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The 1986 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 26 January and 2 February 1986 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. The top 16 ranked players took part in the competition.

Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates26 January–2 February 1986
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£175,000
Winner's share£45,000
Highest breakEngland Willie Thorne (138)
Final
ChampionCanada Cliff Thorburn
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score9–5
1985
1987

Cliff Thorburn made history in the competition, when he became the first player to retain the title by defeating Jimmy White 9–5 in the final. It was also Thorburn's third and last Masters title.[1]

Earlier in the tournament the last 16 match between Eddie Charlton and Kirk Stevens, which took place on the afternoon of 28 January, had to stop play at 16:20 when the players were level at 4–4 to make way for that day's evening match between Jimmy White and Tony Meo, which was due to start at 16:30. That match started an hour later due to a settling crowd. The White/Meo ended 5–4 to the Whirlwind and then the Charlton/Stevens match resumed just after midnight with Charlton taking the last frame to a 5–4 win, taking him to play Tony Knowles in the quarter-finals, which he lost in another final frame decider 4–5. This was to be Charlton's last Masters appearance as he lost his top 16 place at the end of the season. The same happened with David Taylor too, who lost against Steve Davis in the last 16.

FieldEdit

Defending champion Cliff Thorburn was the number 1 seed with World Champion Dennis Taylor seeded 2.[2] The remaining places were allocated to the top 16 players in the world rankings. Silvino Francisco was making his debut in the Masters.

Main drawEdit

[3][4]

Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
            
1   Cliff Thorburn 5
16   Joe Johnson 3
1   Cliff Thorburn 5
8   Terry Griffiths 2
8   Terry Griffiths 5
9   Alex Higgins 4
1   Cliff Thorburn 6
4   Tony Knowles 4
5   Kirk Stevens 4
12   Eddie Charlton 5
12   Eddie Charlton 4
4   Tony Knowles 5
4   Tony Knowles 5
13   Silvino Francisco 1
1   Cliff Thorburn 9
7   Jimmy White 5
3   Steve Davis 5
14   David Taylor 4
3   Steve Davis 5
11   Willie Thorne 4
6   Ray Reardon 4
11   Willie Thorne 5
3   Steve Davis 3
7   Jimmy White 6
7   Jimmy White 5
10   Tony Meo 4
7   Jimmy White 5
2   Dennis Taylor 3
2   Dennis Taylor 5
15   Doug Mountjoy 2

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Street
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 2 February 1986.
Cliff Thorburn
  Canada
9–5 Jimmy White
  England
First session: 35–68, 75–29, 68–25, 70–27, 21–90 (75), 69–14, 61–52, 9–65, 63–53 (Thorburn 61, White 53), 56–69, 12–76, 73–16, 65–60 (Thorburn 52 , White 59), 68–33
61 Highest break 75
0 Century breaks 0
2 50+ breaks 3

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Masters". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Snooker - First round draw". The Times. 11 January 1986. p. 21.
  3. ^ "1986 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  4. ^ "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ "1986 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.