Ronnie O’Sullivan may have already done enough to secure his place in all three Coral Series events thanks to his victory at the Betway UK Championship.
The Rocket beat Mark Allen 10-6 in the final in York on Sunday to win a record seventh UK title and 19th Triple Crown in all. And the £170,000 top prize sees him fly up 20 places to second on the one-year ranking list. From the three ranking events he has contested so far this season, O’Sullivan has earned £220,000.
The one-year list will be used to determine the fields for the Coral Series later in the season. Only the top 32 will qualify automatically for the Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham (February 4-10), then the top 16 go on to the Coral Players Championship in Preston (March 4-10), and only the top eight will make it to the new Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 19-24).
Allen – tops the one-year list
O’Sullivan is now nearly £100,000 ahead of the player in eighth position, Stuart Bingham with £120,500.
There are just two events to go until the field of 32 is set for the Coral World Grand Prix. This week’s BetVictor Scottish Open in Glasgow and then the D88.com German Masters (January 30 to February 3) are the only remaining counting events in the Race to Cheltenham. Sunny Akani currently occupied 32nd position with £41,500, but just £5,500 separates him from Scott Donaldson in 41st. For more on that race click here.
Mark Allen’s runner-up prize of £75,000 in York put him top of the one-year list with £283,000. Semi-finalist Stuart Bingham moved one place up to eighth while Tom Ford got to the semis of a Triple Crown event for the first time, and his career-biggest pay day of £35,000 sees him jump from 48th to 21st.
As it stands there are:
Eight players inside the top 32 of the one-year list who are outside the top 32 of the official rankings.
Four players inside the top 16 of the one-year list who are outside the official top 16.
Three players inside the top eight of the one-year list who are outside the official top eight.
In the official two year world rankings, O’Sullivan remains in third place but closes the gap on top two Mark Selby and Mark Williams and looks set for a three-way battle for the top spot over the coming months.
Allen is up to sixth, equalling his career highest, while Ford leaps eight spots to 28th.
The Race to the Masters concluded in York with Jack Lisowski finishing in 16th place and earning a debut in snooker’s biggest invitation event, to take place from January 13 to 20 at Alexandra Palace. For details of the draw click here.
Tickets for all of the above events are on sale now – for details click here.