It’s been a while and there’s a bit of a lull on the calendar at present, so it’s the perfect opportunity to revisit the ranking event winners series of quizzes.
Last month, we took a look at the ranking event winners from the 2010s but this time it’s the period between 2000 and 2009 that we’ll be focussing on.
Interestingly, there were only 22 different ranking event winners during this decade, compared to the following one that has so far produced 32 champions.
That’s perhaps not too surprising when a number of varying factors are taken into account.
For one, the early 2000s was right smack in the middle of the golden age of the so called “Big Four” – names that won’t be revealed here, of course.
The other major reason for the fewer number of names etched onto silverware was the number of events actually being staged, or lack thereof.
Some seasons weren’t too bad but it was nothing in comparison to the 20ish that we enjoy each campaign now.
The low point was in 2009, when a measly six ranking tournaments were staged throughout the entire year.
Opportunities to emerge victorious were few and far between, meaning that less competitors got to experience the top podium.
Thankfully, snooker is in good hands these days with Barry Hearn and co. transforming the sport in the ten years since the last decade concluded.
Even though there aren’t as many different names to consider, the list isn’t exclusive to solely the marque players, so one or two might yet surprise you and make you scramble with the time limit to negotiate.
The question is, how many ranking event winners in the 2000s can you remember?
Ranking Event Winners in the 2000s
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