Worldsnooker has, yesterday, made and published the draw for the Welsh Open 2016, to be played in Cardiff next week. It’s Barry Pinches first for Ronnie.
The format and schedule of play is not known yet, but should be published later today. I will update this post when this information becomes available.
It doesn’t look like a bad draw for Ronnie. Tian Pengfei could be dangerous in the last 64, especially over the short best of 7 format, but he’s rather inconsistent. There is a possible clash with Mark Selby in the QF, but they first need to get that far and it becomes best of 9 at that stage.
Ronnie needs to make at least the final to have a chance to qualify for the World Grand Prix.