DRAW: 2017 Betfred World Snooker Championship

The first round draw for the 2017 Betfred World Snooker Championship has just been made in Sheffield.

All matches in the first round will be played over the best of 19 frames with reigning champion Mark Selby beginning his defence on the opening day this Saturday against Ireland's Fergal O’Brien.

Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan meets Gary Wilson while there's an intriguing all-Chinese clash between Ding Junhui and young rising star Zhou Yuelong.

Stuart Bingham and Peter Ebdon will clash in a battle between two former world champions while Judd Trump, one of the favourites this year, plays Rory McLeod.

Here's the full first round draw:


Mark Selby vs Fergal O'Brien

Ryan Day vs Xiao Guodong

Neil Robertson vs Noppon Saengkham

Marco Fu vs Luca Brecel


Shaun Murphy vs Yan Bingtao

Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Gary Wilson

Liang Wenbo vs Stuart Carrington

Ding Junhui vs Zhou Yuelong


Stuart Bingham vs Peter Ebdon

Kyren Wilson vs David Grace

Mark Allen vs Jimmy Robertson

John Higgins vs Martin Gould


Barry Hawkins vs Tom Ford

Ali Carter vs Graeme Dott

Anthony McGill vs Stephen Maguire

Judd Trump vs Rory McLeod