1998 Masters (snooker)
|Dates||1–8 February 1998|
|Venue||Wembley Conference Centre|
|Total prize fund||£535,000|
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. 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. The highest break of the tournament was 142 made by Andy Hicks.
The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below: Winner: £145,000
High Break: £16,000
Wild card round
|WC1||Darren Morgan||5–4||Andy Hicks|
|WC2||Stephen Lee (16)||5–1||Jimmy White|
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Alan Chamberlain
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 8 February 1998
|Stephen Hendry (1)
|9–10||Mark Williams (4)
|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
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