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Snooker - The Masters

The most important invitation tournament on the circuit, The Masters is second only to the World Championship in its longevity. It is the only major event held in London. Only the top 16 players in the world rankings qualify.
The first tournament was held in the West Centre Hotel with 10 players taking part, a format that continued from 1976-78 at the New London Theatre.
The growing popularity of the sport took The Masters to the Wembley Conference Centre in 1979, its home right through to 2006 - the year of its demolition.
In 1981 the tournament was extended to 12 players before growing to a 16-strong invited field in 1983. The first time The Masters was restricted to the top 16 in the rankings was 1984 and a further development came in 1990, with the introduction of two `wildcards` who played preliminary round matches against the 15th and 16th ranked players. One of these wildcards was the winner of the Masters qualifying event and the other is invited.
From 2007 to 2011 the event was held at the Wembley Arena, moving to Alexandra Palace for the first time in 2012, reverting to a 16-man format.

YEAR
WINNER
RUNNER-UP
1975
JOHN SPENCER (Eng)
R Reardon (Wal)
1976
RAY REARDON (Wal)
G Miles (Eng)
1977
DOUG MOUNTJOY (Wal)
R Reardon (Wal)
1978
ALEX HIGGINS (Nir)
C Thorburn (Can)
1979
PERRIE MANS (Rsa)
A Higgins (Nir)
1980
TERRY GRIFFITHS (Wal)
A Higgins (Nir)
1981
ALEX HIGGINS (Nir)
T Griffiths (Wal)
1982
STEVE DAVIS (Eng)
T Griffiths (Wal)
1983
CLIFF THORBURN (Can)
R Reardon (Wal)
1984
JIMMY WHITE (Eng)
T Griffiths (Wal)
1985
CLIFF THORBURN (Can)
D Mountjoy (Wal)
1986
CLIFF THORBURN (Can)
J White (Eng)
1987
DENNIS TAYLOR (Nir)
A Higgins (Nir)
1988
STEVE DAVIS (Eng)
M Hallett (Eng)
1989
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
J Parrott (Eng)
1990
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
J Parrott (Eng)
1991
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
M Hallett (Eng)
1992
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
J Parrott (Eng)
1993
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
J Wattana (Tha)
1994
ALAN MCMANUS (Sco)
S Hendry (Sco)
1995
R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng)
J Higgins (Sco)
1996
STEPHEN HENDRY (Sco)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
1997
STEVE DAVIS (Eng)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
1998
MARK WILLIAMS (Wal)
S Hendry (Sco)
1999
JOHN HIGGINS (Sco)
K Doherty (Rir)
2000
MATTHEW STEVENS (Wal)
K Doherty (Rir)
2001
PAUL HUNTER (Eng)
F O'Brien (Rir)
2002
PAUL HUNTER (Eng)
M Williams (Wal)
2003
MARK WILLIAMS (Wal)
S Hendry (Sco)
2004
PAUL HUNTER (Eng)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
2005
R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng)
J Higgins (Sco)
2006
JOHN HIGGINS (Sco)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
2007
R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng)
Ding Junhui (Chn)
2008
MARK SELBY (Eng)
S Lee (Eng)
2009
R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng)
M Selby (Eng)
2010
MARK SELBY (Eng)
R O'Sullivan (Eng)
2011
DING JUNHUI (Chn)
M Fu (Hkg)
2012 NEIL ROBERTSON (Aus) S Murphy (Eng)
2013 MARK SELBY (Eng) N Robertson (Aus)
2014 R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng) M Selby (Eng)
2015 SHAUN MURPHY (Eng) N Robertson (Aus)
2016 R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng) B Hawkins (Eng)
2017 R'NIE O'SULLIVAN (Eng) J Perry (Eng)
2018 MARK ALLEN (Nir) K Wilson (Eng)

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