by 54 points to 48. Walker had opened a 2-1 lead with a break of 124. Morgan took the next two with runs of 67 and 52. From 4-3 down Walker levelled with 52 before the dramatic decider.

While Parrott and Davis droned on in front of the cameras, the other outside tables saw runs of 58, 104, 74 and 56 from Ebdon as he went through, and Jimmy Michie was firing on all cylinders against Ronnie O'Sullivan. In a quick fire match Michie beat Ronnie 5-3, despite runs of 52, 69 and 109 for O'Sullivan.

6 April - Absolutely Dotty!

A magic day at Plymouth as Graeme Dott, of Scotland knocks in a maximum 147 break. Dott's effort earns him the �5000 high break prize and a car valued at �22,000. Better than that, the break came when Dott was 3-4 down in his match against Derby's David Roe and enabled him to level the match. Undeterred by all the excitement Dott went on to win 5-4.

6 April - 51 saves Jimmy

A break of 51 in the deciding frame saved Jimmy White from defeat against Joe Swail. White's win will greatly enhance his chances of staying in the Top 16. Jimmy opened the match in style with a break of 101 and added further breaks of 85 and 60, but he was countered by a determined Swail who compiled runs of 62, 63, 55 and 50 to give him a 4-3 lead, before Jimmy pulled it out of the bag with 60 and the matchwinning 51 break.

Stephen Hendry, looking much more like his old self, after victory in The Irish B&H, strolled through his match against Jonathan Birch 5-0, with breaks of 136 and 109 and 61 to emphasise his return to form.

4 April - Williams wastes no time

The seeds all safely negotiated this afternoon's matches - apart from Stephen Lee, who has had to scratch from the tournament - handing Scotland's Drew Henry a walkover.

Mark J Williams whistled through his match against Joe Perry in double quick time. Williams rattled in a run of 111 in frame 5 and rounded off a routine 5-2 win with 61 in the last.

King and Mapstone in another high speed match. Mark King recovered from an early 2-1 deficit, which included a break of 113 for his West Country opponent Barry Mapstone. From 2-2 King fired in breaks of 69 and 53 to put the match beyond Mapstone's reach.

Essex's Brian Morgan came safely through an awkward encounter with venue debutant Phil Williams of Llanelli. Having been pegged to 2-2 at the interval, Morgan's experienced told as he added breaks of 51 and 72 to win 5-2.

There are some tantalising matches still to be played in Round One - as Peter Ebdon takes on Quientan Hann in a match where anything could happen! 1976 World Champion Joe Johnson returns to a venue to take on Chris Small, Tony Jones makes a rare appearance, facing Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is well overdue to produce his best form. Another quick fire match looks on the cards as Yorkshire's Jimmy Michie lines up against The Maltese Falcon - Tony Drago. Lee Walker will be looking for his second win of the season over John Parrott and Jimmy White faces a hard match against Joe Swail. Hong Kong's hot property Marco Fu lines up against "Robin Hood" - Anthony Hamilton

Dave Harold 117
Barry Mapstone 113
Mark Williams 111

The pre televised high break is held by Jason Prince of Northern Ireland who had a maximum 147 during the qualifying stages.

The British Open is being televised by Sky Sport - coverage starts Monday

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Qualifying Rounds

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, England (Tel: +44 (0) 1253 352341)
Jan 7-13, 1999
Results and reports provided by Janie Watkins ([email protected])
Also posted on

Players are English unless stated

Round 5

(Wednesday 13th January)

John Read                        5-2 Dene O'Kane (New Zealand)
Mario Geudens (Belgium)          5-2 Nick Pearce
Michael Holt                     5-2 Dennis Taylor (N.Ireland)
Dave Finbow                      5-1 Shokat Ali (Pakistan)
Anthony Davies (Wales)           5-2 David Gray
Nick Walker                      5-1 Gerard Greene (N.Ireland)
Alfie Burden                     5-3 Tony Chappel (Wales)
Philip Williams (Wales)          5-4 Ian McCulloch
Quinten Hann (Australia)         5-2 Nick Terry
Mark Gray                        5-4 Paul Wykes
Drew Henry (Scotland)            5-4 Jason Wallace
Joe Johnson                      5-4 Phaitoon Phonbun (Thailand)
Bradley Jones                    5-3 Steve Judd
Antony Bolsover                  5-3 Mark Davis
Wayne Brown                      5-0 Jason Ferguson
Ian Brumby                       5-4 Jason Prince (N.Ireland)
Tony Jones                       5-3 Kristjan Helgason (Iceland)
Paul Davies (Wales)              5-4 Patrick Delsemme (Belgium)
Jimmy Michie                     5-3 Willie Thorne
Marcus Campbell (Scotland)       5-2 Peter Lines
Darren Clarke                    5-4 Euan Henderson (Scotland)
Michael Judge (Ireland)          5-1 Stuart Pettman
Lee Walker (Wales)               5-1 Sam Chong (Malaysia)
Joe Swail (N.Ireland)            5-4 Leo Fernandez (Ireland)
Joe Perry                        5-3 Rod Lawler
Craig Harrison                   5-0 Neal Foulds
Marco Fu (Hong Kong)             5-3 Karl Broughton
Ian Sargeant (Wales)             5-4 Steve James
Barry Mapstone                   5-3 Mick Price
Dean Reynolds                    5-4 David McLellan (Scotland)
Jonathan Birch                   5-3 Simon Bedford
David Roe                        5-4 Chris Scanlon

The final qualifying round of the British Open - that takes the winners full circle back to Plymouth, where they started out last summer, produced probably the most dramatic day's play of the season so far:

Maximum and out

Northern Ireland's Jason Prince produced the Dream break of 147 in his match againt Ian Brumby, but to little avail, as the important break proved to be 58, from Brumby in the decider.

New boys in, old boys out, old boys in and new boys out

This topsy turvy day's play saw 20 seeds fail to take their appointed places in the next round. Old boys who fell by the wayside included New Zealand Dene O'Kane, who seems to be struggling recently to negotiate the tricky qualifying rounds. Dennis Taylor bade farewell to the British Open, leaving him just the World championship to make one final mark on Snooker history. Recipients of their venue tickets were John Read, and Michael Holt. Early season front runner Shokat Ali and recent Asian Games Gold Medallist failed to qualify for the second day running, as Worcester's Dave Finbow earned another chance to make inroads into the ranking list.

Venue debutant in April will be Llanelli's Philip Williams. Williams has battled since 1992 to make the breakthrough and today's battle was one of the longest. In a match that lasted 4 hours 57 minutes Williams overcame Preston's Ian McCulloch 5-4, having cleared the colours to the pink in the decider to "collapse" over the line! Williams has held an early 3-0 lead before McCulloch surged back to take a 4-3 lead, Williams won a scrappy 8th to level, before the dramatic 54 minute decider. McCulloch forced 4 consecutives fouls out of Williams on the last red, but Williams held his nerve to take his chance on the colours. He will now face an equally stubborn opponent - Brian Morgan at the venue.

The qualifying rounds merit little attention in the media, but back in the players' home clubs, the tension rises as time passes. Terry Griffiths Matchroom is Williams' home club and hanging on the phones were his fellow pros Terry Griffiths, Mark J Williams, Matthew Stevens and Mark Fenton, as well as his fellow members and team mates who congregated in the club to await the news. One ironic footnote to the drama was that because the match time ran so late, Phil was unable to get home in time to take his place in his team's league match and a substitute had to be summoned at the last moment!

Marco Fu included breaks of 80 and 118 as he saw off Karl Broughton 5-3 to take his place against Anthony Hamilton.

Davon's Darren Clarke completed a happy double qualifier in the Scottish and The British Open as today he beat the obstinate Scot Euan Henderson, with a vital 77 in the decider.

Ireland's Michael Judge crowned his victory with 100 as he breezed past Stuart Pettman 5-1.

Derby's David Roe and Chris Scanlon produced another thrilling match that ended 74-55 in Roe's favour in the final frame. Roe reproduced his vintage form as he stroked in 134 in response to an earlier run of 110 from Scanlon.

Jonathan Birch safely qualified again, but having drawn Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Scottish, he can take little comfort from now drawing Stephen Hendry in the British - some giant killing there to be done.

High breaks in the British Open - rounds one to five
Jason Prince147
Stuart Bingham136
David Roe134
Kristjan Helgason130
Sam Chong128
Robin Hull125
Steve Newbury123
Joe Johnson120
Jason Weston120
Jason Weston119
Alfie Burden118
Marco Fu118
Mike Dunn112
Robin Hull111
Philip Williams111
Tony Knowles110
Chris Scanlon110
Jason Weston109
Patrick Delsemme108
Allister Carter107
Alex Borg105
Sean Storey105
Adrian Gunnell104
Björn Haneveer104
Michael Judge100

Round 4

(Tuesday 12th January)

Mario Geudens (Belgium)          5-0 John Whitty
Phaitoon Phonbun (Thailand)      5-0 Colm Gilcreest (Ireland)
Kristjan Helgason (Iceland)      5-2 Tom Finstad (Canada)
Patrick Delsemme (Belgium)       5-2 Richard Somauroo (Mauritius)
Sam Chong (Malaysia)             5-0 Shawn Budd (Australia)
Marco Fu (Hong Kong)             5-1 Adrian Gunnell

Six overseas players get through but three lose!

The six matches in the "Overseas" play off round produced some interesting results, with the three "british" low ranked seeds all losing to the pre-qualifed overseas players, whilst the three lowly ranked "overseas" qualifiers all beat their pre-qualified overseas opponents.

Marco Fu shook off yesterday's disappointment to make short work of Adrian Gunnell. Rapidly becoming noted for his breakbuilding, Fu again rapped in breaks of 80, 53 and 60 to win 5-1 and take his place in Rund Five tomorrow against Huberside's Karl Broughton.

Mario Geudens notche runs of 56 and 69 in an emphatic 5-0 win over Liverpool's John Whitty. Geudens will nowplay Nick Pearce of Gloucester.

Phaitoon Phonbun also stormed to a 5-0 win, at the hands of Irishman Colm Gilcreest. Breaks of 68 twice in the fourth and fifth frames secured his victory. Phonbun has set up an interesting encounter against 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson.

Iceland's leading player Kristjan Helgason continued his run from round one, beating Canada's Tom Finstad 5-2 in a high speed match that took just 70 minutes as he wrapped it up with 80 in the last. Helgason progresses to play Tony Jones.

Patrick Delsemme notched a Belgian win over Richard Somauroo, who managed just two frames today. Delsemme will now meet Welshman Paul Davies.

Malaysia's Sam Chong posted a break of 91 in a 5-0 demolition of Austraia's Shawn Budd. Chong will meet another Welshman Lee Walker of Newbridge.

Dennis Taylor will play Michael Holt in his penultimate tournament before retirement.

Unpredictable Australian Quinten Hann takes on Nick Terry. Willie Thorne who won through the Scottish yesterday, will face Jimmy Michie of Leeds.

Cannock's Steve James will face Welshman Ian Sargeant while Grimsby's Dean Reynolds will be hoping to recover from yesterday's whitewash as he faces David McLellan and another former Top 16 player David Roe will play Chris Scanlon.

Round 3

(Saturday 9th January)

John Read                        5-2 Jason Weston
John Whitty                      5-4 Stephen O'Connor (Ireland)
Michael Holt                     5-2 Stefan Mazrocis
Dave Finbow                      5-0 Tai Pichit (Thailand)
Anthony Davies (Wales)           5-2 Stuart Bingham
Nick Walker                      5-2 Leigh Robinson
Alfie Burden                     5-2 John Giles
Philip Williams (Wales)          5-2 Troy Shaw
Nick Terry                       5-2 Sean Storey
Mark Gray                        5-2 Björn Haneveer (Belgium)
Jason Wallace                    5-4 Gary Ponting
Colm Gilcreest (Ireland)         5-4 Peter McCullagh
Steve Judd                       5-4 Steve Newbury (Wales)
Antony Bolsover                  5-3 Karl Payne
Wayne Brown                      5-4 Mark Fenton (Wales)
Ian Brumby                       5-1 Chris Shade (Scotland)
Kristjan Helgason (Iceland)      5-3 Matthew Couch (Scotland)
Patrick Delsemme (Belgium)       5-4 Craig MacGillivray (Scotland)
Jimmy Michie                     5-3 Patrick Wallace (N.Ireland)
Marcus Campbell (Scotland)       5-4 Alan Burnett (Scotland)
Darren Clarke                    5-0 Joe Grech (Malta)
Stuart Pettman                   5-0 Shaun Murphy
Sam Chong (Malaysia)             5-1 Lee Richardson
Leo Fernandez (Ireland)          5-4 Leigh Griffin
Joe Perry                        5-1 Tony Knowles
Craig Harrison                   5-4 Mark Bennett (Wales)
Adrian Gunnell                   5-2 Karl Burrows
Ian Sargeant (Wales)             5-2 Graham Horne (Scotland)
Barry Mapstone                   5-1 John Lardner (Scotland)
David McLellan (Scotland)        5-4 Wayne Jones (Wales)
Simon Bedford                    5-4 Martin Dziewialtowski (Scotland)
Chris Scanlon                    5-1 Guo Hua (China)

Tony Knowles crashes out of the second event of the season as Wisbech's Joe Perry inflicts a 5-1 hammering.

17 seeds fail to negotiate their first matches so far today... and two scrape through, inflicting final frame defeats on Welshmen Steve Newbury and Mark Fenton. Meanwhile there was bitter disappointment for Alan Burnett in the all-Scottish battle against Marcus Campbell. In a close match that went right to the wire, Burnett compiled a break of 62 in the decider, but it wasn't enough as Campbell clinched a black ball victory 67-62. 75 from Leo Fernandez in his deciding frame was enough to see him over the line against Leigh Griffin.

Scunthorpe's Matthew Couch fell to his second surprising defeat of the New Year, this time at the hands of The Ice Man Kristjan Helgason 5-3. Patrick Delsemme put paid to yet another seed as he edged out Craig MacGillivray in yet another nailbiting decider.

Round 2

(Friday 8th January)

Jason Weston                     5-4 Robin Hull (Finland)
John Whitty                      5-2 Paul Sweeny
Michael Holt                     5-3 Barry Pinches
Tai Pichit (Thailand)            5-3 Adrian Rosa
Stuart Bingham                   5-2 Micky Roughan
Leigh Robinson                   5-4 Darryn Walker
John Giles                       5-1 Eddie Manning
Philip Williams (Wales)          5-1 Mario Wehrmann (Netherlands)
Nick Terry                       5-1 Steve Mifsud (Australia)
Björn Haneveer (Belgium)         5-4 Hugh Abernethy (Scotland)
Jason Wallace                    5-3 Mike Dunn
Colm Gilcreest (Ireland)         5-2 Robert Milkins
Steve Newbury (Wales)            5-4 Darren Limburg
Antony Bolsover                  5-4 Sean Lanigan
Mark Fenton (Wales)              5-2 Jeff Cundy
Chris Shade (Scotland)           5-0 Mike Hallett
Kristjan Helgason (Iceland)      5-1 Stephen Murphy (Ireland)
Patrick Delsemme (Belgium)       5-3 James Reynolds (Wales)
Patrick Wallace (N.Ireland)      5-0 Brian Rowswell
Alan Burnett (Scotland)          5-3 Matthew Bray
Joe Grech (Malta)                5-0 Dylan Leary (N.Ireland)
Shaun Murphy                     5-1 Paul McPhillips (Scotland)
Sam Chong (Malaysia)             5-0 Nigel Gilbert
Leo Fernandez (Ireland)          5-4 Mehmet Husnu (Cyprus)
Tony Knowles                     5-1 Geoff Dunn (Scotland)
Craig Harrison                   5-3 Eddie Barker
Adrian Gunnell                   5-3 Paul S Davison
Ian Sargeant (Wales)             5-2 Oliver King
Barry Mapstone                   5-2 Gary Lees
David McLellan (Scotland)        5-4 Allister Carter
Simon Bedford                    5-3 Stuart Reardon
Guo Hua (China)                  5-4 Munraj Pal

Robin Hull lost his 100% Blackpool record today as he was denied in a final frame shoot out against Jason Weston. Hull opened in superb style with successive breaks of 85, 50 and 85 to open a 3-0 lead, but Weston chipped away and then knocked in a spectacular run of 119 to haul himself level. A further run of 59 brought him level at 4-4 and he won a tense decider 59-45.

Kent's Paul Sweeny continued a miserable start to his New Year losing his first match for the second time, this time at the hands of Liverpool's young star John Whitty. Whitty sealed the match 5-3 with 75 in the eighth and final frame.

Tai Pichit continued his good form, flying the flag for Thailand, as he compiled runs of 54 and 98 in a 5-3 win over Adrian Rosa.

Llanelli's Philip Williams found his form, storming to a 3-0 lead over Mario Wehrmann and crowning his victory with a run of 111.

Bjorn Haneveer notched up a good win over one of the season's high flyers Hugh Abernethy. Haneveer scored heavily throughout including breaks of 59, in the first and in the last three frames runs of 78, 104 and 65 to win the match 5-4 from 4-2 down.

Colm Gilcreest continued his unbeaten New Year run with a 5-2 win over the fancied Robert Milkins.

Steve Newbury clinched a final frame black ball victory over Darren Limburg. A third win for Wales came from Swansea's Mark Fenton in beating Jeff Cundy 5-2.

Mike Hallett crashed out of the event, beaten 5-0 by Chris Shade. Shade contributed runs of 90 and 64.

Round 1

(Thursday 7th January)

Robin Hull (Finland)             5-2 Johl Younger (Australia)
John Whitty                      w/o Saleh Muhammad (Pakistan)
Barry Pinches                    5-2 Neil Robertson (New Zealand)
Tai Pichit (Thailand)            5-2 Mark Johnston-Allen
Stuart Bingham                   5-0 Mario Cutajar (Malta)
Leigh Robinson                   5-2 Darren Hackeson
John Giles                       5-1 Wael Talaat (Egypt)
Mario Wehrmann (Netherlands)     5-3 David McDonnell
Steve Mifsud (Australia)         5-2 Wayne Saidler
Björn Haneveer (Belgium)         w/o Li Jian-Bing (China)
Mike Dunn                        5-1 Ben Reicker (Canada)
Colm Gilcreest (Ireland)         5-2 Les Dodd
Darren Limburg                   w/o Kirk Stevens (Canada)
Sean Lanigan                     5-1 Bob Chaperon (Canada)
Jeff Cundy                       w/o Chatchawan Rutphae (Thailand)
Mike Hallett                     5-0 Hitesh Naran (South Africa)
Kristjan Helgason (Iceland)      5-1 Paul Cavney
Patrick Delsemme (Belgium)       5-4 Matt Wilson
Brian Rowswell                   w/o Alastair Fleming (Scotland)
Matthew Bray                     5-2 Simon Parker
Dylan Leary (N.Ireland)          w/o Anan Terananon (Thailand)
Shaun Murphy                     5-2 David Coles
Sam Chong (Malaysia)             5-2 Alex Borg (Malta)
Mehmet Husnu (Cyprus)            5-3 Dermot McGlinchey (N.Ireland)
Geoff Dunn (Scotland)            w/o Farhan Mirza (Pakistan)
Eddie Barker                     5-0 Mark Miller
Adrian Gunnell                   5-3 Keith E (Singapore)
Ian Sargeant (Wales)             5-0 Gary Natale (Canada)
Gary Lees                        w/o Hasimu Tuerxun (China)
Allister Carter                  5-0 Surinder Gill
Stuart Reardon                   5-0 Mike Henson (Germany)
Guo Hua (China)                  5-1 Joe Delaney (Ireland)

The opening round of The 199 British Open was played today in Blackpool. The non-arrival of Kirk Stevens was confirmed as he is still prevented from travelling by the heavy snow storms in Canada.

Three other overseas players failed to appear for the second time, an action which must cast some doubt on the qualifying criteria for some of the overseas players - did they find the going a bit too tough in Plymouth and decide to stay home or do they just not like the British winter?

Robin Hull of Finland continued his unbeaten run as he knocked out Johl Younger of Australia 5-2. Hull knocked in the day's first century - 125, followed this with 111 and added 72 as he stormed to a 4-1 lead.

Tai Pichit recorded a good win over Bristol's Mark Johnston-Allen, who has lost both his opening matches. Breaks of 60 and 80 helped Pichit over the line, the only consolation for Mark was a run of 98.

Mario Wehrmann produced another shock as he recorded a 5-3 win over David McDonnell and Steve Mifsud added another overseas win, with a 5-2 win over Wayne Saidler.

Sean Lanigan ended the hopes of Bob Chaperon, runs of 60 and 72 taking him to a 5-1 win.

Mike Hallett grasped the opportunity for some match practice against his inexperienced opponent. No fireworks from Hallett as he gratefully put a match on the board, but he wrapped up his 5-0 win in 58 minutes.

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Prize Money

Winner 1 * 60,000   60,000
Runner Up 1 * 32,000   32,000
Losing Semi-finalist 2 * 16,000   32,000
Losing Quarter-finalist 4 * 9,100   36,400
Last 16 8 * 4,600   36,800
Last 32 16 * 2,600   41,600
Last 64 32 * 2,225   71,200
Last 96 32 * 1,250   40,000
Overseas Play-off Round 6 * 1,250 7,500
� Not payable to overseas qualifiers who lose their first match
Last 134 32 * 200   6,400
High TV Break 1 * 5,000   5,000
High Pre TV Break 1 * 1,100   1,100

Total 370,000

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Here is an overview of the ranking points system used in the 1999 British Open.

The points are awarded to the losing players in each round.

Round Points
Last 198 200
Last 166 270
(seeds 97-128) 200
Last 134 360
(seeds 65-96) 270
Last 102 480
(overseas seeds) 360
Last 96 480
(seeds 33-64) 360
Last 64 640
(seeds 1-32) 480
Last 32 855
Last 16 1,140
Q-F 1,520
S-F 2,025
R-up 3,040
Winner 4,560

See the Points System page in the Rankings section for more on ranking points.

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