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Benson & Hedges Irish Masters 1997

Goffs, Co. Kildare, Ireland (Mar 18-23, 1997)
Invitational tournament

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World No.1 Stephen Hendry came back from the brink of defeat to beat Welshman Darren Morgan 9-8 and claim the £72,000 first prize. Morgan had to settle with £32,000. John Parrott had the high break of the tournament with a 129.

Morgan was at the table when 8-7 ahead and only needed to clear up to retain his title. He missed a pink though, and Hendry won instead.

This was the Scot's 64th major title, but only his second Irish Masters win. It was his 11th successive win in a final! This once again proves the fact that he's best when there's a lot at stake. Whoever wants his World crown coming April will have to beat him in the early rounds, I think.

Results

(Players are English unless stated)

Final

Stephen Hendry (Scotland) 9-8 Darren Morgan (Wales)

69-19, 126-0 (126), 96-0, 30-86, 0-100 (100), 120-12, 0-98, 64-19,
95-10, 28-92, 45-80, 21-67, 0-81, 76-5, 16-91, 80-12, 70-56

Semi-finals

Stephen Hendry (Scotland) 6-2 Ronnie O'Sullivan
Darren Morgan (Wales)     6-2 Peter Ebdon

Quarter-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan         6-4 John Higgins (Scotland)
Stephen Hendry (Scotland) 6-5 Jimmy White 
Peter Ebdon               6-1 Steve Davis 
Darren Morgan (Wales)     6-2 John Parrott

First round

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 Nigel Bond 
Jimmy White       6-3 Alan McManus (Scotland)
Steve Davis       6-1 Ken Doherty (Ireland)
John Parrott      6-5 Stephen Murphy (Ireland)

Related Pages

     
1995 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters
1996 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters
1997 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters
1998 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters
1999 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters
2000 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters
2001 Citywest Irish Masters
2002 Citywest Irish Masters
2003 Citywest Irish Masters
2004 Citywest Irish Masters
2005 Fáilte Ireland Irish Masters

Irish Masters Finals (see also old version)

2004 Irish Masters Prediction Contest
2005 Irish Masters Prediction Contest

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