How many top-16 members can you remember from the last decade?
It’s quiz time once again on SnookerHQ, and for this teaser we’re going to turn our attention to the snooker rankings list.
There has been an official rankings list in operation since the mid-1970s, but let’s break this trivia up into a few editions – beginning with the most recent decade between 2010 and 2019.
It was a period of transition for both the rankings and the sport in general, as the introduction of the Barry Hearn era resulted in an influx of new tournaments carrying ranking points.
At the beginning of the decade, a new rolling system was implemented which got rid of the protection for those in the higher echelons of the standings.
Prior to 2010, the top 16 in the rankings at the beginning of each campaign held onto their respective positions for the remainder of that term.
Afterwards, various cut-off points were utilised throughout the season and the rankings were ultimately updated after each ranking event itself.
As the 2010s progressed, a more fluid system was thus established that resulted in more and more changes in the order – particularly in the bottom section of the top 16 – throughout each campaign.
Additionally, the 2014/15 snooker season was the first in which ranking points were replaced with the money earned from performances in ranking events.
This granted players with the opportunity to feature prominently on the list if they could muster consistent results in the more lucrative competitions on a regular basis.
Indeed, between 2014 and 2019 five players managed to hold onto the number one spot, but only two possessed the coveted ranking at the end of a season.
For this quiz then, your task is to name the top 16 members on the end-of-season rankings – that is, the official standings after the World Snooker Championship each year – between the 2009/10 and 2018/19 campaigns.
The question is, how many can you get right?
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