Tour Players 2017/18

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Following the conclusion of this year’s Q School event last weekend which saw a further eight main tour places confirmed for next season, we are now little over a week away from the start of the 2017/18 season and the 2017 Kaspersky Riga Masters qualifiers in Preston.

With some players having dropped off and others joining (or indeed re-joining) the tour, it is time for my annual look at who is set to be on tour for the season ahead.

For a full explanation of how the tour places are allocated, please see my previous article here.

The players currently confirmed to be on the main tour are as follows:

The Top 64 (64)

These players finished inside the top 64 of the official world ranking list at the end of last season and so will retain their places on the circuit, with a one-year card.

End of season rankings:

  1. Mark Selby
  2. John Higgins
  3. Judd Trump
  4. Ding Junhui
  5. Barry Hawkins
  6. Marco Fu
  7. Neil Robertson
  8. Shaun Murphy
  9. Stuart Bingham
  10. Mark Allen
  11. Liang Wenbo
  12. Ali Carter
  13. Kyren Wilson
  14. Ronnie O’Sullivan
  15. Mark Williams
  16. Martin Gould
  17. Anthony McGill
  18. Ryan Day
  19. David Gilbert
  20. Mark King
  21. Ricky Walden
  22. Joe Perry
  23. Michael Holt
  24. Stephen Maguire
  25. Anthony Hamilton
  26. Michael White
  27. Luca Brecel
  28. Ben Woollaston
  29. Alan McManus
  30. Graeme Dott
  31. Tom Ford
  32. Zhou Yuelong
  33. Dominic Dale
  34. Matt Selt
  35. Robert Milkins
  36. Jamie Jones
  37. Mark Davis
  38. Jimmy Robertson
  39. Xiao Guodong
  40. Peter Ebdon
  41. Rory McLeod
  42. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  43. Mike Dunn
  44. David Grace
  45. Fergal O’Brien
  46. Stuart Carrington
  47. Yu Delu
  48. Mark Joyce
  49. Andrew Higginson
  50. Tian Pengfei
  51. Sam Baird
  52. Kurt Maflin
  53. Robbie Williams
  54. Jack Lisowski
  55. Matthew Stevens
  56. Yan Bingtao
  57. Gary Wilson
  58. Li Hang
  59. Hossein Vafaei
  60. Oliver Lines
  61. Alfie Burden
  62. Daniel Wells
  63. Chris Wakelin
  64. Noppon Saengkham

The Two Year Cards (31)

These players competed on the main tour in 2016/17 and will start the 2017/18 season on the second year of their two-year tour cards.

Note that Rouzi Maimaiti has not taken up his second year and so is not included.

  • Scott Donaldson
  • John Astley
  • Zhang Anda
  • Liam Highfield
  • Lee Walker
  • Mei Xiwen
  • Hammad Miah
  • Zhao Xintong
  • Michael Georgiou
  • Mitchell Mann
  • Sam Craigie
  • Jak Jones
  • Aditya Mehta
  • Ian Preece
  • Fang Xiongman
  • Wang Yuchen
  • Craig Steadman
  • Alex Borg
  • Thor Chuan Leong
  • Elliot Slessor
  • Adam Duffy
  • Josh Boileau
  • Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn
  • Cao Yupeng
  • Christopher Keogan
  • Boonyarit Keattikun
  • Jamie Curtis-Barrett
  • Chen Zhe
  • Kurt Dunham
  • David John
  • Leo Fernandez

The Top Eight (One-Year Ranking list) (8)

The top eight players on the one-year ranking list, not already inside of the top 64 of the two-year ranking list or on the first year of a two-year card, have earned a tour card for the 2017/18 season. They earn a fresh two-year tour card, starting on zero ranking points.

  1. Akani Songsermsawad
  2. Rhys Clark
  3. Robin Hull
  4. Rod Lawler
  5. Ross Muir
  6. Nigel Bond
  7. Eden Sharav
  8. Ian Burns

Q School (12)

A further 12 will be promoted from the Q School and again they will receive a two-year tour card.

  • Lukas Kleckers (2017 Q School Event One semi-finalist)
  • Allan Taylor (2017 Q School Event One semi-finalist)
  • Ashley Hugill (2017 Q School Event One semi-finalist)
  • Billy Joe Castle (2017 Q School Event One semi-finalist)
  • Sanderson Lam (2017 Q School Event Two semi-finalist)
  • Duane Jones (2017 Q School Event Two semi-finalist)
  • Chen Zifan (2017 Q School Event Two semi-finalist)
  • Paul Davison (2017 Q School Event Two semi-finalist)
  • Zhang Yong (2017 Q School Order of Merit)
  • Sean O’Sullivan (2017 Q School Order of Merit)
  • Joe Swail (2017 Q School Order of Merit)
  • Martin O’Donnell (2017 Q School Order of Merit)

EBSA Play-Offs (2)

Two more qualified via the EBSA Play-Offs at Ponds Forge last month. They will also earn a two-year card.

  1. Gerard Greene
  2. Peter Lines

China Tour Nominations (2)

Two players have qualified via the CBSA China Tour. They earn a fresh two-year tour cards.

  1. Li Yuan
  2. Niu Zhuang

International Nominations (9)

The remaining players come from a mix of other amateur/international competitions and again will earn a two-year card.

  • Soheil Vahedi (IBSF champion)
  • Xu Si (IBSF under 21 champion)
  • Chris Totten (EBSA champion)
  • Alexander Ursenbacher (EBSA u-21 champion)
  • Lyu Haotian (ACBS champion)
  • Yuan Sijun (ACBS u-21 champion)
  • Hamza Akbar (Special dispensation in place of Americas Nomination)
  • Matthew Bolton (Oceania champion)
  • TBC (Africa Nomination)

Invitational Tour Cards (3)

There are a further three players who will be able to play having been awarded invitational tour cards. Note that as  invitational tour card holders, there players are only eligible to enter events where there are sufficient spaces subject to main tour entries.

  • Jimmy White (FIRST year of a two-year invitational tour card)
  • Ken Doherty (FIRST year of a two-year invitational tour card)
  • James Wattana (SECOND year of a two-year invitational tour card)

These players will be seeded after main tour professionals, but above amateur top ups taken from the Q School ranking list.