1996 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 4–11 February 1996
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Winner's share £125,000
Highest break Scotland Stephen Hendry (144)
Final
Champion Scotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-up England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score 10–5
1995
1997

The 1996 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 4 and 11 February 1996 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. The last 16 and quarter-final rounds were extended from 9 to 11 frames while the final was extended from 17 to 19 frames.

Stephen Hendry won his sixth Masters title by defeating defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–5 in the final. Hendry won £125,000 and £10,000 for the highest break of the tournament (144).[1] During his quarter-final match Hendry also set the record of scoring 487 points without reply against Jimmy White.[2]

Field[edit]

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 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, Matthew Stevens (ranked 236), and Andy Hicks (ranked 17), who was the wild-card selection. Dave Harold, Andy Hicks and Matthew Stevens were making their debuts in the Masters.

Wild-card round[edit]

In the preliminary round, the qualifier and wild-card players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[1][3]

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 4 February Wales Terry Griffiths (15) 3–5 Wales Matthew Stevens
WC2 Monday 5 February England David Roe (16) 2–5 England Andy Hicks

Main draw[edit]

[1][3]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                       
1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
12 England Nigel Bond 5
1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
8 Wales Darren Morgan 4
8 Wales Darren Morgan 6
10 England Peter Ebdon 5
1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
England Andy Hicks 1
5 Thailand James Wattana 4
England Andy Hicks 6
England Andy Hicks 6
4 England John Parrott 3
4 England John Parrott 6
14 Malta Tony Drago 5
1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 10
3 England Steve Davis 6
9 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 0
3 England Steve Davis 4
6 Scotland Alan McManus 6
6 Scotland Alan McManus 6
Wales Matthew Stevens 5
6 Scotland Alan McManus 4
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
7 England Jimmy White 6
13 England Dave Harold 5
7 England Jimmy White 0
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
11 Scotland John Higgins 4

Qualifying[edit]

Matthew Stevens won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1995 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[4]

Century breaks[edit]

[5]

Andy Hicks's 125, 103 and 102 were scored in the wild-card round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters". Snooker.org. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: White becomes Brown". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 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. ^ "1996 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.