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The 2006 SAGA Insurance Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place from 15 to 22 January 2006 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. It was the 32nd edition of the tournament, and the last time that the tournament was held at this venue. The tournament was part of the 2005/2006 season.

SAGA Insurance Masters
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Tournament information
Dates15–22 January 2006
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Winner's share£125,000
Highest breakEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan (139)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score10–9
2005
2007

John Higgins won his 2nd Masters title by defeating defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–9 in a reverse of last year’s final.

Contents

FieldEdit

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was the number 1 seed with World Champion Shaun Murphy seeded 2. Places were allocated to the leading players in the world rankings. With Murphy having a ranking of 21, Ian McCulloch, ranked 16, was not an automatic invitation. Players seeded 15 and 16 played in the wild-card round against the winner of the qualifying event, Stuart Bingham (ranked 37), and McCulloch, who was the wild-card selection. Stuart Bingham and Ian McCulloch were making their debuts in the Masters.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1]

Qualifying stageEdit

  • Winner: £2,000
  • Runner-up: £680
  • Semi-final: £250
  • Quarter-final: £105
  • Total: £3,600

Televised stageEdit

Wild-card roundEdit

In the preliminary "wild-card round", the two wild-card players were drawn against the players seeded 15th and 16th:[2][3][4][5][6]

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 15 January   Joe Perry (15) 3–6   Ian McCulloch
WC2 Sunday 15 January   Steve Davis (16) 4–6   Stuart Bingham

Main drawEdit

[2][3][4][5][6]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
  Ian McCulloch 0
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
8   Peter Ebdon 2
8   Peter Ebdon 6
  Stuart Bingham 4
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
11   Stephen Lee 5
5   Matthew Stevens 3
14   Graeme Dott 6
14   Graeme Dott 5
11   Stephen Lee 6
4   Stephen Maguire 0
11   Stephen Lee 6
1   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
7   John Higgins 10
3   Stephen Hendry 4
13   Alan McManus 6
13   Alan McManus 6
10   Mark Williams 4
6   Paul Hunter 3
10   Mark Williams 6
13   Alan McManus 2
7   John Higgins 6
7   John Higgins 6
9   Jimmy White 3
7   John Higgins 6
2   Shaun Murphy 4
2   Shaun Murphy 6
12   Ken Doherty 5

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Eirian Williams
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 22 January 2006.[2][4]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
  England
9–10 John Higgins (7)
  Scotland
Afternoon: 60–48, 139–0 (139), 138–0 (138), 0–73 (73), 0–80 (80), 20–48, 27–66, 0–71
Evening: 91–44 (91), 100–30 (56), 0–81 (81), 6–86 (68), 72–46, 100–5 (100), 1–71 (62), 62–53, 65–5 (58), 1–83, 60–64 (60, 64)
139 Highest break 80
3 Century breaks 0
4 50+ breaks 6

QualifyingEdit

The 2005 Masters Qualifying Event was held between 20 and 23 November 2005 at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales. The winner who qualified for the tournament, was Stuart Bingham.[7][8]

  Last 48
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 9 frames
Final
Best of 11 frames
                                                         
  Rory McLeod 4       Anthony Hamilton 3  
  Joe Jogia 3       Rory McLeod 5  
    Rory McLeod 5  
    Tony Drago 3  
  James Tatton 1   Tony Drago 5
  Simon Bedford 4       Simon Bedford 1  
    Rory McLeod 5  
    Barry Hawkins 3  
  Matthew Couch 1       Barry Hawkins 5  
  Andrew Norman 4       Andrew Norman 2  
    Barry Hawkins 5
    Patrick Wallace 1  
  Patrick Wallace 4   Robert Milkins w/d
  Rod Lawler 2       Patrick Wallace w/o  
    Rory McLeod 4  
    Stuart Bingham 5  
  Marcus Campbell 4       Nigel Bond 4  
  Gary Wilson 0       Marcus Campbell 5  
    Marcus Campbell 5
    Michael Judge 3  
  Michael Judge w/o   Gerard Greene 0
  Adam Davies w/d       Michael Judge 5  
    Marcus Campbell 0
    Stuart Bingham 5  
  Ricky Walden 3       Stuart Bingham 5  
  David Roe 4       David Roe 2  
    Stuart Bingham 5
    Robin Hull 3  
  Robin Hull 4   David Gray 2
  Mark Allen 1       Robin Hull 5  
  Stuart Bingham 6
  Ali Carter 3
  Justin Astley w/o       Ali Carter 5  
  James McBain w/d       Justin Astley 2  
    Ali Carter 5  
    Ryan Day 2  
  Chris Norbury 2   Ryan Day 5
  Alfie Burden 4       Alfie Burden 3  
    Ali Carter 5  
    Fergal O'Brien 4  
  Fergal O'Brien w/o       Neil Robertson 2  
  Brian Morgan w/d       Fergal O'Brien 5  
    Fergal O'Brien 5
    Lee Spick 2  
  Lee Spick w/o   Marco Fu 2
  Sean Storey w/d       Lee Spick 5  
    Ali Carter 5
    Joe Swail 3  
  Dave Harold 2       Michael Holt 5  
  Judd Trump 4       Judd Trump 2  
    Michael Holt 2
    Joe Swail 5  
  Joe Swail 4   Mark Selby 2
  Stuart Mann 0       Joe Swail 5  
    Joe Swail 5
    Ding Junhui 4  
  Jamie Cope 4       John Parrott 0  
  Leo Fernandez 2       Jamie Cope 5  
    Jamie Cope 1
    Ding Junhui 5  
  Tom Ford 3   Barry Pinches 2
  Ding Junhui 4       Ding Junhui 5  

Century breaksEdit

Televised stage centuriesEdit

Total: 11[4]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Preisgeld Masters 2006". brownball.de. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
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  3. ^ a b "2006 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "2006 SAGA Masters". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 20 April 2006.
  5. ^ a b "2006 SAGA Insurance Masters results". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 27 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b "2005 Saga Masters Qualifying event". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 6 April 2006.
  8. ^ "2005 Master Qualifying Event results". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 25 November 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2012.