O’Sullivan Soars Ahead On One-Year List
Ronnie O’Sullivan has established a lead of £183,900 on the one year ranking list following his victory at the Betway UK Championship.
The Rocket won the UK title for a record equalling sixth time on Sunday night, beating Shaun Murphy 10-5 in the final in York to take the £170,000 top prize. O’Sullivan has won three ranking titles within the past two months having landed the English Open in October and Shanghai Masters in November.
He has now won £415,500 in ranking events alone this season and is well clear of second-placed Luca Brecel on the one year list. Murphy’s £75,000 runner-up prize sees him jump from 10th to fifth. Ryan Day reached the semi-finals and he’s up one place to 11th, while Stephen Maguire also reached the last four and he leaps from 16th to 12th. Thailand’s Sunny Akani showed his potential with a run to the last 16, and he flies up from 52nd to 38th.
There are three ranking events to go (Dafabet Scottish Open, D88 German Masters and Coral Shoot Out) until the cut-off falls for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix. The top 32 on the one-year list after the Coral Shoot Out will qualify for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston (February 19-25). Then the top 16 from the same list after the Gibraltar Open will qualify for the Ladbrokes Players Championship in Llandudno (March 19-25).
As it stands there are nine players in the top 32 of the one year list who are outside the top 32 of the official two year list, and four players in the top 16 of the one year list who are outside the top 16 of the two-year list.
O’Sullivan moves up from fourth to second on the two-year list though still £706,250 behind Mark Selby. Day crucially moved up three places from 19th to 16th which earned him a place in next month’s Dafabet Masters, with former champion Neil Robertson among those to miss out on a place at Alexandra Palace.
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