The draw for this season’s prestigious invitation event, The Masters, has been made during the mid-session interval of the UK Championship final in York.
Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will return to the Alexandra Palace in London next month in search of a record seventh Masters crown.
This edition will be the first time that the players will be competing for the newly named Paul Hunter Trophy.
As ever, with only the elite top 16 in the world rankings qualifying for an invite, the draw has thrown up some tasty first round ties.
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-5 Liang Wenbo
Neil Robertson 6-3 Ali Carter
Judd Trump 5-6 Marco Fu
John Higgins 5-6 Mark Allen
Stuart Bingham 1-6 Joe Perry
Ding Junhui 6-3 Kyren Wilson
Shaun Murphy 1-6 Barry Hawkins
Mark Selby 6-5 Mark Williams
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 Neil Robertson
Marco Fu 6-2 Mark Allen
Joe Perry 6-1 Ding Junhui
Barry Hawkins 6-3 Mark Selby
Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-4 Marco Fu
Joe Perry 6-5 Barry Hawkins
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Joe Perry
The Masters takes place from 15th to 22nd January, 2017.