The field of 16 top snooker stars has now been confirmed for the Coral Players Championship in Preston, which runs from March 4 to 10, with Ronnie O’Sullivan among the players in action on the opening night.
Only the leading 16 players from the one-year ranking list have qualified for the £380,000 world ranking event at the iconic Guild Hall. The ITV-televised tournament is the second of three events in the 2019 Coral Snooker Series.
Top stars in action in Preston will include Coral World Grand Prix champion Judd Trump, five-time World Champion O’Sullivan, world number one Mark Selby, World Champion Mark Williams, four-time Crucible king John Higgins, Mark Allen, Neil Robertson and many more.
The first round matches are below (seedings in brackets):
Mark Allen (1) v Stephen Maguire (16): Monday March 4 at 7pm
David Gilbert (8) v Stuart Bingham (9): Wednesday March 6 at 1pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan (5) v Barry Hawkins (12): Monday March 4 at 7pm
Mark Selby (4) v John Higgins (13): Wednesday March 6 at 1pm
Neil Robertson (3) v Joe Perry (14): Tuesday March 5 at 1pm
Mark Williams (6) v Ali Carter (11): Tuesday March 5 at 1pm
Kyren Wilson (7) v Jack Lisowski (10): Tuesday March 5 at 7pm
Judd Trump (2) v Jimmy Robertson (15): Tuesday March 5 at 7pm
QF1 Allen / Maguire v Gilbert / Bingham: Thursday March 7 at 7pm
QF2 O’Sullivan / Hawkins v Selby / Higgins: Friday March 8 at 1pm
QF3 Robertson / Perry v Williams / Carter: Thursday March 7 at 1pm
QF4 Wilson / Lisowski v Trump / Robertson: Wednesday March 6 at 7pm
SF1: Saturday March 9 at 7pm
SF2: Friday March 8 at 7pm
Mark Selby and John Higgins met in the 2017 World final
A spokesman for World Snooker said: “It’s an incredibly strong field with the great names of modern snooker in the draw. And some of the first round matches would grace the final of any tournament, in fact Mark Selby and John Higgins met in the World Championship final two years ago!
“We are delighted to be heading back to the Preston Guild Hall, where major snooker tournaments have been staged since 1978. We know how much the fans in Lancashire love our sport, and the players know it is one of the best arenas on the circuit.
“This is an extremely prestigious event with an elite field. As well as battling for the title and top prize of £125,000, players are also competing to secure a place in the top eight on the one year ranking list and qualify for the third and final event in the Coral Snooker Series, the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 19-24).
“Judd Trump could be the man to beat having won the Coral World Grand Prix, if he can win the next two events he’ll complete the ‘Coral Slam’ and earn a massive £500,000. It is going to be a week of snooker of the highest quality in Preston, and we strongly urge fans to get tickets booked quickly because certain sessions will sell out.”
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