Start Date12 Dec 2016
Finish Date18 Dec 2016
Total Prize Money£366,000
Winner Prize Money£70,000
Snooker’s new Scottish Open will take place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow later this year, and tickets are now on sale.
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The world ranking event is part of the new Home Nations quartet of tournaments, alongside the English Open, Irish Open and Welsh Open. Any player who wins all four events will receive a massive £1 million bonus.
The Scottish Open will run from December 12 to 18 and will feature 128 of the world’s leading green baize stars, in a flat draw with all players starting in the first round.
Total prize money for each of the Home Nations events will be £366,000, with the winner to receive £70,000. All four tournaments will be televised by Eurosport.
And Scotland’s top player John Higgins believes the potential £1 million bonus will be a huge added incentive for snooker’s top potters.
“To win all four would be very difficult, you could compare it to Novak Djokovic or Tiger Woods trying to win all four Grand Slam events in tennis or golf,” said Wizard of Wishaw Higgins. “It’s a fantastic thing to aim for and you can imagine the hype around the Scottish Open if someone were to win the first two events. They would be under so much pressure.
“I’m sure every top player will look at that potential £1 million bonus and want to have a go, including Ronnie O’Sullivan – I’d be surprised if he doesn’t enter.”
Four-time World Champion Higgins was named snooker’s Player of the Year last season after winning two ranking events to take his career tally to 28. The 41-year-old is delighted to see a ranking tournament come to Scotland for the first time since 2010.
“It has been a long time coming,” he said. “In recent years we’ve had a lot more tournaments on the calendar and there should be one in Scotland because of the support for snooker here. I hope we get good crowds and it is well received, and I think we will because there will be 128 players there and the fans can see so many of the best on a single day.
“I know sometimes players feel under more pressure playing in front of their home crowd – the Welsh boys have faced that at the Welsh Open. So hopefully myself and the other Scots can do well and go a long way in the event. For us it’s a chance to play in front of our friends and family and all of our supporters.”
Tickets are ON SALE NOW and fans are STRONGLY URGED to book quickly because demand will be high and certain session are expected to sell out quickly.
Home Nations events
English Open – Event City, Manchester, October 10-16
Irish Open – Titanic Exhibition Centre Belfast, November 14-20
Scottish Open – Emirates Arena, December 12-18
Welsh Open – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, February 13-19