Worldsnooker have yesterday published the draw and format for the European Masters 2016, that is held next week in Bucharest.
Thursday 29 Sep 2016 06:08PM
The draw and format for the new European Masters is now available.
The tournament, televised by Eurosport, runs from October 3 to 9 at the Circul Globus in Bucharest and it will be the first ever professional snooker tournament in Romania.
Tickets are on sale now, for details CLICK HERE and fans should book their tickets fast.
The qualifying rounds took place in the UK this week and 34 players have made it through to Bucharest, including 11 of the world’s top 16. Ronnie O’Sullivan, World Champion Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and John Higgins will be among the top stars competing for the 75,000 Euro top prize.
There will be two tables in the first round (last 32) but after that, it’s just one table which is great for the players and the fans. Mark Selby and Ronnie will play their last 64 match on the opening day in the evening. Expect a full house. Should he beat Daniel Wells on Monday, Ronnie will face David Gilbert on Tuesday evening in a rematch of the Crucible last 32 in April. The tie of the last 32 round for me though is the clash between John Higgins and Michael Holt.
Thursday 29 Sep 2016 04:57PM
The draw and format for the new Evergrande China Championship in Guangzhou is now available.
Marco Fu and Liang Wenbo have been selected by the China Billiards and Snooker Association as the two wild cards. The rest of the 16-man field is the top ten in the world rankings plus the next four players on the one year list.
The winner of the invitation event will receive £200,000, the biggest prize ever outside the UK.
Given the nature of the tournament there are no easy matches but Ronnie has been handed a particularly tough draw: he will meet John Higgins in the last 16 on Wednesday 2 November 2016, with Judd Trump or Ali Carter awaiting should he win.
This one will please the purists, with matches being best of 11 up to the QF, SF being best of 17 and Final best of 19. Why on earth can’t they do the same for the UK Championship?