1994 Masters (snooker)

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Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates 6–13 February 1994
Venue Wembley Conference Centre
City London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Highest break Scotland Alan McManus (132)
Final
Champion Scotland Alan McManus
Runner-up Scotland Stephen Hendry
Score 9–8
1993
1995

The 1994 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 6 and 13 February 1994 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Defending champion Stephen Hendry met Alan McManus in the final. Hendry had won the previous five Masters tournaments and was undefeated in 23 matches since making his debut in 1989. By comparison McManus had lost all six of the important finals he had contested since his first final, the 1992 Asian Open. The previous week he had lost to Steve Davis in the final of the Welsh Open. McManus won the first three frames, but Hendry won the next three to level the match, including a break of 115 in frame 5, Hendry's first of the tournament. McManus won the 7th frame to take a 4–3 lead at the end of the afternoon session. Hendry had breaks of 80, 49, 62 and 58 to win four of the first five frames in the evening and take a 7–5 lead. McManus had missed a simple black to lose frame 10 after he had needed three snookers. McManus levelled the match again by winning the next two frames before losing frame 17 and winning a tense frame 18. In the deciding frame Hendry missed an ambitious plant after which McManus made a 76 break, Hendry conceding with only 59 on the table. McManus won the first prize of £115,000.[1][2] He also won a further £10,000 for making the highest break of the tournament, a 132 total clearance in the sixth frame of his first round match against Nigel Bond.[3][4]

Field[edit]

Stephen Hendry, 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, Ronnie O'Sullivan (ranked 57), and Peter Ebdon (ranked 21), who was the wild-card selection. Peter Ebdon, Ronnie O'Sullivan and David Roe were making their debuts in the Masters.

Wild-card round[edit]

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

Match Date Score
WC1 Sunday 6 February Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (15) 5–1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan
WC2 Monday 7 February England David Roe (16) 1–5 England Peter Ebdon

Main draw[edit]

[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 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
10 Wales Darren Morgan 2
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
13 England Steve James 2
8 Wales Terry Griffiths 4
13 England Steve James 5
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
5 Thailand James Wattana 2
5 Thailand James Wattana 5
12 England Martin Clark 4
5 Thailand James Wattana 5
England Peter Ebdon 4
4 England Steve Davis 2
England Peter Ebdon 5
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 8
6 Scotland Alan McManus 9
3 England Jimmy White 0
11 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
11 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 1
6 Scotland Alan McManus 5
6 Scotland Alan McManus 5
9 England Nigel Bond 2
6 Scotland Alan McManus 6
14 England Neal Foulds 4
7 England Willie Thorne 0
15 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 5
15 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 1
14 England Neal Foulds 5
2 England John Parrott 3
14 England Neal Foulds 5

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: .
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 13 February 1997.[1][2]
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
8–9 Alan McManus (6)
 Scotland
Afternoon: 46–83, 25–78, 52–63, 83–0, 127(115)–0, 75–43, 21–67
Evening: 80–32, 30–68, 73–61; 72–21, 71–29, 23–62, 1–61, 105–14, 50–72, 0–76
115 Highest break 83
1 Century breaks 0

Qualifying[edit]

Ronnie O'Sullivan won the qualifying tournament, known as the 1993 Benson & Hedges Championship at the time.[7]

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 7[8]

Peter Ebdon's 112 was scored in the wild-card round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yates, Phil (14 February 1994). "McManus edges out Hendry to claim first title". The Times. p. 24. 
  2. ^ a b "McManus arrives: Benson and Hedges Masters". The Independent. 14 February 1994. p. 32 – via Newsbank. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Big Mac – Alan's a Master". Daily Mirror. 14 February 1994. p. 32 – via Newsbank. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Yates, Phil (8 February 1994). "Nervous Foulds recaptured art of winning". The Times. p. 40. 
  5. ^ a b "1994 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "1994 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.