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The 2000 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 6 and 13 February 2000 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates6–13 February 2000
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£615,000
Winner's share£175,000
Highest breakRepublic of Ireland Ken Doherty (140)
Final
ChampionWales Matthew Stevens
Runner-upRepublic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Score10–8
1999
2001

Matthew Stevens won the title on his second attempt after 1996 by defeating Ken Doherty, who had made his second final in a row, 10–8. On the 15th frame of the final, Doherty attempted a maximum break, but he missed the final black at 140.[1] This was the highest break of the tournament.

FieldEdit

Defending champion John Higgins was the number 1 seed with World Champion Stephen Hendry seeded 2. 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, Ali Carter (ranked 142), and Marco Fu (ranked 35), who was the wild-card selection. Ali Carter, Marco Fu and Fergal O'Brien were making their debuts in the Masters.

Wild-card roundEdit

In the preliminary round, the wild-card players plays the 15th and 16th seeds:[2][3]

Match Date Score
WC1 Monday 7 February   Steve Davis (15) 5–6   Ali Carter
WC2 Sunday 6 February   Jimmy White (16) 6–3   Marco Fu

Main drawEdit

[2][3]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1   John Higgins 4
16   Jimmy White 6
16   Jimmy White 3
9   Matthew Stevens 6
8   Alan McManus 2
9   Matthew Stevens 6
9   Matthew Stevens 6
5   John Parrott 2
5   John Parrott 6
12   Paul Hunter 3
5   John Parrott 6
4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 3
4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
10   Anthony Hamilton 4
9   Matthew Stevens 10
7   Ken Doherty 8
3   Mark Williams 6
13   Peter Ebdon 3
3   Mark Williams 4
6   Stephen Lee 6
6   Stephen Lee 6
11   Fergal O'Brien 4
6   Stephen Lee 0
7   Ken Doherty 6
7   Ken Doherty 6
  Ali Carter 0
7   Ken Doherty 6
2   Stephen Hendry 3
2   Stephen Hendry 6
14   Mark King 3

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Alan Chamberlain
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 13 February 2000.[2]
Matthew Stevens (9)
  Wales
10–8 Ken Doherty (7)
  Ireland
Afternoon: 126–4 (118), 61–51 (Stevens 50), 50–68, 96–0 (96), 85–22 (65), 87–0 (87), 2–102 (78), 59–70
Evening: 122–0 (122), 17–83 (60), 72–47 (56), 9–96, 58–14, 78–34 (61), 0–144 (140), 22–82, 0–85 (85), 101–1 (63)
122 Highest break 140
2 Century breaks 1
9 50+ breaks 4

QualifyingEdit

Ali Carter won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1999 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[4] Karl Burrows made his only maximum break against Adrian Rosa.[5]

Century breaksEdit

Total: 13[6]

Jimmy White's century was scored in the wild-card round.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "February 14 down the years: Torvill and Dean's Bolero". ESPN. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters 2000". Snooker.org. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  6. ^ "2000 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.