UK Championship (snooker)

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The UK Championship is a professional snooker tournament, generally regarded as the second most prestigious tournament after the World Championship.

The UK Championship was first held in 1977 as the United Kingdom Snooker Championship, an event open only to British residents. Patsy Fagan won, beating Doug Mountjoy by 12 frames to 9, to win 2000.

The rules were changed in 1984 to allow all professionals to enter, and it was granted ranking status. It carries one and a half times as many ranking points as all other tournaments, with the exception of the World Championship.

The tournament has had many different sponsors over the years, and is currently sponsored by Travis Perkins. It is one of the tournaments televised by the BBC. The tournament is held around November each year. Prize money in 2003 was 615,000.

Winners

Year Winner Opponent Final score Season
non-ranking
1977 Patsy Fagan Doug Mountjoy 12 - 9 1977/78
1978 Doug Mountjoy Dennis Taylor 15 - 9 1978/79
1979 John Virgo Terry Griffiths 14 - 13 1979/80
1980 Steve Davis Alex Higgins 16 - 6 1980/81
1981 Steve Davis Terry Griffiths 16 - 3 1981/82
1982 Terry Griffiths Alex Higgins 16 - 15 1982/83
1983 Alex Higgins Steve Davis 16 - 15 1983/84
ranking
1984 Steve Davis Alex Higgins 16 - 8 1984/85
1985 Steve Davis Willie Thorne 16 - 14 1985/86
1986 Steve Davis Neal Foulds 16 - 7 1986/87
1987 Steve Davis Jimmy White 16 - 14 1987/88
1988 Doug Mountjoy Stephen Hendry 16 - 12 1988/89
1989 Stephen Hendry Steve Davis 16 - 12 1989/90
1990 Stephen Hendry Steve Davis 16 - 15 1990/91
1991 John Parrott Jimmy White 16 - 13 1991/92
1992 Jimmy White John Parrott 16 - 9 1992/93
1993 Ronnie O'Sullivan Stephen Hendry 10 - 6 1993/94
1994 Stephen Hendry Ken Doherty 10 - 5 1994/95
1995 Stephen Hendry Peter Ebdon 10 - 3 1995/96
1996 Stephen Hendry John Higgins 10 - 9 1996/97
1997 Ronnie O'Sullivan Stephen Hendry 10 - 6 1997/98
1998 John Higgins Matthew Stevens 10 - 6 1998/99
1999 Mark Williams Matthew Stevens 10 - 8 1999/00
2000 John Higgins Mark Williams 10 - 4 2000/01
2001 Ronnie O'Sullivan Ken Doherty 10 - 1 2001/02
2002 Mark Williams Ken Doherty 10 - 9 2002/03
2003 Matthew Stevens Stephen Hendry 10 - 8 2003/04
2004 Stephen Maguire David Gray 10 - 1 2004/05
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