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1997 Masters (snooker)

The 1997 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 2 and 9 February 1997 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates2–9 February 1997
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Winner's share£130,000
Highest breakEngland Steve Davis (130)
Final
ChampionEngland Steve Davis
Runner-upEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score10–8
1996
1998

Steve Davis won his third Masters title, nine years after his last win in 1988, by defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. O'Sullivan, who was playing in his third consecutive Masters final, took an 8–4 lead before Davis came back to win six successive frames and clinch the title with a 10–8 victory.[1]

The final was notable for featuring snooker's first ever streaker, 22-year-old secretary Lianne Crofts, who invaded the playing area at the beginning of the third frame. After stewards removed her from the arena, O'Sullivan amused the crowd by comically wiping the brow of veteran referee John Street, who was refereeing his final match of his career.[1][2]

The wild-card players included Paul Hunter, who would later go on to win 3 Masters titles in 4 years between 2001–2004. The highest break of the tournament was 130 made by Steve Davis.

FieldEdit

Stephen Hendry, defending champion and World Champion was the number 1 seed. Places were allocated to the top 16 players in the world rankings. Players seeded 15 and 16 played in the wild-card round against the winner of the qualifying event, Brian Morgan (ranked 49), and Paul Hunter (ranked 78), who was the wild-card selection. Paul Hunter and Brian Morgan were making their debuts in the Masters.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

  • Winner: £130,000
  • Runner-up: £65,000
  • High Break Prize: £15,000

Wild-card roundEdit

In the preliminary round, the qualifier and wild-card players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[3][4]

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 2 February   Tony Drago (15) 2–5   Brian Morgan
WC2 Monday 3 February   Mark Williams (16) 5–1   Paul Hunter

Main drawEdit

[3][4]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1   Stephen Hendry 6
  Brian Morgan 1
1   Stephen Hendry 4
8   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
8   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
11   Dave Harold 1
8   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
5   Nigel Bond 5
5   Nigel Bond 6
12   James Wattana 1
5   Nigel Bond 6
4   John Parrott 2
4   John Parrott 6
13   Jimmy White 5
8   Ronnie O'Sullivan 8
10   Steve Davis 10
3   Peter Ebdon 6
9   Darren Morgan 4
3   Peter Ebdon 4
10   Steve Davis 6
6   Alan McManus 4
10   Steve Davis 6
10   Steve Davis 6
7   Ken Doherty 1
7   Ken Doherty 6
14   Alain Robidoux 2
7   Ken Doherty 6
16   Mark Williams 3
2   John Higgins 4
16   Mark Williams 6

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: John Street.
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 9 February 1997.[3][5]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (8)
  England
8–10 Steve Davis (10)
  England
Afternoon: 116–0 (116), 113–0 (113), 13–72, 67–38, 50–78, 123–0 (63, 60), 46–62 (50), 1–63
Evening: 96–32 (96), 72–52 (72), 122–7 (121), 75–4 (67), 0–109 (64), 27–60, 1–130 (130), 48–63, 46–74 (56), 1–68
121 Highest break 130
3 Century breaks 1
8 50+ breaks 4

QualifyingEdit

Brian Morgan won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1996 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[6]

Century breaksEdit

Total: 10[5]

Brian Morgan's century was scored in the wild-card round.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Benson & Hedges Masters 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Winning streak continues". BBC Sport. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters 1997". Snooker.org.
  4. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "1996 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ Turner, Chris. "Benson & Hedges Championship, Masters Qualifying Tournament". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2010.