August ended with victory for Mark Selby at the Paul Hunter Classic, following which the World Snooker seeding list was updated for the second time during the 2016/17 season.
The new list will be used to determine the seedings for both the European Masters and the International Championship events, both set to be held in October.
- Click here to view the updated rankings at the first mid-season seedings revision
- Click here for a reminder of how the World Snooker ranking list works
While Mark Selby was already assured of retaining top spot prior to his victory last weekend at the Stadthalle, his latest success sees the reigning world champion extend his lead to over £93,000 ahead of Stuart Bingham.
With Bingham soon set to see the deduction of his prize money from winning the Shanghai Masters back in 2014, the likelihood is that Selby will extend his lead further, unless Stuart can repeat his success in China two years on.
The Top 16
With a lower amount of prize money on offer in Germany relative to many other events, there is also no change to the 16 top ranked players at the latest revision.
Most interestingly, we see Barry Hawkins drop down to 16th place, his lowest position in over four years as in recent months he has seen the deduction of nearly £180,000 from his total, earned by strong performances back in 2014.
Again, there is no change in and around the top 32 but it could been very different as Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh fell just one match short of breaking into the top 32 for the first time in Germany.
Needing a run to the final to overtake Peter Ebdon for 32nd place, Un-Nooh memorably made it through to the semi-finals, making his first professional maximum break along the way. Ultimately however he could not defeat Leicester’s Tom Ford, losing 4-2 and so remains on the cusp of breaking into snooker’s second most prestigious bracket.
Elsewhere, Ford himself climbs two places to 38th, while Fuerth’s second semi-finalist Dominic Dale also gained two positions.
And rounding up perhaps the least eventful seedings update since the inception of the rolling rankings, there are also no changes around the top 64 section of the rankings, with each of the players ranked 62-71 losing their opening match in Germany.
Yu Delu continues to hold on to 64th position, with Alfie Burden, Nigel Bond, Martin O’Donnell and Jamie Cope in pursuit.
The next seedings revision will come on the 26th September 2016 following the Shanghai Masters.