Rankings Update – Crucible Draw Taking Shape
Neil Robertson’s victory at the XingPai China Open has seen him move from seventh to fourth in the world rankings, as we pass the cut off point for Betfred World Championship seedings.
The Australian picked up £225,000 for his victory and now tops the one-year list, having accumulated £590,500 in ranking events over the season.
The top 16 players in the world gain an automatic place at the World Championship and avoid the upcoming Crucible qualifiers. David Gilbert held onto his place in 16th, to confirm his first appearance in Sheffield as a seed. Jack Lisowski, who secured his place with a run to the China Open final, will also compete as a Crucible seed for the first time.
The confirmation of the top 16 now means their order in the World Championship draw is set. It is as follows:
Mark Williams (1) / Qualifier
David Gilbert (16) / Qualifier
Barry Hawkins (9) / Qualifier
Kyren Wilson (8) / Qualifier
John Higgins (5) / Qualifier
Stuart Bingham (12) / Qualifier
Shaun Murphy (13) / Qualifier
Neil Robertson (4) / Qualifier
Mark Selby (3) / Qualifier
Luca Brecel (14) / Qualifier
Jack Lisowski (11) / Qualifier
Mark Allen (6) / Qualifier
Judd Trump (7) / Qualifier
Ding Junhui (10) / Qualifier
Stephen Maguire (15) / Qualifier
Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) / Qualifier
Mark Selby exited in his first match in Beijing and was unable to regain the world number one spot from Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The £500,000 top prize on offer at the Crucible this year means that Selby, Robertson and defending champion Mark Williams still remain in the hunt to pass O’Sullivan and end the season as world number one. For the provisional end of season rankings click here.