Ryan Day’s run to the final of last week’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix has improved his chances of qualifying for next month’s Ladbrokes Players Championship in Llandudno.
Only the top 16 players on the one year ranking list will earn a spot at the tournament in North Wales, which runs from March 6 to 12 at Venue Cymru.
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The top prize in Llandudno will be a bumper £125,000, while even first round losers will receive £10,000.
Welshman Day earned £40,000 by reaching the fourth ranking event final of his career and he leaps up to 16th on the list with £94,362, putting him £4,812 ahead of 17th-placed Joe Perry.
There are three remaining counting events before the Llandudno line up is confirmed: the Coral Welsh Open, Coral Shoot Out and Jojobet.com Gibraltar Open – so it’s all to play for over the next few weeks.
One player who will certainly be in North Wales is Barry Hawkins, who will be going for the Ladbrokes double having won the World Grand Prix with a 10-7 defeat of Day. The Hawk’s third career ranking title earned him £100,000 and he’s up to second place on the one-year list, behind Mark Selby.
Hawkins jumps four places to eighth on the official two year ranking list, while Day moves up to 18th.
Day also climbs to 17th on the provisional two-year list which will come into affect after the China Open, at which point only the top 16 will earn an automatic place in the final stages of the Betfred World Championship, with all other players needing to win three qualifying matches to make it to the Crucible.
A few more good results for Day could secure him a place in Llandudno and Sheffield
A mere £713 separates Day from 15th-placed Joe Perry, and there are three other players within £10,000 of 16th placed Martin Gould.
So stay tuned – every result counts!
Hawkins is also now assured of a place in next season’s Champion of Champions – for details on that event click here
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