The Masters (The Saga Insurance Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters) is now running. The Masters is not a ranking event but one of the most prestigiuos titles in snooker with a lot of price money. The tournament is an invitation event, where 19 players are invited. The top 16 in the ranking are automatically invited. One place goes to the winner of a qualifying tournament (Stuart Bingham), and two players are invited by the tournament board (Jimmy White and Ding Junhui). Those three players have to play preliminary matches against seeded player 14, 15 and 16 to advance for the first round in the 16-player single elimination tournament. Read more about the tournament at Wikipedia.
- Stephen Maguire vs Neil Robertson
- Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ken Doherty
- Stehpen Hendry/Matthew Stevens vs Shaun Murphy/Steve Davis
- Ding Junhui vs Stephen Lee
Read more about the tournament here: