2002 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 3–10 February 2002
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £695,000
Winner's share £190,000
Highest break England Ronnie O'Sullivan (138)
Final
Champion England Paul Hunter
Runner-up Wales Mark Williams
Score 10–9
2001
2003

The 2002 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 3 and 10 February 2002 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Paul Hunter won his second Masters title defeating Mark Williams in another final frame decider. In the match Williams had led 5–0 before Hunter made it 5–5. Then both players played all the way before Hunter lead 9–8. Williams then made a frame winning break to turn into another decider. Hunter then made a break of 65 to become only the third player to retain the title after Cliff Thorburn and Stephen Hendry.[1] The highest break of the tournament was 138 made by Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Field[edit]

Defending champion Paul Hunter was the number 1 seed with World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 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, Ryan Day (ranked 215), and Steve Davis (ranked 21), who was the wild-card selection. Ryan Day and Graeme Dott were making their debuts in the Masters.

Prize fund[edit]

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

  • Winner: £190,000
  • Runner-up: £95,000
  • Highest break: £20,000
  • Total: £695,000

Wild-card round[edit]

[2][3][4]

Match Date Score
WC1 Monday 4 February England Dave Harold (15) 3–6 Wales Ryan Day
WC2 Sunday 3 February Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (16) 6–5 England Steve Davis

Main draw[edit]

[2][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 England Paul Hunter 6
9 England Stephen Lee 3
1 England Paul Hunter 6
8 England Peter Ebdon 5
8 England Peter Ebdon 6
14 Scotland Graeme Dott 4
1 England Paul Hunter 6
12 Scotland Alan McManus 5
5 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
16 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 6
16 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
12 Scotland Alan McManus 6
4 Scotland John Higgins 5
12 Scotland Alan McManus 6
1 England Paul Hunter 10
3 Wales Mark Williams 9
3 Wales Mark Williams 6
13 England Mark King 1
3 Wales Mark Williams 6
6 Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
6 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
Wales Ryan Day 0
3 Wales Mark Williams 6
11 England Jimmy White 5
7 Wales Matthew Stevens 1
11 England Jimmy White 6
11 England Jimmy White 6
2 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
2 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
10 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 3

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Jan Verhaas
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 10 February 2002.[2]
Paul Hunter (1)
 England
10–9 Mark Williams (3)
 Wales
Afternoon: 1–84 (79), 51–64, 6–83, 53–64, 79–82, 74–56 (Williams 56), 107–7 (69), 67–56 (Williams 56)
Evening: 88–8 (61), 59–56, 20–61 (53), 70–5 (57), 39–65, 85–6 (84), 71–34, 4–65, 65–37, 0–73 (72), 65–10 (65)
84 Highest break 79
0 Century breaks 0
5 50+ breaks 5

Qualifying[edit]

Ryan Day won the qualifying tournament, known as the 2001 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[5] Shaun Murphy made his first maximum break against Adrian Rosa.[6]

Century breaks[edit]

[7]

Fergal O'Brien's century was scored in the wild-card round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glory at Wembley for Hunter". BBC News. 11 February 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Benson & Hedges Masters 2002". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "2002 Benson and Hedges Masters results". BBC News. 31 January 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "2002 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.