1995 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 5–12 February 1995
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Winner's share £120,000
Highest break Scotland Stephen Hendry (141)
Final
Champion England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up Scotland John Higgins
Score 9–3
1994
1996

The 1995 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 5 and 12 February 1995 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

The wild-card players were John Higgins, who had won the 1994 Grand Prix, and Mark Williams, who won the 1994 Benson & Hedges Championship. Both of them were 19 years old.

Higgins defeated Tony Drago, Darren Morgan, defending champion Alan McManus and Jimmy White, before losing 3–9 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. At the age of 19 years and 69 days O'Sullivan became the youngest Masters champion.[1] Stephen Hendry meanwhile failed to make the final for the first time in his Masters career, losing to Peter Ebdon 3–5 in the quarter-finals.[2]

Field[edit]

Defending champion Alan McManus was the number 1 seed with World Champion Stephen Hendry 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, Mark Williams (ranked 58), and John Higgins (ranked 51), who was the wild-card selection. Tony Drago, John Higgins, Joe Swail and Mark Williams were making their debuts in the Masters.

Wild-card round[edit]

In the preliminary round the wild-card players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[3][4][5][6]

Match Date Score
WC1 Monday 6 February England Willie Thorne (15) 0–5 Wales Mark Williams
WC2 Sunday 5 February Malta Tony Drago (16) 3–5 Scotland John Higgins

Main draw[edit]

[3][4][5][6]

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 Alan McManus 5
13 England David Roe 3
1 Scotland Alan McManus 2
Scotland John Higgins 5
8 Wales Darren Morgan 2
Scotland John Higgins 5
Scotland John Higgins 6
5 England Jimmy White 1
5 England Jimmy White 5
12 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 2
5 England Jimmy White 5
4 Thailand James Wattana 3
4 Thailand James Wattana 5
Wales Mark Williams 4
Scotland John Higgins 3
9 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
3 England Steve Davis 3
14 Wales Terry Griffiths 5
14 Wales Terry Griffiths 2
9 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
6 England John Parrott 4
9 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
9 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
10 England Peter Ebdon 4
7 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
10 England Peter Ebdon 5
10 England Peter Ebdon 5
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
11 England Nigel Bond 1

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames.
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 12 February 1995.[3][5]
John Higgins
 Scotland
3–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan (9)
 England
Afternoon: 64–52, 50–63, 9–74 (68), 5–67, 36–65 (53), 0–82 (82), 117–4 (73), 0–82 (55)
Evening: 7–88, 91–0 (91), 47–84, 19–73 (57[7])
91 Highest break 82
0 Century breaks 0
2 50+ breaks 5

Qualifying[edit]

Mark Williams won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1994 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[8]

Century breaks[edit]

[9]

Tony Drago's century and John Higgins's 106 were scored 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. ^ Turner, Chris. "The Masters". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "1995 Benson & Hedges Masters". Snooker.org. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "1995 Masters Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "1995 Benson & Hedges Masters". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 19 November 2005. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "O'Sullivan wins battle of young masters". The Times. 13 February 1995. p. 25. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "1995 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.