1986 Masters (snooker)
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.
|Dates||26 January–2 February 1986|
|Venue||Wembley Conference Centre|
|Total prize fund||£175,000|
|Highest break||Willie Thorne (138)|
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.
Defending champion Cliff Thorburn was the number 1 seed with World Champion Dennis Taylor seeded 2. The remaining places were allocated to the top 16 players in the world rankings. Silvino Francisco was making his debut in the Masters.
|Last 16 |
Best of 9 frames
Best of 9 frames
Best of 11 frames
Best of 17 frames
|Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Street|
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 2 February 1986.
|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|
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