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Rankings Leap For Bingham

Stuart Bingham is up to fourth place on the one-year ranking list following his victory at the BetVictor English Open.

Bingham won the fifth ranking title of his career by beating Mark Davis 9-7 in the final in Crawley on Sunday. He was previously down in 52nd place on the one-year list but the £70,000 prize has shot him up to fourth.

Davis reached his first ranking final, 27 years after turning pro, and the £30,000 runner-up prize lifts him from 39th to 13th. Ronnie O’Sullivan played in a ranking event for the first time this season and got to the semi-finals. His £20,000 brings him to 41st, just £5,100 behind Robert Milkins in 32nd.

The one-year list will be used to determine the fields for the Ladbrokes Series later in the season. Only the top 32 will qualify automatically for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Cheltenham (February 4-10), then the top 16 go on to the Ladbrokes Players Championship in Preston (March 4-10), and only the top eight will make it to the new Ladbrokes Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 19-24).

In the official two year world rankings, Bingham climbs from 15th to 11th, while Davis leaps from 45th to 34th.

Bingham’s victory also gives him a huge boost in the Race to the Masters as he is now up to 12th, with a cushion of £76,475 over 17th-placed Anthony McGill. That list will become the world rankings at the end of the UK Championship, with the top 16 to earn a place at the Masters in January. With only three ranking events to go, just £50,475 separates Marco Fu in 16th place from Yan Bingtao in 23rd.

The next ranking event is the International Championship in Daqing, China, running from October 28 to November 4.