RANKINGS UPDATE – DAYLIGHT AT THE TOP FOR TRUMP
Judd Trump has built significant leads at the top of both the two-year and one-year ranking lists thanks to his victory at the Zhiyuan World Open in Yushan.
A 10-5 final victory over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh gave Trump the £150,000 top prize and his sixth title within the past 12 months. Those six events alone have earned him £1,195,000.
He tops the one-year ranking list with £342,000, going ahead of Shaun Murphy who has £240,500.
This list is based on money earned in ranking events this season and will be used to determine who makes it to the three Coral Series events:
Coral World Grand Prix, Cheltenham, February 3-9. Top 32 on the one-year list after the BetVictor German Masters will qualify.
Coral Players Championship, Southport Waterfront, February 24 to March 1. Top 16 on the one-year list after the BetVictor Shoot Out.
Coral Tour Championship, Llandudno, March 17-22. Top eight on the one-year list after the BetVictor Gibraltar Open.
Last season, Kyren Wilson was the eighth and last seed at the Coral Tour Championship with £190,500 so Trump looks certain to qualify for all three.
Un-Nooh earned his biggest ever pay-day of £75,000 and he leaps from 27th to fourth with £96,000. Last season, Stephen Maguire was in 16th spot for the Coral Players Championship with £105,500 so Un-Nooh looks on course to qualify for at least the first two Coral events.
Yushan semi-finalist Kyren Wilson is up from 25th to tenth while John Higgins lost in the other semi-final and he climbs from 17th to ninth.
On the official two-year list, Trump now has a lead of £307,250 over second-placed Mark Williams. Un-Nooh rises 15 spots from 37th to 22nd.
This list will be used to determine the seedings for next week’s 19.com Northern Ireland Open, with the top 32 seeded and the remaining players drawn at random. The draw and format for that event will be released shortly.
There are seven players currently inside the top 32 of the one-year list who are outside the top 32 on the official two-year list.
The Race to the Masters is now in a crucial stage with just two events to go – the 19.com Northern Ireland Open and Betway UK Championship – before the top 16 is set for Alexandra Palace.
Stephen Maguire is clinging on to 16th place but he’s just £1,000 ahead of Joe Perry. Un-Nooh has jumped to 20th place to give himself hope of a Masters debut, though he still trails Maguire by £45,275 so he needs another deep run in either Belfast or York.
Source: World Snooker