Scottish Masters

The Scottish Masters Between 1981 and 2002, a professional snooker tournament. As an invitational tournament it had never had the status of a world ranking tournament.


In 1981, the Scottish Masters was first staged. Mostly it was discharged as a first tournament of the season in September. First titleholder in 1981 was the then 19 -year-old Jimmy White, who thus won his first major title in professional snooker.

Until 1987 the tournament by the company " Langs Supreme" was sponsored and held in Glasgow. The prize money for the tournament winner was 1981 8.000 pounds and had doubled by 1987 to 16,000 pounds.

1988 did not take place the tournament, after which it returned under the new sponsor name ( Regal Scottish Masters instead of Lang's Scottish Masters) in the tour calendar. The number of participants was also eventually increased from eight to ten first, from 1992 to twelve. Between 1990 and 2000, the Civic Centre in Motherwell was fixed venue of the tournament. 1989 " shelf " as a sponsor of 32,500 pounds was paid out to the winner. In the following years the prize money continued to rise and reached first time in 1994 50,000 pounds. Between 1996 and 2002 it was 60000-65000 pounds.

For the years 2001 and 2002 the tournament returned to Glasgow. Because of the ban on tobacco advertising goods shelf could no longer sponsor the tournament from 2002; because there was no other financial sponsor, the tournament has been set.

With three titles are Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan record winner of this event. In 2000, Marco Fu from Hong Kong succeeded the only maximum break the tournament's history; in the fourth frame of the first round game against Ken Doherty, he scored the 39th official maximum in professional snooker.