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The Masters Draw

The draw for the 2015 Masters invitation tournament at the Alexandra Palace was made today during the mid-session interval of the UK Championship final between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump.

Ronnie won in 2014 - Photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.
Ronnie won in 2014 – Photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

The ‘Rocket’ leads his fellow Englishman 3-1 early doors in the best-of-19 frame final but focus will soon turn to London, where the 39 year-old emerged victorious last year for his fifth triumph in the prestigious event.

As ever, with only the elite top 16 taking part, the first round draw threw up some potential humdingers – with the encounter between Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy particularly eye-catching.

Trump and Mark Allen must await their official seeding upon the conclusion of today’s final at the Barbican Centre.

The Masters starts on January 11th.

Here’s the last 16 line-up:

Mark Allen/ Judd Trump vs John Higgins

Stuart Bingham vs Marco Fu

Mark Allen/Judd Trump vs Stephen Maguire

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Ricky Walden

Neil Robertson vs Robert Milkins

Mark Selby vs Shaun Murphy

Barry Hawkins vs Ali Carter

Ding Junhui vs Joe Perry



Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Tour Championship – won by Neil Robertson.

1. Judd Trump
2. Ronnie O’Sullivan
3. Neil Robertson
4. Mark Selby
5. John Higgins
6. Kyren Wilson
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Stephen Maguire
9. Ding Junhui
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Barry Hawkins
12. Mark Williams
13. Mark Allen
14. Jack Lisowski
15. David Gilbert
16. Anthony McGill

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