2004 Masters (snooker)

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Masters
Tournament information
Dates 1–8 February 2004
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Winner's share £100,000
Highest break England Ronnie O'Sullivan (138)
Final
Champion England Paul Hunter
Runner-up England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score 10–9
2003
2005

The 2004 Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 1–8 February 2004 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

At the start of the competition 16-year-old Chinese Ding Junhui caused a stir by defeating Joe Perry 6–3 on his television début. He then faced Stephen Lee in the next round, but lost 5–6 despite leading 5–2.

Paul Hunter went on to win his third title in four years by defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–9. Hunter trailed O'Sullivan throughout the entire match, before pipping him to the trophy in the final frame. In fact, Hunter trailed 1–6, 2–7, 6–8 and 7–9 before reeling off the final three frames to seal the sixth title of his professional career.

This was the first Masters not to be sponsored by Benson and Hedges, who had sponsored the tournament since it started in 1975, after the ban on tobacco advertising came into effect in summer 2003. This year's competition was unsponsored.

Field[edit]

Mark Williams, the 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, Neil Robertson, and Ding Junhui, who was the wild-card selection. Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui were making their debuts in the Masters.

Wild-card round[edit]

[1][2][3][4]

Match Date Score
WC1[5] Sunday 1 February England Jimmy White (15) 6–2 Australia Neil Robertson
WC2[6] Monday 2 February England Joe Perry (16) 3–6 China Ding Junhui

Main draw[edit]

[1][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 Wales Mark Williams[5] 6
9 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
1 Wales Mark Williams[13] 5
8 England Paul Hunter 6
8 England Paul Hunter[7] 6
12 England David Gray 3
8 England Paul Hunter[17] 6
4 Scotland John Higgins 3
5 England Stephen Lee[8] 6
China Ding Junhui 5
5 England Stephen Lee[14] 4
4 Scotland John Higgins 6
4 Scotland John Higgins[9] 6
13 Scotland Graeme Dott 4
8 England Paul Hunter[19] 10
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
10 Scotland Alan McManus[10] 0
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
6 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty[15] 3
6 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty[9] 6
11 England Steve Davis 3
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
15 England Jimmy White[18] 4
7 England Peter Ebdon[11] 6
14 Australia Quinten Hann 3
7 England Peter Ebdon 4
15 England Jimmy White[16] 6
2 Scotland Stephen Hendry[12] 4
15 England Jimmy White 6

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Jan Verhaas
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 8 February 2004.[2]
Paul Hunter (8)
 England
10–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)
 England
Afternoon: 22–59 (56), 26–80 (80), 117–8 (117), 1–86 (86), 0–87 (87), 22–84 (84), 7–124 (79), 127–0 (127)
Evening: 47–84, 90–0, 102–27 (102), 82–9 (82), 76–0, 32–97, 109–21 (109), 0–86, 142–0 (110), 72–35 (58), 63–15
127 Highest break 87
5 Century breaks 0
7 50+ breaks 6

Qualifying[edit]

The 2004 Masters Qualifying Event was held between 15 and 21 December 2003 at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales. The winner of this series of matches, who qualified for the tournament, was Neil Robertson.[20]

Century breaks[edit]

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References[edit]

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  14. ^ Jones, Clive (5 February 2004). "Higgins edges out Lee". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Jones, Clive (6 February 2004). "O'Sullivan reaches semis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
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  20. ^ "2003 Masters Qualifying tournament". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004.