Masters final is halted after WHOOPEE CUSHION is planted in the auditorium at Alexandra Palace
Stuart Bingham gets second wind to beat Ali Carter and become the oldest Masters champion at Alexandra Palace… after the final was held up because a prankster had planted a whoopee cushion-like device in the auditorium
- Stuart Bingham beat Ali Carter 10-8 to become the oldest Masters champion
- However, the Masters final at Alexandra Palace was halted on Sunday evening
- Repeated noises from a whoopee cushion-like device saw match interrupted
- The noises came from a device that was pre-planted and was operated remotely
Stuart Bingham became the oldest Masters champion on Sunday night in a final dramatically halted by a phantom raspberry-blower.
The 43-year-old beat Essex rival Ali Carter 10-8 for his biggest success since winning the World Championship in 2015.
A beaming world No 14 Bingham lifted the Paul Hunter Trophy and pocketed the £250,000 first prize in front of a raucous and sold-out arena. He is four months older than Ray Reardon was when he beat Graham Miles 44 years ago.
Stuart Bingham beat Ali Carter to become the oldest Masters champion on Sunday night
The 43-year-old beat Essex rival Carter 10-8 to lift the Paul Hunter Trophy at Alexandra Palace
But midway through the fifth frame, play was stopped by referee Brendan Moore after it was disrupted by a whoopee cushion-type noise emanating from a device placed under a seat.
The device was found, believed to have been placed there by a fan sitting elsewhere in the arena and activated remotely.
Bingham, who wrapped up victory with his first century of the week, said: ‘From 7-5 down at the interval I was thinking about what to say in my losing speech.
‘It is impossible to put into words what this means. That is seven major tournaments and my target is 10.
The Masters final between Bingham and Carter was halted by a whoopee cushion-like device
The noises came from a small device believed to have been pre-planted and operated remotely
‘With the noises earlier, when I was at the table I heard something and I could see a couple of people trying very hard not to laugh near that area.
‘Then it went off again and I just thought that can’t be natural — only a couple of people in my family can do that! Someone is trying to have a laugh but it is our livelihood and a serious business, and these things can go a bit too far.’
Carter was given a place because of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s decision to snub the event.
He said: ‘I have turned up and done better than what I expected. I am gutted, very disappointed not to win but Stuart has finished it really well.’