2008 Masters (snooker)
|Dates||13–20 January 2008|
|Total prize fund||£460,000|
|Highest break|| Mark Selby (141)|
Ken Doherty (141)
Mark Selby won the tournament on his first attempt by defeating Stephen Lee 10–3 in the final. In the final frame, he tied Ken Doherty for the highest break of the tournament, recording a total clearance of 141.
This was the first time since 2003 that Ronnie O'Sullivan had failed to reach the final; the defending champion lost 5–6 to Stephen Maguire in the first round.
Facts and figuresEdit
- Ryan Day potted 15 reds and 14 blacks in his wild-card match against Barry Hawkins before attempting a long black in an attempt to achieve a 147, instead of potting a straightforward brown and getting an almost assured 144.
- Peter Ebdon also was on for a 147, but missed the last-but-one red in his quarter-final match against Stephen Lee.
- Ding Junhui won his match against John Higgins 6–4, needing a snooker in the last frame with the last 5 colours remaining.
- Mark Williams scored his first century of the season (a 118) in winning the first two frames against Ken Doherty, before losing the next six.
- Ken Doherty was 4–1 down to Shaun Murphy, but made three centuries in four frames in winning 6–5.
- Seven matches went to a deciding frame (6–5).
- Two first-round matches went to the last black: Stephen Lee's match against Graeme Dott, where he came from 5–2 down to win 5–6; and Marco Fu also won on the black in defeating Neil Robertson.
- Mark Selby won three deciding-frame matches in reaching the final, coming from 5–3 to beat both Stephen Hendry and Stephen Maguire 6–5, and he also beat Ken Doherty by the same scoreline in his semi-final.
- Michaela Tabb became the first woman to referee a Masters final. She had already refereed the Welsh Open final in 2007.
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was the number 1 seed with World Champion John Higgins 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, Barry Hawkins (ranked 19), and wild-card selection Marco Fu (ranked 27). Mark Selby was making his debut in the Masters.
The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:
- Winner: £2,000
- Runner Up: £680
- Semi-final: £250
- Quarter-final: £105
- Total: £3,600
|WC1||Monday 14 January||Steve Davis (15)||2–6||Marco Fu|
|WC2||Sunday 13 January||Ryan Day (16)||6–2||Barry Hawkins|
|Last 16 |
Best of 11 frames
Best of 11 frames
Best of 11 frames
Best of 19 frames
|Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Michaela Tabb.|
Wembley Arena, London, England, 20 January 2008.
|Mark Selby (11)
|10–3||Stephen Lee (13)|
|Afternoon: 50–65, 124–1 (124), 88–0 (88), 21–77, 13–61, 76–16, 79–1 (60), 73–9|
Evening: 132–0 (132), 76–32, 72–52, 125–5 (125), 141–0 (141)
The 2007 Masters Qualifying Event was held between 7 September and 12 September 2007 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The winner of this series of matches, who qualified for the tournament, was Barry Hawkins.
Main stage centuriesEdit
Qualifying stage centuriesEdit
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