1999 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 7–14 February 1999
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £575,000
Winner's share £155,000
Highest break Wales Mark Williams (123)
Final
Champion Scotland John Higgins
Runner-up Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Score 10–8
1998
2000

The 1999 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 7 and 14 February 1999 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. The wild-card matches were extended from 9 to 11 frames.

John Higgins defeated Ken Doherty 10–8 in the final to win his first Masters title. He had also won the World title and UK title within the last year.

Field[edit]

Defending champion Mark Williams was the number 1 seed with World Champion John Higgins 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, David Gray (ranked 61), and Jimmy White (ranked 18), who was the wild-card selection. David Gray and Mark King were making their debuts in the Masters.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1]
Winner: £155,000
Runner-up: £80,000
Semi-finalist: £40,000
Quarter finalist: £26,000
Last 16: £15,000
Wild-card round: £9,000

High break Prize: £18,000
Maximum break: B&H Gold Award and a Honda car

Total: £575,000

Wild-card round[edit]

In the preliminary round, the wild-card players plays the 15th and 16th seeds:[1][2]

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 7 February Thailand James Wattana (15) 6–2 England David Gray
WC2 Sunday 7 February England Mark King (16) 6–5 England Jimmy White

Main draw[edit]

[1][2]

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                       
1 Wales Mark Williams 6
13 England Nigel Bond 0
1 Wales Mark Williams 4
8 Scotland Alan McManus 6
8 Scotland Alan McManus 6
9 England Stephen Lee 2
8 Scotland Alan McManus 3
5 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
5 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
14 England Steve Davis 4
5 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
4 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 2
4 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
15 Thailand James Wattana 5
5 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 8
2 Scotland John Higgins 10
3 Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
10 Malta Tony Drago 6
10 Malta Tony Drago 5
11 England Anthony Hamilton 6
6 England John Parrott 4
11 England Anthony Hamilton 6
11 England Anthony Hamilton 3
2 Scotland John Higgins 6
7 England Peter Ebdon 5
16 England Mark King 6
16 England Mark King 1
2 Scotland John Higgins 6
2 Scotland John Higgins 6
12 Canada Alain Robidoux 1

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames.
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 14 February 1999.[1]
Ken Doherty (5)
 Ireland
8–10 John Higgins (2)
 Scotland
Afternoon: 31–83, 69–52, 60–66 (66), 34–61, 72–1, 27–80 (76), 76–31, 56–21
Evening: 0–78 (78), 20–88, 97-29 (90), 109–0 (109), 73–10 (59), 95–7 (95)
0–88 (64), 43–81, 15–69, 35–72
109 Highest break 78
1 Century breaks 0
4 50+ breaks 4

Qualifying[edit]

David Gray won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1998 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[3]

Century breaks[edit]

[4]

James Wattana's century was scored in the wild-card round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Benson & Hedges Masters 1999". Snooker.org. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "1999 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.