The Masters is snooker's most prestigious invitation tournament.

 

Ever-present on the snooker calendar since 1975, the event's importance is down to the high level of prize money and the fact that is restricted to an elite field, as only the world's top 16 players qualify by right.

 

The tournament was staged at Wembley Conference Centre for nearly 30 years, until it moved next door to Wembley Arena in 2007. It has been moved to Alexandra Palace for 2012.

 

Previous finals:

 

1975 John Spencer bt Ray Reardon 9-8
1976 Ray Reardon bt Graham Miles 7-3
1977 Doug Mountjoy bt Ray Reardon 7-6
1978 Alex Higgins bt Cliff Thorburn 7-5
1979 Perrie Mans bt Alex Higgins 8-4
1980 Terry Griffiths bt Alex Higgins 9-5
1981 Alex Higgins bt Terry Griffiths 9-6
1982 Steve Davis bt Terry Griffiths 9-5
1983 Cliff Thorburn bt Ray Reardon 9-7
1984 Jimmy White bt Terry Griffiths 9-5
1985 Cliff Thorburn bt Doug Mountjoy 9-6
1986 Cliff Thorburn bt Jimmy White 9-5
1987 Dennis Taylor bt Alex Higgins 9-8
1988 Steve Davis bt Mike Hallett 9-0
1989 Stephen Hendry bt John Parrott 9-6
1990 Stephen Hendry bt John Parrott 9-4
1991 Stephen Hendry bt Mike Hallett 9-8
1992 Stephen Hendry bt John Parrott 9-4
1993 Stephen Hendry bt James Wattana 9-5
1994 Alan McManus bt Stephen Hendry 9-8
1995 Ronnie O'Sullivan bt John Higgins 9-3
1996 Stephen Hendry bt Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-5
1997 Steve Davis bt Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-8
1998 Mark J. Williams bt Stephen Hendry 10-9
1999 John Higgins bt Ken Doherty 10-8
2000 Matthew Stevens bt Ken Doherty 10-8
2001 Paul Hunter bt Fergal O'Brien 10-9
2002 Paul Hunter bt Mark J. Williams 10-9
2003 Mark J. Williams bt Stephen Hendry 10-4
2004 Paul Hunter bt Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-9
2005 Ronnie O'Sullivan bt John Higgins 10-3
2006 John Higgins bt Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-9
2007 Ronnie O'Sullivan bt Ding Junhui 10-3
2008 Mark Selby bt Stephen Lee 10-3
2009 Ronnie O'Sullivan bt Mark Selby 10-8
2010 Mark Selby bt Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-9
2011 Ding Junhui bt Marco Fu 10-4
2012 Neil Robertson bt Shaun Murphy 10-6