The Scottish Open was first played in 1998, when it replaced the International Open which had begun in 1981, and was called the Goya Matchroom Trophy for one year in 1985. In 2004 it became the Players Championship for one season, after which it disappeared off the circuit until 2012 when it returned as the Scottish Open. However, it was not an immediate hit, disappearing again until 2016 when the Scottish Open became one of the Home Counties Tournaments, four tournaments that offer a £1 Million Bonus to any player who can win all four tournaments in one season.
The Scottish Open is the third of the Home Counties Tournaments, following the English Open and the Northern Ireland Open and, as the first two events were won by different players, the sponsor’s bonus money is safe for one more season.
The first Scottish Open was won by Ronnie O’Sullivan in 1998, who won it again in 2000 after Stephen Hendry had won it in 1999. Former World Champion Peter Ebdon is another notable winner, whilst the 2012 renewal was won by Ding Junhui and the 2016 renewal by Marco Fu.
In this year’s format, players will play best-of-7 frames up until the quarter-finals where it will be best-of-9 frames. The semi-finals will then be best-of-11 frames, and the final best-of-19 frames.
2017 Scottish Open Snooker Draw
Home fans won’t be too pleased to see that John Higgins has been drawn in the second-quarter alongside Ronnie O’Sullivan, as O’Sullivan looked in devastating form on Sunday as he conjured up 5 frames of almost flawless snooker to see off Sean Murphy 10-5 to win his sixth UK Championship Title. However, in this shortened format, there is a bigger chance that O’Sullivan could be caught napping in the early stages if basking in the glory of last week’s success.
Judd Trump also hasn’t got it easy in the fourth-quarter, where he may have to get past the likes of inform Mark Williams and Barry Hawkins. Meanwhile, last week’s finalist Sean Murphy has 2012 Champion Ding Junhui to deal with in the third-quarter.
The seeding looks to have been kind to last year’s Champion Marco Fu though, with only Neil Robertson lying in wait amongst the big names. Therefore, it could be worth chancing Marco Fu coming back to form.