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1995 Masters (snooker)

Snooker tournament

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates5–12 February 1995
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Winner's share£120,000
Highest break Stephen Hendry (141)
Final
Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up John Higgins
Score9–3
1994
1996

The 1995 Masters (known for sponsorship reasons as the 1995 Benson & Hedges Masters) is a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 5 and 12 February 1995 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

The wild-card players were John Higgins, who had won the 1994 Grand Prix, and Mark Williams, who won the 1994 Benson & Hedges Championship. Both of them were 19 years old. Higgins went on to reach the final.

Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Higgins 9–3 in the final to become the youngest ever Masters champion aged 19 years and 69 days.[1] This still remains a record. Stephen Hendry meanwhile failed to make the final for the first time in his Masters career, losing to Peter Ebdon 3–5 in the quarter-finals.[2]

1995 Masters (snooker) Intro articles: 3

Field

Defending champion Alan McManus was the number 1 seed with World Champion Stephen Hendry 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, Mark Williams (ranked 58), and John Higgins (ranked 51), who was the wild-card selection. Tony Drago, John Higgins, Joe Swail and Mark Williams were making their debuts in the Masters.

1995 Masters (snooker) Field articles: 5

Wild-card round

In the preliminary round the wild-card players played the 15th and 16th seeds:[3][4][5][6]

Match Date Score
WC1 Monday 6 February Willie Thorne (15) 0–5 Mark Williams
WC2 Sunday 5 February Tony Drago (16) 3–5 John Higgins

1995 Masters (snooker) Wild-card round articles: 5

Main draw

[3][4][5][6]

Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
            
1 Alan McManus 5
13 David Roe 3
1 Alan McManus 2
John Higgins 5
8 Darren Morgan 2
John Higgins 5
John Higgins 6
5 Jimmy White 1
5 Jimmy White 5
12 Joe Swail 2
5 Jimmy White 5
4 James Wattana 3
4 James Wattana 5
Mark Williams 4
John Higgins 3
9 Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
3 Steve Davis 3
14 Terry Griffiths 5
14 Terry Griffiths 2
9 Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
6 John Parrott 4
9 Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
9 Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
10 Peter Ebdon 4
7 Ken Doherty 3
10 Peter Ebdon 5
10 Peter Ebdon 5
2 Stephen Hendry 4
2 Stephen Hendry 5
11 Nigel Bond 1

1995 Masters (snooker) Main draw articles: 12

Final

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Street
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 12 February 1995.[3][5]
John Higgins
 Scotland
3–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan (9)
 England
Afternoon: 64–52, 50–63, 9–74 (68), 5–67, 36–65 (53), 0–82 (82), 117–4 (73), 0–82 (55)
Evening: 7–88, 91–0 (91), 47–84, 19–73 (57[7])
91 Highest break 82
0 Century breaks 0
2 50+ breaks 5

Qualifying

Mark Williams won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1994 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[8]

Century breaks

Total: 13[9]

Tony Drago's century and John Higgins's 106 were scored in the wild-card round.

References

  1. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: White becomes Brown". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "The Masters". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "1995 Benson & Hedges Masters". Snooker.org. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b "1995 Masters Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "1995 Benson & Hedges Masters". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 19 November 2005. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  7. ^ "O'Sullivan wins battle of young masters". The Times. 13 February 1995. p. 25.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "1995 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.