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Brief History
 
The 1989 Asian Open in Bangkok was due to be the first ranking event in Asia but what should have been the Australian Open was moved at the last minute and became the Hong Kong Open which was held once only and gave Mike Hallett his only ranking title. Shortly afterwards the Asian Open itself, sponsored, as was the Hong Kong event, by 555 cigarettes, took place with Stephen Hendry beating the local hero James Wattana in the final.
 
The Asian Open moved to Guangzhou in China the following season and then it was back to Bangkok for the last two years of the event and it also moved from the beginning of the season to early spring. In the 1992/3 event, Dave Harold became the lowest ranked player ever to win a ranking title when, ranked 93rd, he beat Darren Morgan in the final.
 
For no particular reason the event then changed its name to the Thailand Open even though it was still played in Bangkok. Four years later the reverse happened when the Thailand Classic which had begun a year before changed its name to the Asian Classic, again without any change in venue. After just one year under that name the event was dropped from the calendar.   

Roll Of Honour

Hong Kong Open           Ranking Event                

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1989/90 International Convention Centre, Hong Kong 555 Mike Hallett Dene O'Kane 9-8 £40,000


Asian Open                      Ranking Event
Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1989/90 Channel 12 Studios, Bangkok, Thailand 555 Stephen Hendry James Wattana 9-6 £40,000
1990/1 GDTV Studios, Guangzhou, China 555 Stephen Hendry Dennis Taylor 9-3 £35,000
1991/2 Bangkok 555 Steve Davis Alan McManus 9-3 £30,000
1992/3 Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand Nescafé Dave Harold Darren Morgan 9-3 £30,000



Asian Classic                  Ranking Event
Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1996/7 Riverside Montien Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand Suntory Ronnie O'Sullivan Brian Morgan 9-8 £40,000

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