LG Cup 2001
LG Cup 2001
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
Preston , England
|Opening:||October 12, 2001|
|Endgame:||October 21, 2001
|Highest Break:||147 ( Ronnie O'Sullivan )|
The LG Cup 2001 was a snooker tournament of the 2001/02 season , which was held from October 12 to 21, 2001 in the Guild Hall of Preston . The LG Cup was the continuation of the Grand Prix introduced in 1984 . After five years without a name sponsor, the company LG Electronics supported the competition from this year and thus ensured the new name. Preston was not the first time the venue, the 1998/99 Grand Prix had already taken place in the north-west English city.
The previous Grand Prix had Mark Williams won, but the world number one failed this time in the quarterfinals. With Stephen Lee and Peter Ebdon , two players met in the final who had already won the competition once. The winner was Stephen Lee with 9: 4, who repeated his success from 1998 in the same place.
Even Ronnie O'Sullivan repeated something that had him ever succeeded in Preston at this tournament in 1999: He scored in the second round a maximum break . It was the fifth break from 147 points in his career.
Prize money / world ranking points
With the new sponsor, the prize pool also increased by nearly £ 200,000 . The winner alone got £ 20,500 more. The prize money doubled for the round of 16 and the last 32. However, after the professional field was reduced to 128 players, there was no longer any bonus for placements outside the last 96. There were also adjustments to the points for the world rankings . While the two finalists got 800 and 200 points less, the number of points increased for the other participants, including the last qualifying round. In contrast, the qualifying participants who had previously dropped out received fewer points.
|Prize money||World ranking
|Quarter finalist||£ 11,700||2,050|
|Round of 16||£ 9,600||1,750|
|Last 32||£ 7,800||1,450|
|Last 48||£ 4,000||1,150|
|Last 64||£ 3,150||900|
|Last 80||£ 2,150||650|
|Last 96||£ 1,450||400|
|Highest break||TV phase: £ 7,500
before: £ 1,800
|All in all||£ 597,200|
There was an additional £ 20,000 bonus for the Maximum Break .
16 players made it through the qualification successfully. They competed in round 1 against the world ranking players from 17th to 32nd.
Top 32 to the final
Peter Ebdon won the Grand Prix in 1993 , Stephen Lee in 1998 . For the first time ever, the two English players played against each other in a final this time. Ebdon had won two encounters between the two earlier in the year. The first session of the final was changeable. First Stephen Lee pulled away 3-0, then Ebdon equalized, then Lee again won two frames in a row. At the beginning of the evening session Ebdon was able to shorten it to 5: 4, but then Lee dominated the game and took four frames in a row to a 9: 4 victory. The second win at the tournament was also the second ranked title in Lee's career.
The qualifying games took place between July 26th and August 7th, 2001 and were played in four rounds. The players from 49th to 128th place in the world rankings played against each other in four rounds and determined the 16 players who then competed in the main tournament in Preston in October .
20 players achieved 32 breaks of at least 100 points in the main tournament. For the second time after 1999 there was a maximum break at this tournament , for the second time it was Ronnie O'Sullivan who succeeded. It was the 43rd official 147-point break in snooker and earned the Englishman a total of £ 27,500. Stephen Maguire scored the highest break in qualifying, earning £ 1,800 for 141 points at a time.
a scored in round 1 (round of the last 48 without the top 16 players)