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Scottish Open: All You Need to Know

The Scottish Open returns to its homeland in 2022 for its 29th edition, having first been held back in 1981.

Steve Davis was the winner on that occasion, when it was called the International Open. Since then it has also been known as the Matchroom Trophy (1985) and the Players Championship (2004).

The tournament now looks at home in its current slot in the calendar and continues to be a pre-Christmas favourite, often attracting a stellar field.

WhatScottish Open
WhereMeadowbank Sports Centre
When28th November - 4th December
How to watchEurosport

When is the Scottish Open?

The Scottish Open's various guises have seen it moved around on the calendar. The event's early years as the International Open and Matchroom Trophy saw the tournament take place in August, September and October.

It was held in April in 1993 and then February from 1994 to 1997. The February or early spring date remained after the tournament first became the Scottish Open in 1998, but it has been held towards the end of the year since returning from an eight-year hiatus in 2012.

That slot has remained after returning from another break in 2016 and the 2022 tournament will take place between 28th November and 4th December.

Where is the Scottish Open?

The tournament's nomadic nature has seen it help a number of different towns and cities across England and Wales.

Derby, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Swindon shared the honours early on before Aberdeen, Glasgow and others hosted.

The last two events have been held in Milton Keynes and Llandudno, respectively, but the 2022 tournament will be held at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, the first time in 19 years the capital has staged the Scottish Open.

Newly rebuilt and reopened, Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh has enjoyed plenty of history, becoming the first venue to be included in the hosting of two Commonwealth Games in 1986, having also done so in 1970.

Meadowbank has also staged concerts, including Elton John in 2016 and its wide range of facilities makes it a key sporting hub for Edinburgh.

Can I watch the Scottish Open?

The Scottish Open is expected to be shown on Eurosport.

How many times has the Scottish Open taken place?

The Scottish Open has taken place on 28 previous occasions but has not always been a regular event since first being played in 1981.

There was a hiatus between 1990-1992, as well as 2005-2011 and 2013-2016.

However, it is now a regular on the tour and with Meadowbank's facilities giving it the potential to be a permanent venue, looks set to continue beyond its 29th edition in 2022.

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Who has won the Snooker Open on the most occasions?

Belgium's Luca Brecel is the most recent champion, beating John Higgins 9-5 last year in Llandudno.

That was Higgins' third final defeat, but he has won this tournament twice, albeit when it was the International Open.

Steve Davis has won the tournament a record six times, all of those during the International Open era.

Since it became the Scottish Open, Mark Selby is the only player to have won the tournament more than once, taking the trophy in both 2019 and 2020.

Who are the favourites for the Scottish Open?

Brecel will be back to defend his title, but Higgins could be the player to beat. The home hope has said it is "brilliant news" that the tournament is returning to his homeland and says he and his compatriots have "missed" playing in Scotland in recent years.

After missing out in his last three finals, and also being the runner-up in last April's Tour Championship, the 47-year-old will have extra motivation to star in Edinburgh.

Selby is also expected to make an appearance, while 2018 champion Mark Allen could also be a player to watch having recently successfully defended his Northern Ireland Open title.

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