1983 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 23–30 January 1983
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £55,000
Winner's share £16,000
Highest break Wales Terry Griffiths (128)
Final
Champion Canada Cliff Thorburn
Runner-up Wales Ray Reardon
Score 9–7
1982
1984

The 1983 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between from Sunday 23 January to Sunday 30 January 1983 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. The event was increased to 16 players and extended from 6 to 8 days. Although there were 16 players they were not the top 16 ranked players that would compete in the following years. BBC Television coverage did not start until 26 January and so only two of the eight first round matches were televised.

Cliff Thorburn of Canada became the first overseas player to win the competition beating Ray Reardon in the final to win the first of his three titles. The first round match between Bill Werbeniuk and Alex Higgins made a record crowd at the Conference Centre of 2,876. The highest break of the tournament was 128 made by Terry Griffiths.

Field[edit]

For the first time there were 16 players in the event. Alex Higgins, the World Champion was the number 1 seed with Steve Davis, the defending champion seeded 2. Places were allocated to the leading 8 players in the world rankings. 6 players qualified (Bill Werbeniuk (ranked 9), John Virgo (ranked 19), Dean Reynolds (ranked 22), Tony Meo (ranked 24), Joe Johnson and Mark Wildman) and there were 2 wild-card entries, Jimmy White (ranked 10) and Terry Griffiths (ranked 14).[1] Joe Johnson, Dean Reynolds and Mark Wildman were making their debuts in the Masters.

Main draw[edit]

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Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
                       
1 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 4
Canada Bill Werbeniuk 5
Canada Bill Werbeniuk 3
5 Australia Eddie Charlton 5
5 Australia Eddie Charlton 5
England Tony Meo 3
5 Australia Eddie Charlton 5
4 Canada Cliff Thorburn 6
6 Canada Kirk Stevens 3
Wales Terry Griffiths 5
Wales Terry Griffiths 3
4 Canada Cliff Thorburn 5
4 Canada Cliff Thorburn 5
England Joe Johnson 2
4 Canada Cliff Thorburn 9
3 Wales Ray Reardon 7
3 Wales Ray Reardon 5
England Dean Reynolds 1
3 Wales Ray Reardon 5
England Jimmy White 2
8 England David Taylor 2
England Jimmy White 5
3 Wales Ray Reardon 6
7 Wales Doug Mountjoy 3
7 Wales Doug Mountjoy 5
England John Virgo 1
7 Wales Doug Mountjoy 5
2 England Steve Davis 4
2 England Steve Davis 5
England Mark Wildman 2

Century breaks[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Davis start favourite". The Times. 22 January 1983. p. 17. 
  2. ^ "1983 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "1983 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.