The race to the Coral Cup 2020

Main Tour snooker starts again next Monday.

Today Worldsnooker looked at the race to the Coral Cup events:

The race to qualify for the first Coral Series event of the season will conclude during the final stages of the BetVictor European Masters and BetVictor German Masters.

Only the top 32 players on the one-year ranking list at the end of the Berlin event – come February 2nd – will qualify for the Coral World Grand Prix, which starts on February 3rd in Cheltenham.

The qualifying rounds have already been played for the BetVictor European Masters (results here) and BetVictor German Masters (results here) so any player now outside the top 32 who has not qualified for either event is out of the running.

Ben Woollaston currently clings on to 32nd spot but having failed to qualify for either event he’ll need other results to go his way to keep his place for Cheltenham.

He has a gap of just £2,500 over 35th-placed Scott Donaldson who has made it to both Dornbirn and Berlin, so if Donaldson wins two matches in either event to reach the quarter-finals he’ll go ahead of Woollaston.

Places from 25th to 38th as it stands (including money won the in the qualifiers):

Player Money Qualified for Austria? Qualified for Germany?
25 Matthew Selt £51,750 No Yes
26 Matthew Stevens £50,750 No No
27 Li Hang £50,500 No No
28 Zhao Xintong £50,250 Yes Yes
29 Michael Holt £50,000 Yes No
30 Zhou Yuelong £49,250 Yes No
31 Xiao Guodong £49,000 Yes No
32 Ben Woollaston £46,250 No No
33 Hossein Vafaei £46,000 No No
34 Ricky Walden £44,750 No No
35 Scott Donaldson £43,750 Yes Yes
36 Anthony McGill £43,000 No Yes
37 Mark Joyce £41,250 No No
38 Luca Brecel £40,500 Yes Yes

There are a further four players  – Robbie Williams, Jak Jones, Tian Pengfei, Robert Milkins – who have qualified for both events so they each have two chances to jump up the list and earn a spot in the first event of the lucrative Coral Series.

With top prizes of £80,000 up for grabs in both Dornbirn and Berlin, every player still in either event has a chance.

The subsequent two Coral Series events are:

Coral Players Championship, Southport Waterfront, February 24 to March 1. Top 16 on the one-year list after the BetVictor Shoot Out will qualify.

Coral Tour Championship, Llandudno, March 17-22. Top eight on the one-year list after the BetVictor Gibraltar Open will qualify.

Ronnie is safe for the first event of the series … but he will need a good run in it and/or in the Welsh Open 2020 if he is to defended his Players Championship title, and even more so if he wants to get a chance to defend his Tour Championship title. He’s currently 17th on the onne year list, but having entered neither of the two Europrean events, he’s almost certain to find himself lower on the one year list at the start of the Grand Prix. Last year he lost in the first round to Marco Fu…