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The 1980 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place from Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9 February 1980 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. 10 players were invited for the tournament. The event had previously been played from Monday to Friday but was switched to have a Saturday finish.

Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates5–9 February 1980
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£14,000
Winner's share£4,500
Highest breakWales Terry Griffiths (131)
Final
ChampionWales Terry Griffiths
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins
Score9–5
1979
1981

Terry Griffiths won the Masters by beating Alex Higgins, just 9 months after winning the World Championship. Higgins made his third final in a row. Griffiths won the title by 9–5 with a break of 131. An attendance of 2,323 attended the Conference Centre for final session of the match, which was a record at the time.

Main drawEdit

[1][2]

Round 1
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 9 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
     
          Perrie Mans 1  
  Fred Davis 1       Alex Higgins 5  
  Alex Higgins 5         Alex Higgins 5  
            Ray Reardon 2  
          Ray Reardon 5  
          Dennis Taylor 3  
            Alex Higgins 5
            Terry Griffiths 9
          Eddie Charlton 2  
          John Spencer 5  
            John Spencer 0  
            Terry Griffiths 5  
          Terry Griffiths 5      
  Cliff Thorburn 5       Cliff Thorburn 3      
  John Virgo 3  

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Street
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 9 February 1980.
Terry Griffiths
  Wales
9–5 Alex Higgins
  Northern Ireland
First session: 67–39, 73–30 (73), 4–81 (81), 61–68, 104–15 (77), 61–67 (Griffiths 52), 54–55, 102–25, 63–61 (Griffiths 53), 58–70 (Griffiths 58, Higgins 70), 75–49, 117–3 (51), 67–60, 131–0 (131)
131 Highest break 81
1 Century breaks 0
6 50+ breaks 1

Century breaksEdit

Total: 2[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1980 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  2. ^ "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "1980 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.