|Dates||10–17 January 2016|
|Total prize fund||£600,000|
|Highest break||Judd Trump (140)|
The 2016 Masters (also referred to as the 2016 Dafabet Masters for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 10 and 17 January 2016 at the Alexandra Palace in London, England. It was the 42nd staging of the Masters tournament and the fifth successive time it was held at the Alexandra Palace.
The quarter-final between Judd Trump and Neil Robertson produced six century breaks, setting a new record for the most centuries in an 11-frame match. These included the two highest breaks of the tournament, 140 from Trump and 139 from Robertson. The match was singled out for particular praise, with John Virgo calling it one of the greatest in Masters history.
Playing in his first major televised tournament since taking an eight-month hiatus from professional snooker, Ronnie O'Sullivan reached his eleventh Masters final and won the tournament for a sixth time, equalling Stephen Hendry's record for the most Masters titles. Losing only the first frame, he defeated Barry Hawkins 10–1, the biggest winning margin since Steve Davis whitewashed Mike Hallett 9–0 in 1988, and the first time a player had won ten consecutive frames in a Masters final.
Defending champion Shaun Murphy was the number 1 seed with World Champion Stuart Bingham seeded 2. The remaining places were allocated to players based on the world rankings after the 2015 UK Championship. Liang Wenbo made his debut at the Masters after he entered the top 16 due to reaching the final of the 2015 UK Championship.
The breakdown of prize money is shown below:
- Winner: £200,000
- Runner-up: £90,000
- Semi-finals: £50,000
- Quarter-finals: £25,000
- Last 16: £12,500
- Highest break: £10,000
- Total: £600,000
|Last 16 |
Best of 11 frames
Best of 11 frames
Best of 11 frames
Best of 19 frames
|Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Olivier Marteel.|
Alexandra Palace, London, England, 17 January 2016.
|Barry Hawkins (8)
|1–10||Ronnie O'Sullivan (6)|
|Afternoon: 66–50, 8–97 (70), 0–136 (136), 49–73 (52), 28–72, 36–64, 17–77 (77), 13–72 (72)|
Evening: 39–58, 0–92 (66), 0–82 (82)
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