LG Cup 2003
LG Cup 2003
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
Preston , England
|Opening:||October 4, 2003|
|Endgame:||October 12, 2003
|Highest Break:||147 ( John Higgins )|
The LG Cup 2003 was a snooker tournament of the 2003/04 season , which was played from October 4 to 12, 2003 in the Guild Hall of Preston . For the third time in a row, the tournament, named after the sponsor LG Electronics , was held in the north-west of England.
The Scot Chris Small , who had won the previous year's tournament, only reached the quarter-finals this time. After finishing last season by winning his second world title , Mark Williams started the new season with another tournament victory. He defeated John Higgins in the final 9-5. In doing so, he took revenge for the 1999 Grand Prix final , which he had lost to Higgins.
Nor did the Scots help that he scored a maximum break in the game . It was his third and 47th in snooker history. After Stephen Hendry, Higgins was only the second player to break 147 points in a final.
Prize money / world ranking points
|Prize money||World ranking
|Quarter finalist||£ 11,800||2,050|
|Round of 16||£ 9,700||1,750|
|Last 32||£ 7,600||1,450|
|Last 48||£ 4,200||1,150|
|Last 64||£ 3,100||900|
|Last 80||£ 2,200||650|
|Last 96||£ 1,500||400|
|Highest TV break||£ 5,000|
|All in all||£ 597,200|
There was an additional £ 20,000 bonus for the Maximum Break .
As usual since 2000, 48 players started in the main tournament. The top 16 of the world rankings were set for round 2.
In Prestatyn , 16 players had qualified for the tournament in four rounds. They competed in round 1 against the world ranking players from 17th to 32nd.
kl. = without a fight
Top 32 to the final
Mark Williams came to Preston with the May World Championship behind him. He also had the opportunity to make up for the 8: 9 defeat in 1999 in his own place. John Higgins , on the other hand, had an untitled season with two lost finals behind him. He had also lost the last four meetings with the Welshman. Both players had good experiences with the LG Cup and the Grand Prix: each had already won the tournament twice. Williams then started confidently and took a 3-0 lead before Higgins set an exclamation point with the highest tournament break of 142 points to date. After the break, the players kept the gap of 2 frames and went 5: 3 for Williams from the first session. The Welshman also won the first frame of the evening, but Higgins stayed on and with a maximum break he made the 5-6 connection. However, the "perfect break" didn't seem to stimulate him, the next frame went back to Williams and the following two frames were contested and although Higgins scored many points, they both went to Williams. He won 9: 5 and took his third title at the tournament and his 15th overall title.
The qualifying games took place from September 4 to 8, 2003 at the Pontin's Center in Prestatyn . In round 1, places 65 to 128 in the world rankings played against each other. From round 2, 32 players played against each other, with places 49 to 64 being set for round 3 and numbers 33 to 48 for round 4.
kl. = without a fight
14 players achieved 20 breaks of at least 100 points in the main tournament. John Higgins scored the 47th maximum break in snooker history in the final . It was his third personal 147-point break and also the third in tournament history. Another 24 Centurys were divided among 20 players in the qualification.
a scored in round 1 (round of the last 48 without the top 16 players)