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The Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters, is a professional snooker tournament. Although not a ranking event, it is regarded as one of the most prestigious tournaments on the circuit, earning more prize money than any other tournament except the World Championship.

The tournament was first held in 1975 in London. Ten players were invited. The final was won by John Spencer, who beat Ray Reardon 9-8 to win £2000. The match had reached 8-8 and, in the deciding 17th frame the scores were tied, meaning that a re-spotted black was necessary.

The tournament has seen many memorable matches, perhaps the most memorable being the 1991 final when Stephen Hendry beat Mike Hallett 9-8 after having trailed 7-0 and 8-2. The defeat effectively ended Hallett's days as a major force in the game. Paul Hunter came from 7-2 down to O'Brien and O'Sullivan, yet stormed back to win both matches. In 1998, Stephen Hendry lead Mark Williams 9-4, but Williams fought back to 9-9, and the match went to the re-spotted black. After a few shots, Hendry missed a straight-forward black over the middle pocket, and left a simple chance for Williams, which he took.

The event was sponsored by Benson & Hedges until 2003, but UK restrictions on tobacco advertising meant that it was without a sponsor the following year. In 2005, Rileys Club became sponsors of the event, but in 2006, Saga Insurance took over sponsorship of the tournament. 2006 was the last year the tournament was held at the Wembley Conference Centre, and the tournament relocated to Wembley Arena in 2007.

There have been two maximums in the tournament, the first was made by Kirk Stevens against Jimmy White in 1984. The second was made by Ding Junhui in the first match at the new Wembley Arena against Anthony Hamilton in 2007.

Finals

Year Winner Score Runner Up Score
1975 Template:Flagicon John Spencer 9 Template:Flagicon Ray Reardon 8
1976 Template:Flagicon Ray Reardon 7 Template:Flagicon Graham Miles 3
1977 Template:Flagicon Doug Mountjoy 7 Template:Flagicon Ray Reardon 6
1978 Template:Flagicon Alex Higgins 7 Template:Flagicon Cliff Thorburn 5
1979 Template:Flagicon Perrie Mans 8 Template:Flagicon Alex Higgins 4
1980 Template:Flagicon Terry Griffiths 9 Template:Flagicon Alex Higgins 5
1981 Template:Flagicon Alex Higgins 9 Template:Flagicon Terry Griffiths 6
1982 Template:Flagicon Steve Davis 9 Template:Flagicon Terry Griffiths 5
1983 Template:Flagicon Cliff Thorburn 9 Template:Flagicon Ray Reardon 7
1984 Template:Flagicon Jimmy White 9 Template:Flagicon Terry Griffiths 5
1985 Template:Flagicon Cliff Thorburn 9 Template:Flagicon Doug Mountjoy 6
1986 Template:Flagicon Cliff Thorburn 9 Template:Flagicon Jimmy White 5
1987 Template:Flagicon Dennis Taylor 9 Template:Flagicon Alex Higgins 8
1988 Template:Flagicon Steve Davis 9 Template:Flagicon Mike Hallett 0
1989 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 9 Template:Flagicon John Parrott 6
1990 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 9 Template:Flagicon John Parrott 4
1991 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 9 Template:Flagicon Mike Hallett 8
1992 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 9 Template:Flagicon John Parrott 4
1993 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 9 Template:Flagicon James Wattana 5
1994 Template:Flagicon Alan McManus 9 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 8
1995 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 9 Template:Flagicon John Higgins 3
1996 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 10 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
1997 Template:Flagicon Steve Davis 10 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 8
1998 Template:Flagicon Mark Williams 10 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 9
1999 Template:Flagicon John Higgins 10 Template:Flagicon Ken Doherty 8
2000 Template:Flagicon Matthew Stevens 10 Template:Flagicon Ken Doherty 8
2001 Template:Flagicon Paul Hunter 10 Template:Flagicon Fergal O'Brien 9
2002 Template:Flagicon Paul Hunter 10 Template:Flagicon Mark Williams 9
2003 Template:Flagicon Mark Williams 10 Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry 4
2004 Template:Flagicon Paul Hunter 10 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
2005 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 10 Template:Flagicon John Higgins 3
2006 Template:Flagicon John Higgins 10 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
2007 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 10 Template:Flagicon Ding Junhui 3
2008 Template:Flagicon Mark Selby 10 Template:Flagicon Stephen Lee 3
2009 Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan 10 Template:Flagicon Mark Selby 8

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