More snooker news – 4 October 2022

WST has published the prize money schedule for this season

They also published an article about the current ranking standings

Here are the main “points of interest”

  • Ryan Day now tops the one year list and is certain to be in the World Grand Prix and, barring extraordinary, in the Players Championship as well
  • Star names currently outside the top 32 of the one-year list, hence currently not qualifying for the World Grand Prix, include Ronnie O’Sullivan (78th), John Higgins (91st) and Neil Robertson who is yet to play in a ranking event this season.
  • In the race to the Masters Ryan Day has pushed Ricky Walden out of the top 16 and now occupies the 15th spot. There are only two remaining events counting towards that list: The Northern Ireland Open and the UK Championship.
  • Day has also qualified for the Champion of Champions, with only the Northern Ireland Open counting towards that event.

It’s worth noting that the UK Championship is played earlier than usual, and there are more than one and a half months, and two ranking events to be played, between the final of the UK and the start of the Masters. That means that there is a real possibility that the top 16 changes between the Masters draw and the actual tournament. This is not great, and it’s also not fair, but it’s done to please the BBC as they insist to have the Masters draw made during the final of the UK Champs. Basically snooker outside “their” events doesn’t “count”.

Finally … players are arriving in Hong Kong. (images shared on Chinese social media)

2 thoughts on “More snooker news – 4 October 2022

  1. It does potentially create a scheduling problem. Those 16 who play in the Masters clash with the qualifiers for Welsh Open and Turkish Masters. It’s possible someone might not get a held-over match if they drop out of the 16 before the draws are made. But it’s easy to fudge the situation if it only affects 1 or 2 players.

  2. Something to note, I believe the winner of this week’s Hong Kong Masters also gets a Champion of Champions spot, although that realistically only matters to Mark Selby.

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