THE Welsh Open starts today at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort - the 30th iteration of the national snooker tournament.

The competition will be in the city from February 15 to 21.

The final Home Nations Series of the season will see 128 players taking part in the behind-closed-doors event.

The Welsh Open is at the Celtic Manor Resort for the first time, but it is not the competition's first time in Newport.

It started off in the city in 1992 and spent 18 years at the Newport Centre, before moving to Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena for the last eight years.

This will be the first time a snooker tournament has been hosted at the Celtic Manor, which is more famous as a golfing venue- having hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Fourteen Welsh players will be competing for the chance to lift the the trophy and take home £70,000 in winner's prize money.

The Welsh winner of the Welsh Open came all the way back in the last century - 1999 to be precise.

The current highest ranked Welsh player, Mark Williams, beat Hendry 9-8 back in 1999.

No Welsh player has managed to reach the quarter-final stage since Michael White in 2016.