Yesterday, WST published an article about their efforts to have all players in Sheffield for the World Championship. It contains the same information basically as the one provided by Phil Haigh’s interview with Jason Ferguson, that was reported here.
But there is a very important new bit in it as well, explaining how the gaps left by players’ withdrawals will be filled:
Several players have indicated that they have decided not to travel to the UK and the draw for the qualifying rounds will be made after the entry deadline which falls on July 6th. If professional players from the main tour decide not to enter, they will be replaced as follows:
- The eight players competing in the Challenge Tour Play-Off event, to be staged on July 20.
- The top eight players from the 2019 Q School ranking list.
- (If required) players invited by the WPBSA.
Involving the eight Challenge Tour players who made the play-off is definitely the right thing to do. It rewards amateurs who have shown, throughout the season, their desire and commitment to become pros. Also, with the play-off event being played on the eve of the World Championship qualifiers, those players will already be there, tested and in “the bubble”. As it stands, those players are: Dean Young, Adam Duffy, Oliver Brown, Alan Taylor, Patrich Whelan, Rory McLeod, Jake Nicholson and Tyler Rees.