In recognition of the outstanding achievement of winning the Dafabet Masters, Betway UK Championship and Betfred World Championship, those players will wear a Triple Crown logo (above) at every tournament where waistcoats are in the dress code.
Six players will carry the logo at Alexandra Palace:
John Higgins – four time World Champion, three time UK Champion, two time Masters champion
Mark Selby – three time World Champion, two time UK Champion, three time Masters champion
Mark Williams – three time World Champion, two time UK Champion, two time Masters champion
Judd Trump – current World Champion, 2011 UK Champion, current Masters champion
Neil Robertson – 2010 World Champion, two time UK Champion, 2012 Masters champion
Shaun Murphy – 2005 World Champion, 2008 UK Champion, 2015 Masters champion
Other than this half dozen, the only five Triple Crown winners in snooker history are Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Alex Higgins and Terry Griffiths.
There will also be a special display cabinet in the Fan Zone in the main foyer at Alexandra Palace where fans can find out all about the Triple Crown Series and the trophies.
A spokesman for WST said: “We have 25 tournaments around the globe, but the Triple Crown events remain the most prestigious and historic in snooker, and they are the titles the players covet most. In honour of the elite group of players who have won all three at some point during their career, we have created this new logo which they can wear with pride.”
I have to say I feel a bit uneasy about this thing. Of course players who have won all three tournaments should be proud. They carry a lot of history and prestige, they are major events, but … maybe I’m getting really old … it feels a bit like kindergarten stuff. You know, the “outstanding” kids getting some recognition in the form of a diploma, badge or star to show off. I wonder how the players feel about it and whether they will be given the choice to wear the logo or not.