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The 2007 SAGA Insurance Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place from 14 to 21 January 2007 at the Wembley Arena in London, England. It was the 33rd edition of the tournament. In a slight change for 2007, there were 19 competitors, as opposed to 18 up until 2006. The top 16 seeds for ranking events were automatically invited, while the other players entered a qualifying tournament for the right to one of three wild-card places. The two remaining places were granted by the game's governing body at their discretion to Jimmy White and Ding Junhui. Stuart Bingham won the qualifying tournament.

SAGA Insurance Masters
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Tournament information
Dates14–21 January 2007
VenueWembley Arena
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Winner's share£130,000
Highest breakChina Ding Junhui (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upChina Ding Junhui
Score10–3
2006
2008

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 3rd Masters title by defeating Ding Junhui 10–3 in the final. With a noticeably partisan crowd, a visibly upset Ding went to shake O'Sullivan's hand after the latter won the 12th frame to go 9–3 in front, apparently believing that the match was over. The two walked arm-in-arm out of the arena. After O'Sullivan clinched the match in the following frame, it later transpired that Ding had indeed believed the match was best-of-17 frames.

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FieldEdit

Defending champion John Higgins was the number 1 seed with World Champion Graeme Dott seeded 2. Places were allocated to the top 16 players in the world rankings. Players seeded 14, 15 and 16 played in the wild-card round against the winner of the qualifying event, Stuart Bingham (ranked 24), and two wild-card selections, Ding Junhui (ranked 27) and Jimmy White (ranked 34). This was the only time that there were three matches in the wild-card round. Barry Hawkins was making his debut 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 three wild-card players were drawn against the players seeded 14th, 15th and 16th:[2][3][4] During the course of his match against Anthony Hamilton, Ding Junhui became the 28th and youngest ever player to score a maximum 147 break on live television. Aged 19 years and 288 days, he broke the previous record set by Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1997 who was then 21 years and 137 days old. This was also just the second maximum in the history of the Masters.[5]

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 14 January   Matthew Stevens (14) 6–1   Jimmy White
WC2 Sunday 14 January   Ali Carter (15) 6–5   Stuart Bingham
WC3 Sunday 14 January   Anthony Hamilton (16) 3–6   Ding Junhui

Main drawEdit

[2][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   John Higgins 5
9   Stephen Maguire 6
9   Stephen Maguire 6
13   Neil Robertson 2
8   Mark Williams 0
13   Neil Robertson 6
9   Stephen Maguire 4
5   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
5   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
15   Ali Carter 1
5   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
4   Ken Doherty 5
4   Ken Doherty 6
12   Barry Hawkins 3
5   Ronnie O'Sullivan 10
  Ding Junhui 3
3   Stephen Hendry 6
14   Matthew Stevens 5
3   Stephen Hendry 6
6   Shaun Murphy 3
6   Shaun Murphy 6
11   Steve Davis 3
3   Stephen Hendry 2
  Ding Junhui 6
7   Peter Ebdon 3
  Ding Junhui 6
  Ding Junhui 6
10   Stephen Lee 2
2   Graeme Dott 2
10   Stephen Lee 6

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee:   Jan Verhaas.
Wembley Arena, London, England, 21 January 2007.[2][3]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)
  England
10–3 Ding Junhui
  China
Afternoon: 1–77 (77), 16–109 (109), 62–1 (55), 99–22 (99), 128–0 (128), 101–37 (101), 64–72 (O'Sullivan 58), 116–4 (116)
Evening: 96–0 (96), 66–65 (66, 65), 143–11 (143), 97–0, 121–12 (74)
143 Highest break 109
4 Century breaks 1
10 50+ breaks 3

QualifyingEdit

The 2006 Masters Qualifying Event were held between 4 and 9 November 2006 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, England. The winner of this series of matches, who qualified for the tournament, was Stuart Bingham.[6]

Last 64
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
                  
  Ryan Day
Bye
  Ryan Day 5
  Matthew Couch 2
  Matthew Couch 4
  Liu Song 2
  Ryan Day 5
  Gerard Greene 3
  Gerard Greene 4
  James Leadbetter 2
  Gerard Greene 5
  Dene O'Kane 4
  Lee Spick 3
  Dene O'Kane 4
  Ryan Day 2
  David Gray 5
  Barry Pinches 4
  Mohammed Shehab 3
  Barry Pinches 5
  Jamie Burnett 4
  Jamie Burnett 4
  David Morris 3
  Barry Pinches 2
  David Gray 5
  David Gray
Bye
  David Gray 5
  Judd Trump 4
  Judd Trump 4
  Andrew Higginson 2
  David Gray 2
  Stuart Bingham 5
  Stuart Bingham
Bye
  Stuart Bingham 5
  Paul Davison 1
  Jamie Cope w/d
  Paul Davison w/o
  Stuart Bingham 5
  Mark King 1
  Mark King
Bye
  Mark King 5
  Mark Allen 4
  Mark Allen 4
  Robert Stephen 1
  Stuart Bingham 5
  Michael Holt 3
  Ricky Walden 4
  Tian Pengfei 1
  Ricky Walden 5
  Alex Borg 3
  David Roe 0
  Alex Borg 4
  Ricky Walden 1
  Michael Holt 5
  Michael Holt
Bye
  Michael Holt 5
  Chris Norbury 0
  Chris Norbury 4
  Patrick Einsle 1
  Stuart Bingham 6
  Mark Selby 2
  Nigel Bond
Bye
  Nigel Bond 5
  Mark Joyce 3
  Marcus Campbell 3
  Mark Joyce 4
  Nigel Bond 2
  Joe Swail 5
  Joe Swail
Bye
  Joe Swail 5
  Tom Ford 1
  Tom Ford w/o
  Alfie Burden w/d
  Joe Swail 0
  Mark Selby 5
  Mark Selby
Bye
  Mark Selby 5
  Ben Woollaston 3
  Robin Hull 1
  Ben Woollaston 4
  Mark Selby 5
  Ian McCulloch 3
  Ian McCulloch
Bye
  Ian McCulloch 5
  Passakorn Suwannawat 0
  Joe Jogia 1
  Passakorn Suwannawat 4
  Mark Selby 5
  Marco Fu 2
  Marco Fu
Bye
  Marco Fu 5
  Paul Davies 0
  Paul Davies 4
  Jamie Jones 0
  Marco Fu 5
  Issara Kachaiwong 0
  Michael Judge 2
  Issara Kachaiwong 4
  Issara Kachaiwong 5
  Jeff Cundy 4
  Jimmy Michie 2
  Jeff Cundy 4
  Marco Fu 5
  Liang Wenbo 4
  Dave Harold 4
  Sean Storey 1
  Dave Harold 3
  Andrew Norman 5
  Andrew Norman 4
  Lee Page 0
  Andrew Norman 2
  Liang Wenbo 5
  Joe Perry
Bye
  Joe Perry 3
  Liang Wenbo 5
  Fergal O'Brien 1
  Liang Wenbo 4

Century breaksEdit

Televised stage centuriesEdit

Total: 26[3]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Preisgeld Masters 2007". brownball.de. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "SAGA Insurance Masters 2007". Snooker.org. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "2007 Saga Masters". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008.
  4. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Ding compiles maximum at Masters". BBC Sport. 14 January 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  6. ^ a b "2006 Saga Masters Qualifying Event". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008.