1997 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 2–9 February 1997
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Winner's share £130,000
Highest break England Steve Davis (130)
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score 10–8
1996
1998

The 1997 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 2 and 9 February 1997 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Steve Davis won his third Masters title, nine years after his last win in 1988, by defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. O'Sullivan, who was playing in his third consecutive Masters final, took an 8–4 lead before Davis came back to win six successive frames and clinch the title with a 10–8 victory.[1]

The final was notable for featuring snooker's first ever streaker, 22-year-old secretary Lianne Crofts, who invaded the playing area at the beginning of the third frame. After stewards removed her from the arena, O'Sullivan amused the crowd by comically wiping the brow of veteran referee John Street, who was refereeing his final match of his career.[1][2]

The wild-card players included Paul Hunter, who won 3 Masters titles in 4 years. The highest break of the tournament was 130 made by Steve Davis.

Field[edit]

Stephen Hendry, defending champion and World Champion was the number 1 seed. 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, Brian Morgan (ranked 49), and Paul Hunter (ranked 78), who was the wild-card selection. Paul Hunter and Brian Morgan were making their debuts in the Masters.

Prize fund[edit]

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

  • Winner: £130,000
  • Runner-up: £65,000
  • High Break Prize: £15,000

Wild-card round[edit]

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

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 2 February Malta Tony Drago (15) 2–5 England Brian Morgan
WC2 Monday 3 February Wales Mark Williams (16) 5–1 England Paul Hunter

Main draw[edit]

[3][4]

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

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: John Street.
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 9 February 1997.[3][5]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (8)
 England
8–10 Steve Davis (10)
 England
Afternoon: 116–0 (116), 113–0 (113), 13–72, 67–38, 50–78, 123–0 (63,60), 46–62 (50), 1–63
Evening: 96–32 (96), 72–52 (72), 122–7 (121), 75–4 (67), 0–109 (64), 27–60, 1–130 (130), 48–63, 46–74 (56), 1–68
121 Highest break 130
3 Century breaks 1
8 50+ breaks 4

Qualifying[edit]

Brian Morgan won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1996 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[6]

Century breaks[edit]

[5]

Brian Morgan's century was scored in the wild-card round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Benson & Hedges Masters 1997". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Winning streak continues". BBC Sport. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters 1997". Snooker.org. 
  4. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "1996 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  6. ^ 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.