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.

Field[edit]

Defending champion Steve Davis was the number 1 seed with World Champion Ken Doherty 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, Andy Hicks (ranked 19), and Jimmy White (ranked 21), who was the wild-card selection. Anthony Hamilton and Stephen Lee were making their debuts in the Masters.

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 wild-card players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[3][4]

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 1 February Wales Darren Morgan (15) 5–4 England Andy Hicks
WC2 Monday 2 February England Stephen Lee (16) 5–1 England Jimmy White

Main draw[edit]

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

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Alan Chamberlain
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 8 February 1998[3]
Mark Williams (5)
 Wales
10–9 Stephen Hendry (3)
 Scotland
Afternoon: 63–72, 68–34 (64), 45–79, 0–98 (98), 82–36, 0–121 (120), 6–70 (70), 80–66
Evening: 64–26, 104–1 (100), 0–106 (67), 87–2, 1–69, 44–73 (69), 0–78 (78), 72–60 (Hendry 54), 70–20 (69), 52–23, 63–56
100 Highest break 120
1 Century breaks 1
3 50+ breaks 7

Qualifying[edit]

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

Century breaks[edit]

[6]

Andy Hicks, Stephen Lee and Darren Morgan scored their century breaks in the wild-card round.

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. 
  6. ^ "1998 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.