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The Masters

The Masters is a professional snooker tournament, founded in 1975. It is the second longest running snooker tournament, behind the game’s biggest prize, the World Championship.

The Masters is one of the Triple Crown events, along with the UK Championship and the World Championship. While the Masters is a non-ranking event, it is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious tournaments on the snooker circuit.

The Masters is currently held at Alexandra Palace, London, England and is set to stay there until at least 2015. Other arenas such as the West Centre Hotel in London, the New London Theatre, Wembley Conference Centre and Wembley have hosted the Masters, before the event moved to the Palace in 2012.

Despite boasting longevity and one of the biggest prize funds on tour, The Masters has always had a non-ranking format throughout its thirty-year history. In the 2011 Masters no wildcard places were given and the qualifying competition was removed.

The tournament has regularly swapped from having a qualifying round and wild cards awarded by the governing body to just inviting the top 16 players in the world rankings to compete.

The Masters history is dripping with memorable moments, as the history is so vast.

Kirk Stevens became the first player to make a maximum break at the event against Jimmy White in the 1984 semi-finals. Stephen Hendry maintained an unbeaten record in the event, lasting from his first appearance in 1989 until his defeat by Alan McManus in the 1994 final. This run includes five championship titles in succession.

In the 1997 final, Steve Davis defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan in a match disrupted by a streaker. Davis came back from 4-8 down to win the remaining six frames in a row.

Previous Masters Winners (non ranking)

  • 1975 – John Spencer
  • 1976 – Ray Reardon
  • 1977 – Doug Mountjoy
  • 1978 – Alex Higgins
  • 1979 – Perrie Mans
  • 1980 – Terry Griffiths
  • 1981 – Alex Higgins
  • 1982 – Steve Davis
  • 1983 – Cliff Thorburn
  • 1984 – Jimmy White
  • 1985 – Cliff Thorburn
  • 1986 – Cliff Thorburn
  • 1987 – Dennis Taylor
  • 1988 – Steve Davis
  • 1989 – Stephen Hendry
  • 1990 – Stephen Hendry
  • 1991 – Stephen Hendry
  • 1992 – Stephen Hendry
  • 1993 – Stephen Hendry
  • 1994 – Alan McManus
  • 1995 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 1996 – Stephen Hendry
  • 1997 – Steve Davis
  • 1998 – Mark Williams
  • 1999 – John Higgins
  • 2000 – Matthew Stevens
  • 2001 – Paul Hunter
  • 2002 – Paul Hunter
  • 2003 – Mark Williams
  • 2004 – Paul Hunter
  • 2005 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2006 – John Higgins
  • 2007 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2008 – Mark Selby
  • 2009 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • 2010 – Mark Selby
  • 2011 – Ding Junhui
  • 2012 – Neil Robertson
  • 2013 – Mark Selby
World number one Mark Selby won his third Masters title in 2013 and prevented Neil Robertson from being to first player since the late Paul Hunter from retaining Snooker’s second biggest prize.
                                                                                                                                                        The Jester From Leicester edged Robertson out by ten frames to six, and was rarely troubled by the Australian in the match.
                                                                                                                                                        Selby stormed to a 5-1 win thanks largely to three 70-plus breaks and kept at least a two-frame lead for the rest of play.
                                                                                                                                                        It capped a superb month for Selby, who captured the UK Championship for the first time in December.

 

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