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2005 Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 April – 2 May 2005
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,121,800
Winner's share£250,000
Highest break  Mark Williams (WAL) (147)
Final
Champion  Shaun Murphy (ENG)
Runner-up  Matthew Stevens (WAL)
Score18–16
2004
2006

The 2005 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2005 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional snooker tournament that took place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The tournament started on 16 April, and ended on 2 May 2005. The event was the eighth and final world ranking event of the 2004–05 snooker season, following the 2005 China Open. The event was organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Due to laws banning advertising cigarettes in Great Britain, this was the last time the event was sponsored by the cigarette company Embassy. The event had a prize fund of £1,121,800, with the winner receiving £250,000.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, having defeated Graeme Dott in the 2004 World Snooker Championship final. O'Sullivan lost in the quarter-finals 11–13 against Peter Ebdon. Qualifier Shaun Murphy won his first ranking title by defeating Matthew Stevens 18–16 in the final. This was the first time that a qualifier won the championship since Terry Griffiths did so in 1979. Murphy aged 22 years and 265 days is the second youngest winner of the event after Stephen Hendry in 1990. There was a total of 63 century breaks made during the tournament, the highest being a maximum made by Mark Williams in the first round.

2005 World Snooker Championship Intro articles: 11

Overview

The World Snooker Championship is an annual cue sport tournament and the official world championship of the game of snooker.[1] Founded in the late 19th century by British Army soldiers stationed in India,[2] the sport was popular in Great Britain.[3] In modern times it has been played worldwide, especially in East and Southeast Asian nations such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand.[4] The event was sponsored by the cigarette company Embassy. This was the last event to be sponsored by Embassy, after cigarette advertising was banned within the United Kingdom. The following season was sponsored by 888.com.[5]

In the 2005 tournament, 32 professional players competed in one-on-one snooker matches played over several frames, using a single elimination format.[6] The 32 players were selected for the event using the snooker world rankings and a pre-tournament qualification competition.[7][8] In 1927, the first world championship was won by Joe Davis. The event's final took place in Camkin's Hall, Birmingham, England.[9][10] Since 1977, the event has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[11] As of 2020, Stephen Hendry is the most successful player in the modern era,[a] having won the championship seven times.[14][15] Ronnie O'Sullivan won the 2004 championship by defeating Scotland's Graeme Dott in the final 18–8.[16] This was the second time O'Sullivan won the world championship, the first being in 2001.[17] The event was organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.[18][19] The event was broadcast in the United Kingdom on the BBC.[20]

Format

The 2005 World Snooker Championship took place from 16 April to 2 May 2005 in Sheffield, England.[21] The tournament was the last of eight ranking events in the 2004–05 snooker season on the World Snooker Tour.[8][22] It featured a 32-player main draw that was held at the Crucible Theatre, as well as a 70-player qualifying draw that was played at the Pontin's, Prestatyn Sands, from 6 February to 24 March.[23][24] This was the 29th consecutive year that the tournament had been staged at the Crucible.[25][7][8] The draw for the championships was held after qualifying on 28 March.[21]

The top 16 players in the latest world rankings automatically qualified for the main draw as seeded players.[7] Ronnie O'Sullivan was seeded first overall as the defending champion, and the remaining 15 seeds were allocated based on the latest world rankings.[7] The number of frames required to win a match increased throughout the tournament. The first round consisted of best-of-19-frames matches, with the final match being played over a maximum of 35 frames.[7][23] All 16 non-seeded spots in the main draw were filled with players from the qualifying rounds.[26][27] The draw for the qualifying competition consisted of 70 players from the World Snooker Tour.[26] Players were seeded by their world ranking, with 16 players added in rounds 2–5.[26] Players who won round five qualified for the main draw.[26][27]

Prize fund

There was a total prize fund of £1,121,800, with the winner receiving £250,000. In making a maximum break, Mark Williams earned a bonus of £147,000. The breakdown of prize money for the event is shown below:[28][29]

  • Winner: £250,000
  • Runner-up: £125,000
  • Semi-finalists: £51,000
  • Quarter-finalists: £26,000
  • Last 16: £15,850
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Last 48: £8,000
  • Last 64: £5,000
  • Televised stage highest break: £14,000
  • Televised stage maximum break: £147,000
  • Total: £1,121,800

2005 World Snooker Championship Overview articles: 13

Tournament summary

First round

Mark Williams made his first career maximum break in a 10–1 win over Robert Milkins

The first round was played 16–21 April as best-of-19-frames matches played over two sessions.[30] Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan played Stephen Maguire.[31] O'Sullivan lead the match after the first session, 5–4, but in the second session Maguire won five straight frames to go one frame from victory. Trailing 7–9, O'Sullivan won the next three frames with a break of 68 in the 19th frame to win 10–9.[31] Mark Williams made his first career maximum break of 147 in a ranking tournament during his 10–1 first round win over Robert Milkins.[5][32] Williams made the break in frame 11 to win the match.[6] It was the sixth maximum break in all at the world championships.[5]

Three players made their debut at the world championship through the qualifiers.The first debutant, Michael Holt, played eighth seed Paul Hunter.[33] Hunter had recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer; the match against Holt being his first since the diagnosis.[34] Hunter led the match at 5–4 after the first session but lost the first three frames of the second session.[33] Later, trailing at 6–9 behind, he made a break of 120 in frame 16 and also won the next to trail 8–9. Holt, however, won frame 18 to win the match.[33] The second debutant, Neil Robertson, lost to Stephen Hendry.[35] Hendry held a 7–2 lead after the first session, but Robertson won four frames in a row, including a break of 110. Hendry, however, won the match 10–7 but commented his "attitude wasn't great" going into the second session, as he had a five frame lead.[35] The final debutant, Mark Selby, lost to John Higgins.[36] Higgins edged the first session of the match 5–4, but won five of the next six frames to win 10–5, including breaks of 138 and 136.[36]

Sixteenth seed Marco Fu played Ali Carter in the first round, but was defeated 4–10.[37] Stephen Lee defeated Maltese player Tony Drago 10–5 by capitalising on a 6–3 lead after the first session.[38] Quentin Hann won only one frame in the opening session against Peter Ebdon. On the resumption of play, Ebdon won the second frame of the second session to win the match.[39] Hann turned up to the event with a hangover and using a friend's cue.[39] Chris Small had been struggling with the spinal condition ankylosing spondylitis all season. He played against qualifier Shaun Murphy.[40] Murphy took a 5–4 lead after the first session and won five of the next six to win the match 10–5.[40] After the match, Small commented that he "may not be back" due to the spinal condition.[40] Small retired from professional snooker shortly after the match.[41][42]

World number six Matthew Stevens held a three frame lead over Andy Hicks after the first session. He increased his lead to 8–3 with a break of 105.[43] Stevens won two additional frames to win the match 10–5.[43] Alan McManus was ahead of Drew Henry 5–4 after the first session, but a 128 by Henry levelled the scores at 5–5.[44] The pair were even for the remainder of the match, going to a deciding frame at 9–9.[44] McManus won frame 19 with a break of 63 to win the match 10–9.[44] The previous year's runner up Graeme Dott played world number 17 Ian McCulloch. McCulloch lead 6–3 after the first session before a 111 break put him four frames ahead.[45] McCulloch lead at 8–5, but Dott then won four frames to take the lead. McCulloch managed won the next two frames to win the match. He celebrated his victory wildly, even dancing a jig.[45] Also in the first round, six-time winner Steve Davis defeated Gerard Greene,[46] David Gray defeated by Anthony Hamilton,[47] Jimmy White defeated Fergal O'Brien,[48] and Ken Doherty defeated Barry Pinches.[49]

Second round

Ian McCulloch defeated Mark Williams 13–11

The second round was played 21–25 April as best-of-25-frames matches held over three sessions.[30][50] O'Sullivan led Carter 9–7 after the first two sessions, before winning all four frames of the final session to win 13–7.[50] Despite the win, he stated he was "frustrated with [his] own game".[50] Peter Ebdon trailed by four frames after the first session and lost two of the next three to trail 3–8.[51] However, Ebdon won 10 of the next 11 frames to win the match 13–9.[51] Shaun Murphy led 1998 champion John Higgins 9–7 after two sessions, then won the match 13–8 after a break of 108.[52] During the match, Higgins slammed his cue stick on the ground.[52]

Steve Davis trailed debutant Michael Holt 2–6 and 8–10, but won five frames in a row to win 13–10.[53] Seven-time winner Stephen Hendry took only two of the three available sessions to defeat world number 25 Anthony Hamilton 13–3.[54] Hendry led 6–2 after the first session, then won seven of the eight frames in the second.[54] Matthew Stevens held a 12–4 lead after two sessions against Jimmy White.[55] Stevens won frame 17 in a 30-minute session to win 13–4.[55] Alan McManus and Ken Doherty were tied 8-8 after two sessions.[56] Doherty won the next two frames in session three, before McManus leveled the score at 10–10.[56] Doherty lead again after winning frame 21, but McManus won the next two frames to lead 12–11.[56] In frame 24, Doherty missed a black ball, allowing McManus to win the match with a break of 81.[56] Two-time champion Mark Williams led Ian McCulloch 5–3 after the first session.[57] McCulloch won six frames in the next session, including two century breaks, to lead 9–7.[57] At the start of the final session, Williams won four straight frames, then McCulloch equalled the scores at 11–11. McCulloch won frame 23, then Williams made a break of 84 to tie the match at 12–12. McCulloch won the deciding frame.[57][58]

Quarter-finals

Peter Ebdon defeated the defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 13–11

The quarter-finals were played on 26 and 27 April as best-of-25-frames matches over three sessions.[30] Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan played Peter Ebdon in the first quarter-final.[59] O'Sullivan made two century breaks in the opening session to lead 6–2, then won the first two frames of the second session to lead 8–2. Ebdon won four of the next six frames to trail 6–10 going into the final session. Ebdon's slow, deliberate play in the final session made O'Sullivan lose concentration, leaving Ebdon to win 13–11.[60] At one point during the match, Ebdon took five and a half minutes to make a break of 12, significantly longer than O'Sullivan's maximum break in 1997.[61] During the match, Ebdon took over three minutes on one shot, with O'Sullivan asking an audience member what time it was.[62]

Steve Davis reached his first quarter-final since 1996. He played qualifier Shaun Murphy.[63][64] Murphy won seven of the first eight frames of the match, then led 12–4 after two sessions. He won the opening frame of the final session to win 13–4.[64] Stephen Hendry lost 11–13 to Matthew Stevens.[65] After two sessions, the match was tied at 9–9, then Hendry won the next two frames before Stevens won four in a row to progress to the semi-finals.[65]

Semi-finals

Matthew Stevens reached his second final after defeating Ian McCulloch 17–14

The semi-finals were played 28–30 April as best-of-33-frames matches over four sessions.[30] The first semi-final was played between Peter Ebdon and Shaun Murphy.[66] Ebdon made two century breaks in the first session to take a 6–2 lead in just 80 minutes,[67][68] but Murphy levelled the match at 12–12 after three sessions.[66] In the final session, Murphy won all five frames with breaks of 62, 47, 72, 60, and 123 to win the match 17–12.[69] By winning, Murphy was only the fourth qualifier to reach the final.[66]

Ian McCulloch and Matthew Stevens played the second semi-final.[70] Stevens trailed 2–6 after the first session, but he leveled the match at 8–8 after the second session. The match was still tied at the end of the third session.[70] In the final session, Stevens won frame 25 with a break of 50, but McCulloch won the next to tie the match at 13–13.[70] Stevens won the next three frames, making a maximum break attempt in frame 27.[70] McCulloch won the next frame, but Stevens won frame 31 to complete a 17–14 victory.[70]

Final

Shaun Murphy won the event, the first qualifier to win the event since 1979

The final between Shaun Murphy and Matthew Stevens was held 1–2 May 2005.[30] It was played as a best-of-35-frames match over four sessions.[71] Stevens had previously reached the final of the 2000 World Snooker Championship (losing 16–18 to Mark Williams)[72] and won the 2003 UK Championship.[73] Before this event, Murphy had not reached a ranking event final. His best was reaching the semi-finals at the 2004 British Open, before losing 6–0 to John Higgins.[74][75] Stevens led 10–6 after the second session and 12–11 at the end of the third session. However, Murphy defeated Stevens 18–16.[71]

Murphy had 150–1 odds to win at the start of the tournament and became the first qualifier to win the tournament since Terry Griffiths in 1979.[71] In winning the event he was the second youngest world champion after Stephen Hendry in 1990.[76][77] Murphy made three century breaks during the final to Stevens' one the highest of which was a 137.[71][78]

2005 World Snooker Championship Tournament summary articles: 33

Main draw

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks, while players in bold denote match winners.[6][23][79]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
16 April[31]            
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (1)  10
21, 22 & 23 April[50]
   Stephen Maguire (SCO)  9  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
19 April[37]
    Ali Carter  7  
   Marco Fu (HKG) (16)  4
26 & 27 April[59]
   Ali Carter (ENG)  10  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  11
20 & 21 April[38]
    Peter Ebdon (8)  13  
   Stephen Lee (ENG) (9)  10
24 & 25 April[51]
   Tony Drago (MLT)  5  
  Stephen Lee (9)  9
20 April[39]
    Peter Ebdon (8)  13  
   Peter Ebdon (ENG) (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April[66]
   Quinten Hann (AUS)  2  
  Peter Ebdon (8)  12
18 & 19 April[36]
    Shaun Murphy  17
   John Higgins (SCO) (5)  10
23, 24 & 25 April[52]
   Mark Selby (ENG)  5  
  John Higgins (5)  8
17 & 18 April[40]
    Shaun Murphy  13  
   Chris Small (SCO) (12)  5
26 & 27 April[64]
   Shaun Murphy (ENG)  10  
  Shaun Murphy  13
16 & 17 April[46]
    Steve Davis (13)  4  
   Steve Davis (ENG) (13)  10
22 & 23 April[53]
   Gerard Greene (NIR)  9  
  Steve Davis (13)  13
17 & 18 April[33]
    Michael Holt  10  
   Paul Hunter (ENG) (4)  8
   Michael Holt (ENG)  10  
19 & 20 April[35]            
   Stephen Hendry (SCO) (3)  10
21 & 22 April[54]
   Neil Robertson (AUS)  7  
  Stephen Hendry (3)  13
16 & 17 April[47]
    Anthony Hamilton  3  
   David Gray (ENG) (14)  8
26 & 27 April[65]
   Anthony Hamilton (ENG)  10  
  Stephen Hendry (3)  11
18 & 19 April[48]
    Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
   Jimmy White (ENG) (11)  10
23, 24 & 25 April[55]
   Fergal O'Brien (IRE)  5  
  Jimmy White (11)  5
16 & 17 April[43]
    Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (WAL) (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April[70]
   Andy Hicks (ENG)  5  
  Matthew Stevens (6)  17
18 April[44]
    Ian McCulloch  14
   Ken Doherty (IRE) (7)  10
22 & 23 April[56]
   Barry Pinches (ENG)  5  
  Ken Doherty (7)  11
16 & 17 April[49]
    Alan McManus (10)  13  
   Alan McManus (SCO) (10)  10
26 & 27 April[80]
   Drew Henry (SCO)  9  
  Alan McManus (10)  8
20 & 21 April[45]
    Ian McCulloch  13  
   Graeme Dott (SCO) (15)  9
24 & 25 April[57]
   Ian McCulloch (ENG)  10  
  Ian McCulloch  13
19 & 20 April[32]
    Mark Williams (2)  12  
   Mark Williams (WAL) (2)  10
   Robert Milkins (ENG)  1  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 2005.[30][71] Referee: Eirian Williams.[81]
Shaun Murphy
 England
18–16 Matthew Stevens (6)
 Wales
67–30, 0–98, 20–103, 68–55, 29–65, 22–61, 76–34, 46–56, 53–58, 38–70, 125–0, 79–6, 24–105, 5–86, 103–9, 58–68, 78–22, 84–11, 5–64, 80–60, 137–0, 64–57, 20–88, 131–1, 72–35, 0–95, 81–4, 68–37, 1–83, 85–35, 0–124, 1–71, 97–0, 83–28 Century breaks: 4
(Murphy 3, Stevens 1)

Highest break by Murphy: 137
Highest break by Stevens: 124

67–30, 0–98, 20–103, 68–55, 29–61, 22–65, 76–34, 46–56, 53–58, 38–70, 125–0, 79–6, 24–105, 5–86, 103–9, 58–68, 78–22, 84–11, 5–64, 80–60, 137–0, 64–57, 20–88, 131–1, 72–35, 0–95, 81–4, 68–37, 1–83, 85–35, 0–124, 1–71, 97–0, 83–28
Shaun Murphy wins the 2005 Embassy World Snooker Championship

2005 World Snooker Championship Main draw articles: 6

Qualifying

The qualifying tournament featured 70 participants and was played from 23 February to 24 March 2005.[82][83] The qualifiers consisted of five rounds, which were played at Pontin's, Prestatyn Sands, Wales.[26] The first four qualifying rounds were played from 23 February to 1 March 2005,[26] while the final round was played 23–24 March 2005.[84][85] Of the 70 participants, 16 players qualified for the main draw, with players seeded by their world rankings.[26] 1991 champion John Parrott failed to qualify for the first time in his career,[86] losing to Fergal O'Brien 8–10 in the final qualifying round.[84]

Round 1[87]

 Stuart Mann (ENG) 10–8  Liu Song (CHN)

 Justin Astley (ENG) 10–9  Steve James (ENG)

 Hugh Abernethy (SCO) 10–6  Matthew Selt (ENG)

 Ben Woollaston (ENG) 10–6  Mark Joyce (ENG)

 Lee Spick (ENG) 10–5  David Gilbert (ENG)

 Craig Steadman (ENG) 10–9  Kurt Maflin (NOR)

Rounds 2–5[26]

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 4
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 5
(Best of 19 frames)
Joe Delaney 10–8 David McDonnell Joe Delaney 10–2 Sean Storey Fergal O'Brien 10–3 Joe Delaney Fergal O'Brien 10–8 John Parrott
Adam Davies 10–5 Mike Hallett Rod Lawler 10–5 Adam Davies Nigel Bond 10–7 Rod Lawler Tony Drago 10–4 Nigel Bond
Stuart Mann w/ow/d Craig Butler Neil Robertson 10–6 Stuart Mann Neil Robertson 10–8 Nick Dyson Neil Robertson 10–9 Mark King
Alfie Burden 10–3 Jin Long Alfie Burden 10–3 Jimmy Michie Dave Harold 10–5 Alfie Burden Barry Pinches 10–6 Dave Harold
Paul Wykes 10–9 Stefan Mazrocis Paul Wykes 10–9 Gary Wilkinson Paul Wykes 10–9 Robin Hull Drew Henry 10–6 Paul Wykes
Tom Ford 10–6 Justin Astley Mike Dunn 10–6 Tom Ford Mark Selby 10–2 Mike Dunn Mark Selby 10–2 Joe Perry
Shokat Ali 10–6 Hugh Abernethy Shokat Ali 10–6 David Roe Shokat Ali 10–7 Michael Judge Quinten Hann 10–5 Shokat Ali
Scott MacKenzie 10–3 Joe Jogia Scott MacKenzie 10–7 Anthony Davies Ryan Day 10–5 Scott MacKenzie Stephen Maguire 10–5 Ryan Day
Leo Fernandez 10–7 Paul Davison Rory McLeod 10–7 Leo Fernandez James Wattana 10–8 Rory McLeod Ali Carter 10–0 James Wattana
Darren Morgan 10–9 Ben Woollaston Darren Morgan 10–5 Jamie Burnett Darren Morgan 10–6 Patrick Wallace Anthony Hamilton 10–2 Darren Morgan
Lee Spick 10–7 Ding Junhui Lee Spick 10–7 Bjorn Haneveer Stuart Bingham 10–2 Lee Spick Michael Holt 10–8 Stuart Bingham
Paul Davies 10–1 Sean O'Neill Paul Davies 10–5 Nick Walker Paul Davies 10–8 Brian Morgan Gerard Greene 10–5 Paul Davies
Andrew Norman 10–4 Craig Steadman Marcus Campbell 10–7 Andrew Norman Shaun Murphy 10–3 Marcus Campbell Shaun Murphy 10–8 Joe Swail
Brian Salmon w/o-w/d David Hall Adrian Gunnell 10–3 Brian Salmon Adrian Gunnell 10–4 Stuart Pettman Robert Milkins 10–3 Adrian Gunnell
Simon Bedford 10–2 Rodney Goggins Andy Hicks 10–7 Simon Bedford Andy Hicks 10–5 Mark Davis Andy Hicks 10–5 Dominic Dale
Ricky Walden 10–7 Gary Wilson Ricky Walden 10–0 Lee Walker Ricky Walden 10–9 Barry Hawkins Ian McCulloch 10–9 Ricky Walden

2005 World Snooker Championship Qualifying articles: 80

Century breaks

There were 63 centuries in the 2005 World Snooker Championship.[6][88] The highest was a maximum break made by Mark Williams in the 11th frame in his first round win over Robert Milkins.[6]

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