2001 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 4–11 February 2001
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £650,000
Winner's share £175,000
Highest break England Paul Hunter (136)
England Jimmy White (136)
Final
Champion England Paul Hunter
Runner-up Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien
Score 10–9
2000
2002

The 2001 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 4 and 11 February 2001 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Paul Hunter won the first of his three Masters titles by defeating Fergal O'Brien in a dramatic final match. O'Brien had led 6–2 at the end of the afternoon session, but Hunter dominated the evening session by compiling four century breaks in six frames to lead 9–8 and finally winning the title 10–9 after a long final frame.

Also in the competition, Steve Davis had failed to compete for the first time since 1980, after he had dropped out of the top 16 the previous season and was denied a wild-card. Jimmy White took the wild-card entry as he was the local favourite. A future World Champion Shaun Murphy played in his television debut after winning the Benson and Hedges Championship a few months previously and defeated Marco Fu 6–1 in the wild-card round before losing against Stephen Hendry 4–6 in the first round. The highest break of the tournament was 136, which was achieved by both Paul Hunter and Jimmy White.

Field[edit]

Defending champion Matthew Stevens was the number 1 seed with World Champion Mark Williams 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, Shaun Murphy (ranked 151), and Jimmy White (ranked 18), who was the wild-card selection. Shaun Murphy was making his debut in the Masters.

Prize fund[edit]

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

  • Winner: £175,000
  • Runner-up: £88,000
  • Highest break: £20,000
  • Total: £650,000

Wild-card round[edit]

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Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 4 February Hong Kong Marco Fu (15) 1–6 England Shaun Murphy
WC2 Sunday 4 February Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16) 1–6 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 Matthew Stevens 5
14 England Paul Hunter 6
14 England Paul Hunter 6
12 England Peter Ebdon 3
8 Scotland Alan McManus 4
12 England Peter Ebdon 6
14 England Paul Hunter 6
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
5 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 2
England Jimmy White 6
England Jimmy White 4
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
England Shaun Murphy 4
14 England Paul Hunter 10
9 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9
3 Scotland John Higgins 3
13 England Dave Harold 6
13 England Dave Harold 6
10 England John Parrott 5
6 England Stephen Lee 5
10 England John Parrott 6
13 England Dave Harold 4
9 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 6
7 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
11 England Anthony Hamilton 1
7 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 2
9 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 6
2 Wales Mark Williams 5
9 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 6

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Jan Verhaas
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 11 February 2001.[1]
Paul Hunter (14)
 England
10–9 Fergal O'Brien (9)
 Ireland
Afternoon: 40–59, 57–'68, 67–44, 48–80 (80), 30–72, 56–71, 78–0 (51), 34–64
Evening: 61–53 (Hunter 52), 54–57, 51–43, 133–6 (129), 136–0 (101), 0–88 (88), 104–0 (75), 136–0 (136), 132–0 (132), 44–62, 77–44
136 Highest break 88
4 Century breaks 0
7 50+ breaks 2

Qualifying[edit]

Shaun Murphy won the qualifying tournament, known as the 2000 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[3] David McLellan made his only maximum break against Steve Meakin.[4]

Century breaks[edit]

[5]

Shaun Murphy's two century breaks and Jimmy White's 136 were scored in the wild-card round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters 2001". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  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. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "2001 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.