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The Welsh Open is a longstanding major ranking event steeped in history, an annual highlight of the snooker calendar since 1992.

For a total of 17 years, with a six-year gap from 1999 to 2004, the event was staged at the Newport Centre until 2014, when it was switched to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Since 2014, the tournament has become one of a handful of tournaments to adopt the flat 128-man format, with all players arriving on day one and battling it out over seven rounds for the right to be crowned the champion.

The £310,000 event has notably provided maiden ranking titles and major breakthroughs for the likes of Ken Doherty, Mark Williams, Mark Selby, Ali Carter and the late Paul Hunter.

John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan are the only players to win the tournament four times and there have been six maximum 147 breaks.

O'Sullivan is the defending champion after reeling off seven straight frames from 5-2 down to secure a 9-5 victory over Neil Robertson in the 2016 Final.

Welsh Open Snooker Roll of Honour

YearFinal Result
1992Stephen Hendry 9-3 Darren Morgan
1993Ken Doherty 9-7 Alan McManus
1994Steve Davis 9-6 Alan McManus
1995Steve Davis 9-3 John Higgins
1996Mark Williams 9-3 John Parrott
1997Stephen Hendry 9-2 Mark King
1998Paul Hunter 9-5 John Higgins
1999Mark Williams 9-8 Stephen Hendry
2000John Higgins 9-8 Stephen Lee
2001Ken Doherty 9-2 Paul Hunter
2002Paul Hunter 9-7 Ken Doherty
2003Stephen Hendry 9-5 Mark Williams
2004Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-8 Steve Davis
2005Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-8 Stephen Hendry
2006Stephen Lee 9-4 Shaun Murphy
2007Neil Robertson 9-8 Andrew Higginson
2008Mark Selby 9-8 Ronnie O'Sullivan
2009Ali Carter 9-5 Joe Swail
2010John Higgins 9-4 Ali Carter 
2011John Higgins 9-6 Stephen Maguire
2012Ding Junhui 9-6 Mark Selby
2013Stephen Maguire 9-8 Stuart Bingham
2014Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-3 Ding Junhui
2015John Higgins 9-3 Ben Woollaston
2016Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-5 Neil Robertson

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