Thailand Masters

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Thailand Masters
Tournament information
Venue Grand Hotel
Location Hua Hin
Country Thailand
Established 1983/1984
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Non-ranking event
Final year 2008
Final champion(s) Hong Kong Marco Fu

The Thailand Masters was a professional snooker tournament. Previously known as Asian Open and Thailand Open, it was a ranking tournament from 1989/90 to 2001/02. An event called the Thailand Masters also formed part of the World Series in 1991/92, with Steve Davis beating Stephen Hendry 6–3. The final champion was Marco Fu.

History[edit]

The Thailand Masters was first held in the 1983/1984 season. It was organised by Matchroom Sport as part of their World Series and sponsored by Camus, but was abandoned after 1986/1987.[1] The event returned to the calendar in 1989 under the Asian Open name and it became a ranking tournament. In its first three years under this name the event was sponsored by 555 and than by Nescafé in 1993. All events took place in Bangkok, Thailand, except in 1990, which was held in China. In the 1991/1992 season two events were held.The Thailand Masters was part of the World Series and the Asian Open was a ranking event.[1][2] In 1993 Dave Harold became the lowest ranked player to win a ranking tournament. He was ranked world number 93, when he beat Darren Morgan 9–3.[2]

The event changed its name to Thailand Open in 1993/1994. The event was held in Bangkok and remained there until the 2002/2003 season.[1][2] It was sponsored by Kloster, before Singha took over for 1995/1996.[1] The event was renamed to the Thailand Masters in the 1997/1998 season and was sponsored by Beer Chang. The only official maximum break in the history of the competition came at the qualifying stages of the 1999 event. Adrian Gunnell compiled it in the first round against Mario Wehrmann. The event didn't have a sponsor again until the 2000/2001 season, when it was sponsored by Blue Eagle and Thai Airways and was sponsored by Singha in 2001/2002.[1] The event lost its ranking status in 2002/2003, after World Snooker decided not to afford a Far East event. The event returned as a domestic event with several players from the Main Tour still competing. The event was last held in the 2006/2007 season with the sponsorship of Sangsom, but was discontinued after that.[1]

Winners[edit]

[1][2]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
Thailand Masters (non-ranking)
1983 England Tony Meo England Steve Davis 2–1 1983/84
1984 England Jimmy White Wales Terry Griffiths 4–3 1984/85
1985 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor Wales Terry Griffiths 4–3 1985/86
1986 Thailand James Wattana Wales Terry Griffiths 2–1 1986/87
1992 England Steve Davis Scotland Stephen Hendry 6–3 1991/92
Asian Open (ranking)
1989 Scotland Stephen Hendry Thailand James Wattana 9–6 1989/90
1990 Scotland Stephen Hendry Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 9–3 1990/91
1992 England Steve Davis Scotland Alan McManus 9–3 1991/92
1993 England Dave Harold Wales Darren Morgan 9–3 1992/93
Thailand Open (ranking)
1994 Thailand James Wattana England Steve Davis 9–7 1993/94
1995 Thailand James Wattana England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–6 1994/95
1996 Scotland Alan McManus Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 9–8 1995/96
1997 England Peter Ebdon England Nigel Bond 9–7 1996/97
Thailand Masters (ranking)
1998 Scotland Stephen Hendry England John Parrott 9–6 1997/98
1999 Wales Mark Williams Scotland Alan McManus 9–7 1998/99
2000 Wales Mark Williams Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–5 1999/00
2001 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–3 2000/01
2002 Wales Mark Williams England Stephen Lee 9–4 2001/02
Thailand Masters (non-ranking)
2003 Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn Thailand Rom Surin 5–4 2002/03
2007 Hong Kong Marco Fu Thailand Issara Kachaiwong 5–3 2006/07

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Turner, Chris. "Thailand Open, Thailand Classic, Thailand Masters". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Turner, Chris. "Asian Open, Asian Classic, Hong Kong Open". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.