Ronnie O’Sullivan has leapt into the top 32 of the one-year ranking list by reaching the final of last week’s 19.com Northern Ireland Open.
O’Sullivan lost 9-7 to Judd Trump in the final in Belfast but the £30,000 runner-up prize sees him climb from 83rd to 22nd. There are just four counting tournaments until the field is set for the first 2020 Coral Series event, with only the top 32 to qualify for Cheltenham.
Coral World Grand Prix, Cheltenham, February 3-9. Top 32 on the one-year list after the BetVictor German Masters will qualify.
Coral Players Championship, Southport Waterfront, February 24 to March 1. Top 16 on the one-year list after the BetVictor Shoot Out.
Coral Tour Championship, Llandudno, March 17-22. Top eight on the one-year list after the BetVictor Gibraltar Open.
Trump stretches his lead at the top and has now earned £412,000 from ranking events alone this season.
Alexander Ursenbacher enjoyed a fine run to the quarter-finals and he’s up from 87th to 60th. Anthony Hamilton also made the last eight and climbs from 60th to 38th.
Stephen Maguire currently lies in 32nd position with £28,500 while Neil Robertson is 36th with £25,000 so needs positive results over the next four events to ensure his place in the field for the Coral Series.
Currently there are six players inside the top 16 of the one-year list who are outside the top 16 of the two-year list:
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (4th)
Yan Bingtao (9th)
Graeme Dott (12th)
Tom Ford (13th)
Kurt Maflin (15th)
Hossein Vafaei (16th)
And they are in place of Ding Junhui (20th), Ronnie O’Sullivan (22nd), Stuart Bingham (23rd), Jack Lisowski (26th), Stephen Maguire (32nd) and Neil Robertson (36th).
On the official two-year list, Trump now has £1,394,000 and a lead of £405,500 over second-placed O’Sullivan.
Perry has boosted his chances of a Masters spot
The Race to the Dafabet Masters is into the home stretch at the Betway UK Championship, which starts on November 26. The top 16 at the end of that event will qualify for Alexandra Palace in January.
Joe Perry reached the semi-finals in Belfast and he crucially moves up from 17th to 14th, nudging Stephen Maguire out of the top 16. The top 13 are safe but it’s all to play in York for the next three spots:
13th: Jack Lisowski £352,750
14th: Joe Perry £282,000
15th: Ding Junhui £279,750
16th: Ali Carter £275,500
17th: Stephen Maguire £270,500
18th: Gary Wilson £247,100
With £6,500 for the first-round winners in York, the opening matches next week will be vital. And with a top prize of £200,000 up for grabs, every player down to Fergal O’Brien in 67th place is still in the running.
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