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1987 World Snooker Championship

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18 April–4 May 1987
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £400,000
Winner's share £80,000
Highest break Steve Davis (127)
Final
Champion Steve Davis
Runner-up Joe Johnson
Score 18–14
1986
1988

The 1987 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 April–4 May 1987 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Joe Johnson made it to the final again, as did Steve Davis, making it a repeat of the 1986 final. However Johnson did not retain his title, as he fell to the Crucible curse and lost 14–18 to Davis. It was Davis' fourth world title.

Contents

  • Tournament summary 1
  • Prize fund 2
  • Main draw 3
  • Century breaks 4
  • References 5

Tournament summary

  • The Davis vs. Johnson final was the first time in the Crucible that two players had met at the final two years running. The last time it happened in the championship was in 1951 by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. It would happen again when Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White met three times in a row between 1992 and 1994.[1][2] This is also the only time that the final was contested by top two seeds of the tournament.[3]
  • Ray Reardon made his last appearance at the Crucible when he beat Yorkshire debutant Barry West 10–5. He then met Davis in the second round where he lost 4–13.[4][5] He dropped out of the top 32 in the rankings at the end of the season from 15 to 38.[6]
  • Aged 18 years and 97 days Stephen Hendry became the youngest ever player to win a match at the Crucible.[7]

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8][9]

  • Winner: £80,000
  • Runner-up: £48,000
  • Semi-finals: £24,000
  • Quarter-finals: £12,000
  • Last 16: £6,000
  • Last 32: £3,375
  • Total: £400,000

Main draw

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[8][10][11][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
18 April            
  Joe Johnson (1)  10
23 & 24 April
  Eugene Hughes  9  
  Joe Johnson (1)  13
18 & 19 April
    Murdo MacLeod  7  
  Rex Williams (16)  5
28 & 29 April
  Murdo MacLeod  10  
  Joe Johnson (1)  13
19 & 20 April
    Stephen Hendry  12  
  Kirk Stevens (9)  4
24 & 25 April
  Steve Longworth  10  
  Steve Longworth  7
19 & 20 April
    Stephen Hendry  13  
  Willie Thorne (8)  7
30 April, 1 & 2 May
  Stephen Hendry  10  
  Joe Johnson (1)  16
20 & 21 April
    Neal Foulds (13)  9
  Tony Knowles (5)  6
25, 26 & 27 April
  Mike Hallett  10  
  Mike Hallett  13
21 & 22 April
    Silvino Francisco (12)  9  
  Silvino Francisco (12)  10
28 & 29 April
  John Campbell  3  
  Mike Hallett  9
21 & 22 April
    Neal Foulds (13)  13  
  Neal Foulds (13)  10
26 & 27 April
  John Virgo  4  
  Neal Foulds (13)  13
22 & 23 April
    Dennis Taylor (4)  10  
  Dennis Taylor (4)  10
  Mark Bennett  4  
22 & 23 April            
  Cliff Thorburn (3)  5
26 & 27 April
  Dene O'Kane  10  
  Dene O'Kane  13
22 April
    Doug Mountjoy (14)  5  
  Doug Mountjoy (14)  10
28 & 29 April
  David Taylor  5  
  Dene O'Kane  6
21 April
    Jimmy White (6)  13  
  Tony Meo (11)  8
25, 26 & 27
  John Parrott  10  
  John Parrott  11
20 & 21 April
    Jimmy White (6)  13  
  Jimmy White (6)  10
30 April, 1 & 2 May
  Dean Reynolds  8  
  Jimmy White (6)  11
19 & 20 April
    Steve Davis (2)  16
  Alex Higgins (7)  10
24 & 25 April
  Jon Wright  6  
  Alex Higgins (7)  10
19 & 20 April
    Terry Griffiths (10)  13  
  Terry Griffiths (10)  10
28 & 29 April
  Jim Wych  6  
  Terry Griffiths  5
18 & 19 April
    Steve Davis (2)  13  
  Ray Reardon (15)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
  Barry West  5  
  Ray Reardon (15)  4
18 April
    Steve Davis (2)  13  
  Steve Davis (2)  10
  Warren King  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 3 & 4 May 1987. Referee: Len Ganley[13]
Joe Johnson (1)
 England
14 – 18 Steve Davis (2)
 England
0–128, 61–53, 74–69, 71–2, 1–77, 12–83, 66–57, 8–69, 35–82, 5–79, 118–15, 25–77, 0–91, 76–44, 7–88, 70–6, 68–34, 0–69, 0–80, 24–81, 24–68, 66–52, 0–77, 75–22, 70–53, 76–44, 73–59, 0–104, 6–113, 33–91, 77–34, 0–78 Century breaks: 2 (Johnson 1, Davis 1)

Highest break by Johnson: 101
Highest break by Davis: 127

0–128, 61–53, 74–69, 71–2, 1–77, 12–83, 66–57, 8–69, 35–82, 5–79, 118–15, 25–77, 0–91, 76–44, 7–88, 70–6, 68–34, 0–69, 0–80, 24–81, 24–68, 66–52, 0–77, 75–22, 70–53, 76–44, 73–59, 0–104, 6–113, 33–91, 77–34, 0–78
Steve Davis wins the 1987 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks

There were 18 century breaks at the championship, the highest of the tournament being 127 by Davis.[8] Davis' 127 is the lowest ever highest break recorded in the Crucible.[14][15][16] Dene O'Kane's 132 was the highest break of the qualifying stages.[8]

References

  1. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 121. 
  4. ^ "Ray Reardon World Championship results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Barry West World Championship results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ranking History". snooker.org. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 132. 
  8. ^ a b c d "World Championship 1987". Global Snooker. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  10. ^ "1987 World Championships Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 24–25. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  14. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)". Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 147. 
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