1991 World Masters

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World Masters
Tournament information
VenueNational Exhibition Centre
LocationBirmingham
CountryEngland
Established1991
Organisation(s)Matchroom Sport
FormatNon-Ranking event
Final year1991

The World Masters, known for sponsorship reasons as the Mita/Sky World Masters, was a snooker tournament held between 13 and 26 January 1991. Conceived by promoter Barry Hearn, the tournament had a similar format to the Grand Slam events in tennis, with men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, mixed doubles and a junior competition.[1] As in tennis, players had to win a match by two clear frames. If a match was tied going into a final frame, an additional two frames would be played. If the players were still level, there would be a tie break deciding frame with just one red and all the colours.

There was controversy when Alex Higgins was invited to participate, despite being banned from snooker for the whole of the 1990/1991 season for punching an official at the 1990 World Championship, as the World Masters was not a WPBSA-run event. A number of players, among them reigning world champion Stephen Hendry, were unhappy with Higgins' inclusion and threatened to boycott the event if he appeared in it. Higgins voluntarily withdrew, and Hendry took his place in the tournament.

Staged at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, it carried a record amount of prize money of £1,000,000 ; the winner of the men's singles won £200,000, more than the world champion would receive that year.[1][2] During the tournament James Wattana made the ninth official maximum break against Paul Dawkins.[3] However, the break was not filmed due to it being on one of the outside tables. Meanwhile, a 13-year-old Quinten Hann became the youngest player to make a televised century break. The tournament was subsequently unable to find sponsorship, and was not staged again.[1]

The tournament was televised by the original incarnation of Eurosport. Coverage was presented by Dickie Davies, who had presented snooker on ITV until 1989. Matthew Lorenzo was the 'roving reporter'. The commentary team was Peter Brackley, Mike Watterson, Jim Wych, Paul Wade, Willie Jameson and Phil Yates. Alternative commentary was available in other languages across continental Europe, including from long-time commentator Rolf Kalb in Germany.

Winners[edit]

[1]

Event Winner(s) Runner(s)-up Final score
Men's Singles England Jimmy White Malta Tony Drago 10–6
Women's Singles Northern Ireland Karen Corr England Stacey Hillyard 6–2
Men's Doubles England Mike Hallett
Scotland Stephen Hendry
Canada Brady Gollan
Canada Jim Wych
8–5
Women's Doubles England Allison Fisher
England Stacey Hillyard
Northern Ireland Karen Corr
England Ann-Marie Farren
5–2
Mixed Doubles England Steve Davis
England Allison Fisher
England Jimmy White
England Caroline Walch
6–3
Juniors (under-16s) Scotland John Higgins Wales Mark Williams 6–1

Main draw (men's singles)[edit]

Last 64
Best of 11
had to win by two frames,
13th frame was sudden death
Last 32
Best of 11
had to win by two frames,
13th frame was sudden death
Last 16
Best of 13
had to win by two frames,
15th frame was sudden death
Quarter-finals
Best of 15
had to win by two frames,
17th frame was sudden death
Semi-finals
Best of 17
had to win by two frames,
19th frame was sudden death
Final
Best of 19 frames
                  
Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
Thailand Udon Khaimuk 0
Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
Thailand James Wattana 6
Thailand James Wattana 6
Netherlands Rene Dikstra 0
Thailand James Wattana 7
England Joe Johnson 4
England Joe Johnson 6
Isle of Man Mike Colquitt 4
England Joe Johnson 7
Canada Alain Robidoux 5
Canada Alain Robidoux 6
Northern Ireland Kieran McAlinden 2
Thailand James Wattana 8
South Africa Peter Francisco 2
South Africa Peter Francisco 6
England David Taylor 4
South Africa Peter Francisco 6
England Nigel Bond 3
England Nigel Bond 6
England Steve James 4
South Africa Peter Francisco 7
Wales Tony Chappel 4
Wales Tony Chappel 6
Canada Bob Chaperon 2
Wales Tony Chappel 6
Northern Ireland Jason Prince 3
Northern Ireland Jason Prince 6
England Dean Reynolds 2
Thailand James Wattana 8
England Jimmy White 10
England Jonathan Birch 6
Brunei Sim Siak Chong 0
England Jonathan Birch 7
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
Wales Doug Mountjoy 1
England Jonathan Birch 4
England Steve Longworth 7
England Stefan Mazrocis 6
England Dave Harold 3
England Stefan Mazrocis 2
England Steve Longworth 6
England Steve Longworth 6
United States Jim Rempe 0
England Steve Longworth 6
England Jimmy White 8
England Neal Foulds 6
Italy Claudio Ravagnani 0
England Neal Foulds 4
Canada Brady Gollan 6
Canada Brady Gollan 6
Wales Steve Newbury 4
Canada Brady Gollan 0
England Jimmy White 7
England Jimmy White 6
England Mark Johnston-Allen 3
England Jimmy White 6
England Danny Fowler 2
England Danny Fowler 6
Canada Kirk Stevens 4
England Jimmy White 10
Malta Tony Drago 6
England Steve Davis 6
England Les Dodd 3
England Steve Davis 6
Scotland Euan Henderson 3
Scotland Euan Henderson 6
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 3
England Steve Davis 7
England Tony Meo 5
Wales Paul Davies 6
Canada Cliff Thorburn 2
Wales Paul Davies 2
England Tony Meo 6
England Tony Meo 6
Egypt Mohammed el Kamah 0
England Steve Davis 5
Wales Darren Morgan 8
Wales Darren Morgan 6
Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes 4
Wales Darren Morgan 6
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 4
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 6
England Dave Finbow 3
Wales Darren Morgan 8
England Mike Hallett 7
South Africa Silvino Francisco 6
Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor 2
South Africa Silvino Francisco 2
England Mike Hallett 6
England Mike Hallett 6
Finland Jyri Virtanen 1
Wales Darren Morgan 7
Malta Tony Drago 9
England Nick Dyson 7
New Zealand Warren King 5
England Nick Dyson 3
Wales Terry Griffiths 6
Wales Terry Griffiths 6
England Jason Whittaker 2
Wales Terry Griffiths 8
England Willie Thorne 7
England Willie Thorne 7
Wales Mark Bennett 6
England Willie Thorne 6
Wales Wayne Jones 3
Wales Wayne Jones 6
Malta Paul Mifsud 2
Wales Terry Griffiths 8
Malta Tony Drago 9
Germany Mike Henson 7
India BVS Murthy 6
Germany Mike Henson 3
England Gary Wilkinson 6
England Gary Wilkinson 6
Scotland Alan McManus 2
England Gary Wilkinson 5
Malta Tony Drago 7
Malta Tony Drago 6
England Tony Jones 3
Malta Tony Drago 6
England John Parrott 2
England John Parrott 6
Cyprus George Loizides 0

Main draw (women's singles)[edit]

Sources: Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1991–92,[4] Snooker Scene[5]

First Round Second Round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
               
England Stacey Hillyard 3
Canada Sheri Richardson 0
England Stacey Hillyard 3
England June Banks 0
England June Banks 4
Australia Fran Lovis 2
England Stacey Hillyard 5
Scotland Lynette Horsburgh 4
England Kim Shaw 4
Germany Renate Newesil 0
England Kim Shaw 0
Scotland Lynette Horsburgh 3
Scotland Lynette Horsburgh 4
Canada Natalie Stelmach 3
England Stacey Hillyard 5
England Allison Fisher 2
England Caroline Walch 4
Scotland Elaine Roehr 2
England Caroline Walch 0
England Georgina Aplin 3
England Georgina Aplin 3
United States Bonnie Hoffman 0
England Georgina Aplin 1
England Allison Fisher 4
England Maria Tart 3
New Zealand Lorraine Field 0
England Maria Tart 1
England Allison Fisher 3
England Allison Fisher 3
Finland Sanna Walle 0
England Stacey Hillyard 2
Northern Ireland Karen Corr 6
England Ann-Marie Farren 3
Republic of Ireland Julie Kelly 0
England Ann-Marie Farren 3
England Lisa Gordon 0
England Lisa Gordon 4
England Lisa Quick 2
England Ann-Marie Farren 4
Wales Sharon Dick 0
England Mandy Fisher w.o.
France Valerie Hess scr.
England Mandy Fisher 2
Wales Sharon Dick 4
Wales Sharon Dick 3
Canada Maryann McConnell 0
England Ann-Marie Farren 3
Northern Ireland Karen Corr 5
Republic of Ireland Margaret Campion 3
Belgium Christine Leclercq 0
Republic of Ireland Margaret Campion 1
England Tessa Davidson 3
England Tessa Davidson 3
Luxembourg Sue Mikkewsen 0
England Tessa Davidson 2
Northern Ireland Karen Corr 4
England Sarah Smith 3
Belgium Anja Vandenbussche 0
England Sarah Smith 0
Northern Ireland Karen Corr 3
Northern Ireland Karen Corr 3
England Debbie Reynolds 0

Prize Money (Women's Singles)[edit]

Prize money was awarded as follows:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mita / Sky World Masters". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  2. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Maximum Breaks". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  4. ^ Hale, Janice (1991). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1991-92. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 379–380. ISBN 0356197476.
  5. ^ a b "Corr confirms world title". Snooker Scene. No. March 1991. Everton's News Agency. p. 11.

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