2003 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 2–9 February 2003
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £695,000
Winner's share £210,000
Highest break 144
Final
Champion Wales Mark Williams
Runner-up Scotland Stephen Hendry
Score 10–4
2002
2004

The 2003 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 2 and 9 February 2003 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Paul Hunter, who was aiming to win his third title in a row lost 3-6 to Mark Williams in the semi-final, before Williams went on to beat Stephen Hendry in the final 10-4 to win his second Masters title. Hendry meanwhile got the highest break of the championship with a 144 against Ken Doherty in his semi-final match. Hendry also failed a 147 during his quarter-final match against local favourite Jimmy White after failing to pot the final pink.

This was the last Masters to be sponsored by Benson & Hedges after the ban on tobacco advertising which came into effect in summer 2003. Regal also needed to end the sponsorship of the Scottish Masters, the Welsh Open and Scottish Open after 2002/2003 season, but Embassy could continue to sponsor the World Championship until 2005.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

  • Winner: £210,000
  • Runner-up: £105,000
  • Total: £695,000

Wildcard Round[edit]

[1][2][3]

Match Score
WC1[4] Scotland Alan McManus (15) 6-5 England Mark Davis
WC2[5] Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16) 3-6 England Steve Davis

Main draw[edit]

[1][2][3][6]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
[7]            
 England Paul Hunter  6
[8]
 Scotland Alan McManus  4  
 England Paul Hunter  6
[5]
   England Stephen Lee  1  
 England Stephen Lee  6
[9]
 Australia Quinten Hann  4  
 England Paul Hunter  3
[7]
   Wales Mark Williams  6  
 Scotland John Higgins  6
[10]
 England Steve Davis  2  
 Scotland John Higgins  3
[4]
   Wales Mark Williams  6  
 Wales Mark Williams  6
[11]
 Scotland Graeme Dott  3  
 Wales Mark Williams  10
[5]
   Scotland Stephen Hendry  4
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  6
[12]
 England Joe Perry  1  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  5
[4]
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  6  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  6
[13]
 Wales Matthew Stevens  5  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  3
[14]
   Scotland Stephen Hendry  6  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  6
[15]
 England Mark King  1  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  6
[16]
   England Jimmy White  4  
 England Jimmy White  6
 England Peter Ebdon  5  

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames.
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 9 February 2003.[1][11]
Mark Williams
 Wales
10–4 Stephen Hendry
 Scotland
Afternoon: 69-5, 0-123 (70), 82-1 (82), 76-1, 67-47, 74-35 (59), 67-43, 0-102 (102)
Evening: 59-12, 27-101 (101), 50-67, 68-36, 61-1 (60), 83-0 (82)
82 Highest break 102
0 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 3

Qualifying[edit]

The 2002 Masters Qualifying Event was held between 21 and 31 November 2002 at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales. The winner of this series of matches, who qualified for the tournament, was Mark Davis.[17] Tony Drago made his first and to date only maximum break against Stuart Bingham.[18]

Century breaks[edit]

[2]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Jones, Clive (8 February 2003). "Hendry breaks Doherty resistance". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Shea, Julian (5 February 2003). "Hendry sets up White clash". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
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