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1991 World Masters

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The World Masters, known for sponsorship reasons as the Mita/Sky World Masters, was a snooker tournament held in January 1991. Conceived by promoter Barry Hearn, the tournament had a similar format to the Grand Slam events in tennis, with men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, mixed doubles and a junior competition.[1] As in tennis, players had to win a match by two clear frames. If a match was tied going into a final frame, an additional two frames would be played. If the players were still level, there would be a tie break deciding frame with just one red and all the colours.

World Masters
Tournament information
VenueNational Exhibition Centre
LocationBirmingham
CountryEngland
Established1991
Organisation(s)Matchroom Sport
FormatNon-Ranking event
Final year1991

There was controversy when Alex Higgins was invited to participate, despite being banned from snooker for the whole of the 1990/1991 season for punching an official at the 1990 World Championship, as the World Masters was not a WPBSA-run event. A number of players, among them reigning world champion Stephen Hendry, were unhappy with Higgins' inclusion and threatened to boycott the event if he appeared in it. Higgins voluntarily withdrew, and Hendry took his place in the tournament.

Staged at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, it carried a record amount of prize money; the winner of the men's singles won £200,000, more than the world champion would receive that year.[1][2] During the tournament James Wattana made the ninth official maximum break against Paul Dawkins.[3] However, the break was not filmed due to it being on one of the outside tables. Meanwhile, a 13-year-old Quinten Hann became the youngest player to make a televised century break. The tournament was subsequently unable to find sponsorship, and was not staged again.[1]

The tournament was televised by the original incarnation of Eurosport. Coverage was presented by Dickie Davies, who had presented snooker on ITV until 1989. Matthew Lorenzo was the 'roving reporter'. The commentary team was Peter Brackley, Mike Watterson, Jim Wych, Paul Wade, Willie Jameson and Phil Yates. Alternative commentary was available in other languages across continental Europe, including from long-time commentator Rolf Kalb in Germany.

WinnersEdit

[1]

Event Winner(s) Runner(s)-up Final score
Men's Singles   Jimmy White   Tony Drago 10–6
Women's Singles   Karen Corr   Stacey Hillyard 6–2
Men's Doubles   Mike Hallett
  Stephen Hendry
  Brady Gollan
  Jim Wych
8–5
Women's Doubles   Allison Fisher
  Stacey Hillyard
  Karen Corr
  Anne-Marie Farren
5–2
Mixed Doubles   Steve Davis
  Allison Fisher
  Jimmy White
  Caroline Walch
6–3
Juniors (under-16s)   John Higgins   Mark Williams 6–1

Main draw (men's singles)Edit

Last 64
Best of 11 (or 13) frames
Last 32
Best of 11 (or 13) frames
Last 16
Best of 13 (or 15) frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 15 (or 17) frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 (or 19) frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                  
  Stephen Hendry 6
  Udon Khaimuk 0
  Stephen Hendry 4
  James Wattana 6
  James Wattana 6
  Rene Dikstra 0
  James Wattana 7
  Joe Johnson 4
  Joe Johnson 6
  Mike Colquitt 4
  Joe Johnson 7
  Alain Robidoux 5
  Alain Robidoux 6
  Kieran McAlinden 2
  James Wattana 8
  Peter Francisco 2
  Peter Francisco 6
  David Taylor 4
  Peter Francisco 6
  Nigel Bond 3
  Nigel Bond 6
  Steve James 4
  Peter Francisco 7
  Tony Chappel 4
  Tony Chappel 6
  Bob Chaperon 2
  Tony Chappel 6
  Jason Prince 3
  Jason Prince 6
  Dean Reynolds 2
  James Wattana 8
  Jimmy White 10
  Jonathan Birch 6
  Sim Siak Chong 0
  Jonathan Birch 7
  Ken Doherty 5
  Ken Doherty 6
  Doug Mountjoy 1
  Jonathan Birch 4
  Steve Longworth 7
  Stefan Mazrocis 6
  Dave Harold 3
  Stefan Mazrocis 2
  Steve Longworth 6
  Steve Longworth 6
  Jim Rempe 0
  Steve Longworth 6
  Jimmy White 8
  Neal Foulds 6
  Claudio Ravagnani 0
  Neal Foulds 4
  Brady Gollan 6
  Brady Gollan 6
  Steve Newbury 4
  Brady Gollan 0
  Jimmy White 7
  Jimmy White 6
  Mark Johnston-Allen 3
  Jimmy White 6
  Danny Fowler 2
  Danny Fowler 6
  Kirk Stevens 4
  Jimmy White 10
  Tony Drago 6
  Steve Davis 6
  Les Dodd 3
  Steve Davis 6
  Euan Henderson 3
  Euan Henderson 6
  Joe Swail 3
  Steve Davis 7
  Tony Meo 5
  Paul Davies 6
  Cliff Thorburn 2
  Paul Davies 2
  Tony Meo 6
  Tony Meo 6
  Mohammed el Kamah 0
  Steve Davis 5
  Darren Morgan 8
  Darren Morgan 6
  Eugene Hughes 4
  Darren Morgan 6
  Dennis Taylor 4
  Dennis Taylor 6
  Dave Finbow 3
  Darren Morgan 8
  Mike Hallett 7
  Silvino Francisco 6
  Stephen O'Connor 2
  Silvino Francisco 2
  Mike Hallett 6
  Mike Hallett 6
  Jyri Virtanen 1
  Darren Morgan 7
  Tony Drago 9
  Nick Dyson 7
  Warren King 5
  Nick Dyson 3
  Terry Griffiths 6
  Terry Griffiths 6
  Jason Whittaker 2
  Terry Griffiths 8
  Willie Thorne 7
  Willie Thorne 7
  Mark Bennett 6
  Willie Thorne 6
  Wayne Jones 3
  Wayne Jones 6
  Paul Mifsud 2
  Terry Griffiths 8
  Tony Drago 9
  Mike Henson 7
  BVS Murthy 6
  Mike Henson 3
  Gary Wilkinson 6
  Gary Wilkinson 6
  Alan McManus 2
  Gary Wilkinson 5
  Tony Drago 7
  Tony Drago 6
  Tony Jones 3
  Tony Drago 6
  John Parrott 2
  John Parrott 6
  George Loizides 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Mita / Sky World Masters". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  2. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2010.

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