As 2016 comes to a close on the World Snooker Tour with Marco Fu’s brilliant victory at the Scottish Open, we also reach the sixth seedings revision of the current season. Continue reading for a summary of all of the key ranking movements following the action in Glasgow.
The new list will be used to determine the seedings for the 2017 China Open.
Despite long-time world number Mark Selby being absent in Scotland last week, still he managed to extend his lead to nearest challenger Stuart Bingham, who lost more from his total following the removal of prize money from the 2016 Lisbon Open.
In fact, Scotland’s John Higgins came within a win of moving up above Bingham into second place for the first time in over five years, but defeat to Marco Fu in yesterday’s final ensured that he would remain behind in third position.
Elsewhere, the top 16 has remained relatively static, with the exception of Fu’s surge from 14th place to 8th, having earned £70,000 following his Glasgow success.
The Top 16
Aside from Marco Fu’s move as mentioned above, the top 16 battle remains largely unchanged with Kyren Wilson enjoying a lead of over £30,000 to 17th placed Walden.
Dropping four places to his lowest position since the 2003/4 season is Scotland’s Stephen Maguire, with the prize money from his success at the 2014 Lisbon Open having now been removed from his ranking.
He dropped out of the top 32 just a fortnight ago following the UK Championship, but by reaching the quarter-finals in Glasgow Robert Milkins has made short work of regaining his position. It has been a difficult 12-18 months for Milkins, but there have been encouraging signs in recent weeks and his last eight run marks his best result at a ranking event since the 2015 China Open.
Falling out of the group however is Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who has now gone seven consecutive events without earning any prize money at all. He is at least now guaranteed to break his barren spell following the venue stages of the German Masters in Berlin, following qualification in Barnsley earlier this month.
One player moving in the right direction is Yu Delu, who following his first semi-final appearance at the weekend climbs 13 places to 46th position, ending any doubt as to his tour status for next season.
A significant career milestone for Chris Wakelin this week as following two victories in Scotland, he will now climb up into the world’s top 64 for the first time in his career. In the short-term his rise (on paper at least), should provide him with an easier first round draw at the China Open (as he will play someone from the bottom 64 seeds rather than the top 64), but he will now be looking to make sure that he remains there at the end of the season to safeguard his tour position.
Also consolidating their positions in 61st and 63rd respectively are Joe Swail and Ian Burns, who also reached the last 32 in Glasgow. It has been a tough season for Swail in particular, but he will be hoping that his run proves to be a turning point for him as he looks to retain his tour place beyond the end of the season.
Dropping out meanwhile is Alfie Burden, who has now not earned prize money since October’s International Championship and has not qualified for the final stages of the next ranking event in Berlin.
Also hot on his heels is veteran Anthony Hamilton, who remarkably now stands on the verge of a top 64 position following barely half a season of his current tour-card following a last 16 run during the final event of 2016.
The next seeding revision will come on the 6th February 2017 following the German Masters.