Scottish Masters 1999
Scottish Masters 1999
Regal Scottish Masters 1999
|Tournament type:||Invitation tournament|
|Venue:||Civic Center, Motherwell , Scotland|
|Opening:||September 28, 1999|
|Endgame:||October 3, 1999
|Highest Break:||138 ( Jimmy White )|
The 1999 Regal Scottish Masters was a snooker tournament as part of the Snooker Main Tour of the 1999/2000 season . The invitation tournament was held at Motherwell's Civic Center from September 28th to October 3rd . The tournament, which had originally started in Glasgow , took place for the tenth time in the small town to the southeast of it.
Ronnie O'Sullivan , who won the tournament last year, lost his opening match this time to qualifier Matthew Stevens . The Welshman made it to the final and won 9: 7 against John Higgins , who lost the final for the second time in a row. It was the only time in the history of the tournament that a player who had not qualified could win the title.
This year there was an additional £ 1,500 for the loser in the qualifying final as well as a £ 5,000 bonus for the highest tournament break. Otherwise all prize money remained unchanged compared to the previous year.
|Quarter finals||£ 8,650|
|Round 1||£ 4,850|
|Highest Break (Final Round)||£ 5,000|
|All in all||£ 181,900|
The first 8 of the world rankings and 3 other players formed the invited field of participants of the tournament. The 12th player qualified Welsh Matthew Stevens in an additional elimination tournament . He and the players placed 5th to 11th competed against each other in round 1. The top 4 were set for the quarterfinals.
(Best of 9)
(Best of 11)
(Best of 11)
(Best of 17)
|12||Matthew Stevens||5||12||Matthew Stevens||6th|
|9||Fergal O'Brien||4th||12||Matthew Stevens||9|
|10||Steve Davis||2||3||Stephen Hendry||1|
All three previous encounters between the two players had been won by John Higgins , including the first encounter in a final at the 1998 UK Championship . As the world number one with 11 professional titles, he was a clear favorite. Matthew Stevens was in 9th place, but only for the fourth time in a final. The Scot also started convincingly and took the lead 3-0 and 4-1 and scored 2 century breaks . But then Stevens came up and fought his way to the 4-4 equalization until the end of the session. In the evening he took the lead for the first time, but Higgins turned the game around and was up again at 6: 5 and 7: 6. But after he had achieved his third century, only Matthews managed the high, frame-critical breaks and he got three frames in a row to a 9: 7 win. For Stevens it was the first victory in a tournament of the absolute world elite, after he had already won the Benson and Hedges Championship in 1995 .
Final: Best of 17 Frames
Civic Center, Motherwell , Scotland , 3rd October 1999
|Matthew Stevens||9 : 7||John Higgins|
Afternoon : 38: 83 (57), 0: 128 (128), 4: 126 (126), 62 : 33, 6: 88 (88), 66 : 61, 90 : 40 (90), 78 : 42;
Evening : 89 : 23, 30: 99 , 4: 62 , 73 : 43, 16: 116 (111), 77 : 11 (53), 74 : 0 (74), 91 : 1 (68)
As in the previous year, there was a two-part qualification: In the first part, eight Scottish players played a winner (last year there were only four). In the second part he was allowed to play with 5 other players for the free place in the main tournament. Chris Small prevailed against his compatriots, but then lost to Matthew Stevens , who also won the qualification in the end.
|Chris Small||5||Chris Small||4th|
|Peter Ebdon||2||Matthew Stevens||5|
|Marco Fu||5||Marco Fu||5|
A break of 100 or more points was played 14 times in the entire tournament, 5 times in the qualification, 9 times in the main tournament. John Higgins reached 3 Centurys in the final, which he lost anyway. Tournament winner Matthew Stevens scored 3 Centurys in the 3 previous rounds. Jimmy White was able to look forward to a special bonus of £ 5,000 for the highest tournament break.
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