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Major Ranking and Invitation Events in Malta
 
Malta has always had a great snooker tradition but it was not until late 1994 that it hosted its first major professional tournament, the Rothmans Malta Grand Prix, originally a 12-man invitation event. This event was held every season till 2000/01 but the format varied and it was a full world ranking event in 1999/2000 for one season only. When it returned in 2000/1 as an invitation event twelve players played in four round robin groups initially with group winners going into the semi-finals.

The Euopean Open was first held in Malta in 1995/6 and returned on three further occasions. Details of this event can be found on a separate page.

The Malta Cup replaced the European Open in 2004/5 and was held as a full ranking event for the next three seasons.  A little bit of history was made in the 2006 event when, for the first time ever in ranking event, no English player reached the quarter final stage. In 2008 the Malta Cup lost its World Ranking status but was still held as an invitation event with 20 of the top players playing in four round robin groups with just the winners of each progressing to the semi finals.

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Roll Of Honour

MALTA GRAND PRIX                        World Ranking Event in 1999/2000 only

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1994/5 Jerma Palace Hotel, Valetta Rothmans John Parrott Tony Drago 7-6 £4,000
1995/6 Jerma Palace Hotel, Marsascala Rothmans Peter Ebdon John Higgins 7-4 £4,000
1996/7 Jerma Palace Hotel, Marsascala Rothmans Nigel Bond Tony Drago 7-3 £4,000
1997/8 Jerma Palace Hotel, Marsascala Rothmans Ken Doherty John Higgins 7-5 £4,000
1998/9 New Dolnen Hotel, Bugibba Rothmans Stephen Hendry Ken Doherty 7-6 £6,000
1999/00 Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valetta Rothmans Ken Doherty Mark J. Williams 9-3 £50,000
2000/1 Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valetta Rothmans Stephen Hendry Mark J. Williams 7-1 £10,000

Maximum Breaks - Malta Grand Prix
Final Stages
Stephen Hendry 2000/01 Final v. Mark Williams


MALTA CUP
Season Venue sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2004/5 Hilton Conference Centre, Portomaso none Stephen Hendry Graeme Dott 9-7 £30,000
2005/6 Hilton Conference Centre, Portomaso none Ken Doherty John Higgins 9-8 £18,000
2006/7 Hilton Conference Centre, Portomaso none Shaun Murphy Ryan Day 9-4 £30,000
2007/8* Hilton Conference Centre, Portomaso none Shaun Murphy Ken Doherty 9-3 £20,000
*Invitation event in 2007/8
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