Snooker season 2017/2018

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Snooker season 2017/2018
Snooker Main Tour 2017-18.png
Nations that are hosting a World Snooker Tour event during the 2017/2018 season
Details
Duration 4 May 2017 – 7 May 2018
Tournaments 38[n 1] (20 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK Championship England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Masters Northern Ireland Mark Allen
World Championship

The 2017/2018 snooker season is an ongoing series of professional snooker tournaments to be played between 4 May 2017 and 7 May 2018.

The China Championship became a ranking event and was brought forward to a mid-August date, ahead of the Paul Hunter Classic. The Shanghai Masters was initially withdrawn from the season calendar, but was later rescheduled for November 2017.[1] The biennial World Cup team event was played in July 2017. Another event not held every year returning in 2017 was the 2017 IWGA World Games. The Shoot-Out was brought forward to the start of February, ahead of both the World Grand Prix and Welsh Open.[2]

The new World Seniors Tour comprises four events, including the World Seniors Championship which will return to Scunthorpe in 2018.[3]

The second edition of the Home Nations Series being held in this season with the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open tournaments. A winner of all four tournaments would earn a bonus of £1 million.[4]

Players

Players on the Main Tour
by nation[5]
 Australia 3
 Belgium 1
 China 22
 Cyprus 1
 Egypt 1
 England 57
 Finland 1
 Germany 1
 Hong Kong 1
 India 1
 Iran 2
 Ireland 4
 Malaysia 1
 Malta 1
 Northern Ireland 3
 Norway 1
 Pakistan 1
 Scotland 10
  Switzerland 1
 Thailand 6
 Wales 12
Total 131

The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2017 World Championship, and the 31 player earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualified for the season (Rouzi Maimaiti has resigned his membership). Next 8 places were allocated to the top 8 on the One Year Ranking List who have not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another two players came from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs, and a further 12 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners, and four best-ranked players in the Order of Merit). The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations. Hamza Akbar received a tour card as a special dispensation in place of Americas nomination.[6][7]

The list of all professional players in the 2017/2018 season consist of 131 players, including the standard field of the 128 players and three invitational tour cards (James Wattana has second year of a two-year invitational tour card while Jimmy White and Ken Doherty were awarded the new two-year permission).[6][7] Beginning from this season, players with invitational tour cards are eligible to compete in any ranking event.[8] These players are seeded after main tour professionals, but above amateur top ups taken from the Q School ranking list.[9]

New professional players

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[6][7]

Calendar

The following tables outlines the results and dates for all the ranking and major invitational events.[17][18][19][20]

Date[n 2] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05–04 05–07  AUT P/A Vienna Snooker Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna England David Grace England Nigel Bond 5–2 [21]
05–24 05–27  BEL P/A Belgium Snooker Open Snooker Club Arena Ghent Belgium Bjorn Haneveer Belgium Ben Mertens 6–5 [22]
06–07 06–11  ENG P/A Pink Ribbon South West Snooker Academy Gloucester England Robert Milkins England Rob James 4–2
06–23 06–25  LAT WR Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga Wales Ryan Day Scotland Stephen Maguire 5–2 [23]
07–03 07–09  CHN TE World Cup (team event) Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium Wuxi China China A England England 4–3
07–20 07–23  HKG NR Hong Kong Masters Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong Australia Neil Robertson England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–3
07–26 07–30  POL P/A World Games Wrocław Congress Center Wrocław United Kingdom Kyren Wilson United Kingdom Ali Carter 3–1
07–28 07–29  CHN TE CVB Snooker Challenge (team event) Nanshan Culture & Sports Centre Shenzhen  Great Britain  China 26–9
08–16 08–22  CHN WR China Championship Guangzhou Sport University Guangzhou Belgium Luca Brecel England Shaun Murphy 10–5 [24]
08–22 08–27  GER WR Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth Wales Michael White England Shaun Murphy 4–2 [25]
09–04 09–09  THA VE Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok Wales Mark Williams Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 8–2
09–12 09–16  IND WR Indian Open Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach Vishakhapatnam Scotland John Higgins Scotland Anthony McGill 5–1
09–18 09–24  CHN WR World Open Yushan Number One Middle School Yushan China Ding Junhui England Kyren Wilson 10–3
09–19 09–21  TKM P/A Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games – Six-red Billiard Sports Arena Ashgabat China Yan Bingtao Iran Soheil Vahedi 5–1 [26]
09–22 09–24  TKM TE Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games – Team Billiard Sports Arena Ashgabat  Iran  Qatar 3–0 [27]
09–24 09–26  TKM P/A Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games – Singles Billiard Sports Arena Ashgabat China Zhao Xintong Iran Hossein Vafaei 4–2 [28]
10–02 10–08  BEL WR European Masters De Soeverein Lommel England Judd Trump England Stuart Bingham 9–7
10–16 10–22  ENG WR English Open Barnsley Metrodome Barnsley England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Kyren Wilson 9–2
10–23 10–27  CHN NR Haining Open Haining Sports Center Haining England Mark Selby England Tom Ford 5–1
10–24 10–26  ENG WST UK Seniors Championship Harlequin Theatre Redhill England Jimmy White Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 4–2
10–29 11–05  CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing England Mark Selby Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10–7
11–06 11–12  ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry England Shaun Murphy England Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–8
11–13 11–18  CHN WR Shanghai Masters Shanghai Grand Stage Shanghai England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Judd Trump 10–3
11–20 11–26  NIR WR Northern Ireland Open Waterfront Hall Belfast Wales Mark Williams China Yan Bingtao 9–8
11–28 12–10  ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Shaun Murphy 10–5
12–11 12–17  SCO WR Scottish Open Emirates Arena Glasgow Australia Neil Robertson China Cao Yupeng 9–8
01–06 01–07  IRL WST Seniors Irish Masters Goffs Kill England Steve Davis England Jonathan Bagley 4–0
01–14 01–21  ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London Northern Ireland Mark Allen England Kyren Wilson 10–7
01–26 01–28  ITA P/A Italian Snooker Open Sala Torre Bolzano
01–31 02–04  GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin
02–08 02–11  ENG WR Snooker Shoot-Out Watford Colosseum Watford
02–19 02–25  ENG WR World Grand Prix Preston Guild Hall Preston
02–26 03–04  WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
03–07 03–11  GIB WR Gibraltar Open Tercentenary Sports Hall, Victoria Stadium Gibraltar
03–19 03–25  WAL WR Players Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno
03–21 03–24  ENG WST World Seniors Championship Baths Hall Scunthorpe
01–02 03–29  ENG NR Championship League Ricoh Arena Coventry
04–01 04–08  CHN WR China Open Beijing
04–12 04–12  ENG WST The Seniors Masters Crucible Theatre Sheffield
04–21 05–07  ENG WR World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
VE = Variant event
TE = Team event
P/A = Pro–am event
WST = World Seniors Tour[3]

Official rankings

Note that the "Seeding revisions" given below are just those rankings that are used for seeding tournaments. Other rankings are produced after each ranking event which are not noted here.

Points distribution

2017/2018 points distribution for world ranking events:[29]

Tournament/Round→ R144 R128 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Riga Masters £0 £1,000 £2,000 £4,000 £6,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
China Championship £0 £4,000 £7,000 £12,000 £18,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
Paul Hunter Classic £0 £600 £1,000 £1,725 £3,000 £4,500 £10,000 £20,000
Indian Open £0 £2,000 £4,000 £6,000 £10,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
World Open £0 £4,000 £7,000 £12,000 £18,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
European Masters £0 £2,000 £4,000 £6,000 £11,000 £17,500 £35,000 £75,000
English Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
International Championship £0 £4,000 £8,500 £13,500 £21,500 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
Shanghai Masters £0 £4,000 £7,000 £12,000 £18,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
Northern Ireland Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
UK Championship £0 £5,000 £10,000 £15,000 £22,500 £35,000 £75,000 £170,000
Scottish Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
German Masters £0 £2,000 £4,000 £5,000 £10,000 £20,000 £35,000 £80,000
World Grand Prix £5,000 £7,500 £12,500 £20,000 £40,000 £100,000
Welsh Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
Shoot-Out £0[n 3] £500 £1,000 £2,000 £4,000 £8,000 £16,000 £32,000
Gibraltar Open £0 £1,000 £2,000 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £12,000 £25,000
Players Championship £10,000 £15,000 £30,000 £50,000 £125,000
China Open £0 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA £225,000
World Championship £0 £9,000 £13,500 £18,000[n 4] £27,500 £42,500 £85,000 £180,000 £425,000

Statistics of ranking tournaments

Finalists

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Winning tournaments
1 O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan  England 3 0 3 2017 English Open, 2017 Shanghai Masters, 2017 UK Championship
2 Trump, JuddJudd Trump  England 1 1 2 2017 European Masters
3 Day, RyanRyan Day  Wales 1 0 1 2017 Riga Masters
Brecel, LucaLuca Brecel  Belgium 1 0 1 2017 China Championship
White, MichaelMichael White  Wales 1 0 1 2017 Paul Hunter Classic
Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins  Scotland 1 0 1 2017 Indian Open
Junhui, DingDing Junhui  China 1 0 1 2017 World Open
Selby, MarkMark Selby  England 1 0 1 2017 International Championship
Williams, MarkMark Williams  Wales 1 0 1 2017 Northern Ireland Open
Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson  Australia 1 0 1 2017 Scottish Open
11 Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy  England 0 3 3
12 Wilson, KyrenKyren Wilson  England 0 2 2
13 Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire  Scotland 0 1 1
McGill, AnthonyAnthony McGill  Scotland 0 1 1
Bingham, StuartStuart Bingham  England 0 1 1
Allen, MarkMark Allen  Northern Ireland 0 1 1
Bingtao, YanYan Bingtao  China 0 1 1
Yupeng, CaoCao Yupeng  China 0 1 1
Total 12 12 24 12 of 20 tournaments completed

Champions by country

Rank Country Players Titles
1  England 3 5
2  Wales 3 3
3  Scotland 1 1
 Belgium 1 1
 China 1 1
 Australia 1 1

Notes

  1. ^ The three disciplines at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were part of the same tournament.
  2. ^ Dates use the month day format
  3. ^ First round losers in the Shoot-Out will receive £250 prize money which will not count towards the prize money rankings.
  4. ^ Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points.

References

  1. ^ "Calendar 2017/2018". snooker.org. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.wpbsa.com/big-201718-season-preview/
  3. ^ a b https://snookerhq.com/2017/06/01/stephen-hendry-fronts-new-world-seniors-tour/
  4. ^ Preview: Home Nations English Open
  5. ^ a b "Players on the Main Tour". snooker.org. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "2017/18 Tour Qualification: Making 128 (ish)". WPBSA. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h http://www.wpbsa.com/tour-players-201718/
  8. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/invitational-tour-card-holders/
  9. ^ a b "Q School Order of Merit (2017)". snooker.org. 2017-05-20. 
  10. ^ http://www.thecueview.com/2017-ebsa-play-offs.html
  11. ^ http://www.snooker.org/res/index.asp?event=617
  12. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/kleckers-books-tour-spot/
  13. ^ a b http://www.worldsnooker.com/lam-secures-immediate-tour-return/
  14. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/china-tour-nominations/
  15. ^ "Hamza Akbar – Tour Card". worldsnooker.com. World Snooker. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Jimmy White and Ken Doherty given tour cards by World Snooker". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  17. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/full-calendar/
  18. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Calendar-2017-18-v19.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Click-here-for-the-Calendar.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/updated-201718-calendar/
  21. ^ "Vienna Snooker Open 2017". Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  22. ^ "Haneveer Holds On To Take Title". Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "Riga Masters: Wales' Ryan Day beats Scotland's Stephen Maguire for title". Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  24. ^ "China Championship: Luca Brecel beats Shaun Murphy for first ranking title". Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  25. ^ "Paul Hunter Classic 2017: Michael White beats Shaun Murphy in final". Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  26. ^ http://www.cuesportsindia.com/global/2017/acbs/AIG20176RM.htm
  27. ^ http://www.cuesportsindia.com/global/2017/acbs/AIG2017SNKT.htm
  28. ^ http://www.cuesportsindia.com/global/2017/acbs/AIG2017SNKM.htm
  29. ^ "Indicative prize money rankings schedule 2017/2018 season" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

External links

  • Snooker season 2017/2018 at Snooker.org
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