2019 Tour Championship
The 2019 Tour Championship was a professional snooker ranking tournament. It was held from 19 to 24 March 2019 in Llandudno, Wales. The winner of the tournament won £150,000 out of a total prize fund of £375,000. Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed his 36th ranking title, equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of ranking event wins.
About 2019 Tour Championship in brief
The 2019 Tour Championship was a professional snooker ranking tournament, held from 19 to 24 March 2019 in Llandudno, Wales. It was the eighteenth ranking event of the 20182019 season. The winner of the tournament won £150,000 out of a total prize fund of £375,000. Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed his 36th ranking title, equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of ranking event wins. The tournament’s highest break prize of £5,000 was won by Neil Robertson, scoring a break of 135 in frame 16 of his first round victory over Mark Selby. The event was primarily broadcast by ITV4 in the United Kingdom. It also aired on Sky Sport in New Zealand, NowTV in Hong Kong, and Superstars Online in China. Eurosport did not broadcast the event, despite covering all but one of the otherSnooker tournaments this season. It is the third and final event in the 2019 Coral Cup series, first introduced in the 2018 2019 season, after the World Grand Prix and the Players Championship. The players qualified for the series by virtue of their placement on the one-year ranking list, rather than by world ranking. Each match was played over a minimum of two sessions, the final as best-of-25-frames over two days. On winning the tournament, O’Sullivan returned to the world number one position for the first time since May 2010, and won the Coral Cup.
In regaining the ranking, he also became the oldest world No 1 since Ray Reardon in 1983. Judd Trump drew reigning World champion Mark Williams in the second first round match. The pair were tied at 4–4 after the first session, but Williams won the next five frames to come back to lead 8–5. Trump then completed a comeback and won four frames through another decider to come through another final decider. Although Williams replied by winning the match by 45-minute frame ten, O’ Sullivan won the match 13–11 to claim the title. The final was the first non-World Championship match of this length or longer since the 1992 UK Championship final, with the match lasting over an hour and going to the final black. The Tour Championship is the first event since the 2010 UK Championship in which every match was playing over multiple sessions, with two in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and three sessions in the final. It featured 22 century breaks made by six players, including three from Robertson. The top eight players based on the single year ranking list took part in a single elimination tournament. The draw for the tournament was made by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.