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Champion of Champions: snooker's tournament winners come together in Coventry
First held in 1978 and 1980 before being revived in 2013, the Champion of Champions is an annual 16-player snooker tournament that features the winners of the sport's events from the preceding 12 months. Although a non-ranking event, the prize money on offer (£100,000 for the winner) – along with the quality of the draw – makes the Champion of Champions a coveted prize.
Since its revival, Ronnie O'Sullivan has appeared in four of the five Champion of Champions finals (winning two) while Neil Robertson, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy have each won one. The tournament, which takes place at Coventry's Ricoh Arena every November, is yet to see a maximum 147 break. Buy Champion of Champions snooker tickets now at StubHub and see the sport's top players live.
Champion of Champions Snooker: O'Sullivan dominates another event
Created by boxing promoter Mike Barrett in 1978, the first Champion of Champions event was contested by four players at the Wembley Conference Centre. World Champion Ray Reardon beat the Masters winner Alex Higgins 11–9 in the final. The event wasn't held in 1979 but appeared again in 1980 at the New London Theatre (which hosted the Masters between 1976 and 1978). Under a new format, ten players (split into two groups) competed in a round robin format with the winners of the groups advancing to the final. Irish masters champion Doug Mountjoy beat UK Championship winner John Virgo 10–8 in the final. The tournament was then abandoned due to poor attendances making the event financially unsuccessful.
Returning to replace Premier League Snooker (which Ronnie O'Sullivan won nine times in 16 years) on the sport's calendar in 2013, O'Sullivan won the first two Champion of Champions events (beating Stuart Bingham in 2013 and Judd Trump in 2014) but denied the chance to defend his title in 2015 – which was won by the then Gdynia Open champion Neil Robertson. O'Sullivan returned in 2016, but lost 10-7 to John Higgins in the final. The current champion is the Gibraltar Open winner Shaun Murphy, who beat Masters and English Open champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-8 to condemn The Rocket to his second successive Champion of Champions final defeat.
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