World Grand Prix Race Underway

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Earlier this year the Welsh town of Llandudno was host to the inaugural World Grand Prix event, won by 25-year-old Judd Trump live on ITV4.

Following its success, the event will return later this season, but with a couple of important changes to note.

The first is that unlike last season, the event will now become a full-ranking event, meaning that all prize money earned will count towards the prize money based official ranking list.

A number of analysts and players were surprised to note that the World Grand Prix was not a ranking event last season, given that events such as the Players Championship do hold that status, so this move seems to have been well-received.

Secondly, the qualification process for the event has been tweaked slightly for 2015/16, with the top 32 players, determined by prize money earned at all events between the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open and the 2016 Gdynia Open (inclusive), qualifying for this season’s event.

Last term, prize money earned from the previous season’s World Championship was also included, but given that this immediately placed new professionals at a disadvantage, now all 128 professionals (give or take a couple of late qualifiers), are able to start on a level footing.

To date, with only one event played so far this season, those who performed well in Bendigo have naturally given themselves a good base on which to go forward from over the course of the coming months.

With five full-ranking events, six European Tour events and a couple of Asian Tour events still to go however, all is still to play for between now and the cut-off for Llandudno next February…

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