1991 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates3–10 February 1991
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£350,000
Winner's share£100,000
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Dennis Taylor (135)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Mike Hallett
Score9–8
1990
1992

The 1991 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 3 and 10 February 1991 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. The highest break of the tournament was a 135 compiled by Dennis Taylor, for which he earned £7,500.

In the final, defending champion Stephen Hendry performed what is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in snooker,[1] when he defeated Mike Hallett 9–8, after trailing 0–7 and 2–8 earlier in the match. With the Masters title in his sights, Hallett just needed to pot the final pink and black in the eleventh frame to win the match, but he missed the pink with the rest at 8–2 up, allowing Hendry to take the frame and then make an historic recovery.

Places in the tournament were allocated to the top 16 players in the world rankings. World number one Stephen Hendry was the number 1 seed. Players seeded 15 and 16 (Tony Meo and Alain Robidoux) competed in the wild-card round against Alan McManus, who was the winner of the qualifying event, and Gary Wilkinson (ranked 19), who was the wild-card selection. Martin Clark (ranked 12), Alan McManus, Alain Robidoux, and Gary Wilkinson were making their Masters debuts.

Wild-card round[edit]

Match[2][3] Date Score
WC1 Sunday 3 February England Tony Meo (15) 5–3 England Gary Wilkinson
WC2 Monday 4 February Canada Alain Robidoux (16) 3–5 Scotland Alan McManus

Main draw[edit]

[2][3]

Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
            
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
14 England John Virgo 1
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
15 England Tony Meo 0
8 England Dean Reynolds 2
15 England Tony Meo 5
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
4 England Jimmy White 1
5 Wales Doug Mountjoy 4
9 England Steve James 5
9 England Steve James 4
4 England Jimmy White 5
4 England Jimmy White 5
12 England Martin Clark 1
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 9
7 England Mike Hallett 8
3 England John Parrott 5
11 England Willie Thorne 3
3 England John Parrott 2
6 Wales Terry Griffiths 5
6 Wales Terry Griffiths 5
10 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 2
6 Wales Terry Griffiths 3
7 England Mike Hallett 6
7 England Mike Hallett 5
Scotland Alan McManus 3
7 England Mike Hallett 5
13 England Neal Foulds 1
2 England Steve Davis 4
13 England Neal Foulds 5

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Street
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 10 February 1991.
Stephen Hendry
 Scotland
9–8 Mike Hallett
 England
First session: 59–84 (Hendry 59, Hallett 80), 4–58, 12–93 (53), 29–81, 41–87 (87), 7–88 (73), 0–77, 73–67 (60), 73–35, 58–70 (Hendry 53), 67–49, 61–50, 67–43, 72–15, 63–14, 64–57, 51–41
60 Highest break 87
0 Century breaks 0
3 50+ breaks 4

Qualifying[edit]

Alan McManus won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1990 Benson & Hedges Satellite Championship at the time.[4]

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 9[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vedat, Ismail (17 January 2014). "Snooker's greatest comeback: 'It took me six months to get over it'". ESPN UK. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "1991 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "1991 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.