1998 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 1–8 February 1998
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £535,000
Winner's share £145,000
Highest break 142
Final
Champion Wales Mark Williams
Runner-up Scotland Stephen Hendry
Score 10–9
1997
1999

The 1998 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 1 and 8 February 1998 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

The final frame of final between Mark Williams and Stephen Hendry turned into a re-spotted black for the first time since Ray Reardon and John Spencer in the first final in 1975. Hendry had led 9–6, before Williams tied it to 9–9. Williams was then trailing 56–34 in the final frame, when he potted the brown and the remaining colours to tie the scores in the match, after Hendry missed the brown.[1] They then played seven shots on the black in a match similar to the 1985 World Championship final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis. Hendry then missed an easy black in the middle pocket before Williams potted it on the top left pocket in to claim his first Masters title.

After winning the £145,000 prize money, it was sent to another player named Mark Williams by mistake before it came to the champion. This led to him officially becoming known as Mark J. Williams.[2] The highest break of the tournament was 142 made by Andy Hicks.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below: Winner: £145,000
Runner-up: £75,000

High Break: £16,000

Total: £535,000

Wild card round[edit]

In the preliminary round, the wildcard players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[3][4]

Match Score
WC1 Wales Darren Morgan 5–4 England Andy Hicks
WC2 England Stephen Lee (16) 5–1 England Jimmy White

Main draw[edit]

[3][4]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  6
 England Stephen Lee  1  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  6
   England Nigel Bond  3  
 England Nigel Bond  6
7 February
 England Peter Ebdon  2  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  6
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  5  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  6
 Malta Tony Drago  4  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  6
   Thailand James Wattana  1  
 Thailand James Wattana  6
8 February
 England John Parrott  5  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  9
   Wales Mark Williams  10
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  6
 Canada Alain Robidoux  5  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  3
   England Steve Davis  6  
 England Steve Davis  6
7 February
 Wales Darren Morgan  2  
 England Steve Davis  3
   Wales Mark Williams  6  
 England Anthony Hamilton  6
 Scotland John Higgins  3  
 England Anthony Hamilton  3
   Wales Mark Williams  6  
 Wales Mark Williams  6
 Scotland Alan McManus  4  

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Alan Chamberlain
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 8 February 1998[3]
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
9–10 Mark Williams (4)
 Wales
Afternoon: 72–63, 34–68 (64), 79–45, 98–0 (98), 36–82, 121–0 (120), 70–6 (70), 66–80
Evening: 26–64, 1–104 (100), 106–0 (67), 2–87, 69–1, 73–44 (69), 78–0 (78), 60–72 (Hendry 54), 20–70 (69), 23–52, 56–63
120 Highest break 100
1 Century breaks 1
7 50+ breaks 3

Qualifying[edit]

Andy Hicks won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1997 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: White becomes Brown". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Weir, Stuart. "World Snooker: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the Crucible". Sunday Mail on HighBeam Research. Retrieved 22 May 2012.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters 1998". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ 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.