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World Grand Prix Snooker: season's top 32 back in action in February 2019
First held in Llandudno in 2015, The World Grand Prix is an annual snooker tournament that is contested by the most successful 32 players of the 12 months previous. Although a relatively new ranking event, the prize money on offer (£100,000 for the winner) – along with the quality of the draw – makes the World Grand Prix a coveted prize.
The inaugural event was won by Englishman Judd Trump, who defeated compatriot Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–7 in the final and made the tournament's highest break of 142 along the way. However, Trump was unable to defend his title the following season, losing in the last 16 to Stuart Bingham (who was later beaten 10-9 in the final by Shaun Murphy). Like Trump, defending champion Murphy fell at the quarter final stage as the event was moved to Preston the following season, losing to eventual runner-up Ryan Day. Kent's Barry Hawkins won the event, beating Welshman Day 10-7 in the final to claim his third ranking title. The current champion is Ronnie O'Sullivan, who crushed Ding Junhui 10-3 in the 2018 final.
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World Grand Prix Snooker: O'Sullivan edges closer to Hendry's ranking titles record
Snooker fans will recognise the name Grand Prix from the competition of the same name that was held across England and Scotland from 1984-2000 and again from 2004-2009. The inaugural Grand Prix, held at Reading Hexagon Theatre, was won by Dennis Taylor, who defeated Cliff Thorburn 10–2 in the final to claim his first major tournament victory after 13 years as a professional.
The following year's final was a re-match of the legendary 1985 World Championship clash between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor. This time though, it was Davis who came out on top; eventually winning what was the longest one-day final in snooker history 10-9. Davis would go on to become one of three players to dominate the tournament in the following years as he, Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White won the next eight events between them.
Dominic Dale, Marco Fu, Euan Henderson and Dave Harold were all surprise finalists at venues in Derby, Sunderland and Bournemouth between 1994 and 1998, but only Dale could claim the title against one of the more established elite (beating John Higgins 9-6 in 1997). In the last final before the tournament was briefly rebranded "The LG Cup", Mark Williams defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-5 in Telford. During its time as the LG Cup, Chris Small won his first and only ranking title, while Williams claimed the title for a third time.
Returning under the moniker Grand Prix in 2004, another surprise finalist – Preston's Ian McCulloch – had the chance to win the title in his home town. However, despite beating the likes of Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White on his way to the final, he was unable to overcome Ronnie O'Sullivan and lost 9-5 in the final. O'Sullivan was twice a runner-up in the following three seasons (losing to John Higgins and Marco Fu), before Higgins claimed his fourth title in the event's penultimate year. Australian Neil Robertson defeated Ding Junhui in Glasgow to win the final Grand Prix before it was ranamed the World Open and eventually moved to China.
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