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Carlsberg Challenge/ Carling  Challenge/ Fosters Professional
Invitation Event

Brief History of the Event
 
This was a four-man invitation event played on a knockout format. It was devised as a television event and was held in the studios of RTE in Dublin at the beginning of the season for five years in the mid 1980s.
 
It began in 1984 as the Carlsberg Challenge with Jimmy White winning the first two and losing to Dennis Taylor in the 1986 final. Then the sponsor decided to transfer backing to another of their brands and it became the Carling Challenge for 1987, with Dennis Taylor winning again. Finally it became the Fosters Professional in 1988, the last time it was held, when Mike Hallett was the champion.

Roll Of Honour             

Year Title Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1984 Carslberg Challenge Jimmy White Tony Knowles 9-7 £7,500
1985 Carslberg Challenge Jimmy White Alex Higgins 8-3 £11,000
1986 Carslberg Challenge Dennis Taylor Jimmy White 8-3 £12,000
1987 Carling Challenge Dennis Taylor Joe Johnson 8-5 £12,500
1988 Fosters Professional Mike Hallett Stephen Hendry 8-5 £12,500



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