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 adopted 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 £366,000 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.
Welsh Open Snooker Roll of Honour
|1992||Stephen Hendry 9-3 Darren Morgan|
|1993||Ken Doherty 9-7 Alan McManus|
|1994||Steve Davis 9-6 Alan McManus|
|1995||Steve Davis 9-3 John Higgins|
|1996||Mark Williams 9-3 John Parrott|
|1997||Stephen Hendry 9-2 Mark King|
|1998||Paul Hunter 9-5 John Higgins|
|1999||Mark Williams 9-8 Stephen Hendry|
|2000||John Higgins 9-8 Stephen Lee|
|2001||Ken Doherty 9-2 Paul Hunter|
|2002||Paul Hunter 9-7 Ken Doherty|
|2003||Stephen Hendry 9-5 Mark Williams|
|2004||Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 Steve Davis|
|2005||Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 Stephen Hendry|
|2006||Stephen Lee 9-4 Shaun Murphy|
|2007||Neil Robertson 9-8 Andrew Higginson|
|2008||Mark Selby 9-8 Ronnie O’Sullivan|
|2009||Ali Carter 9-5 Joe Swail|
|2010||John Higgins 9-4 Ali Carter|
|2011||John Higgins 9-6 Stephen Maguire|
|2012||Ding Junhui 9-6 Mark Selby|
|2013||Stephen Maguire 9-8 Stuart Bingham|
|2014||Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-3 Ding Junhui|
|2015||John Higgins 9-3 Ben Woollaston|
|2016||Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-5 Neil Robertson|
|2017||Stuart Bingham 9-8 Judd Trump|
|2018||John Higgins 9-7 Barry Hawkins|