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Judd Trump Ends 2020 at No.1 in the World Rankings

The Englishman spent the entire calendar year in top spot on the official list.

Judd Trump won the last event of the year on Sunday to consolidate his no.1 position in the official world rankings.

The 31 year-old’s 10-7 triumph over Jack Lisowksi to claim the World Grand Prix earned him another champion’s cheque worth £100,000.

On the two-year rolling standings, Trump has now earned an enormous sum of £1,854,500 – more than £800,000 ahead of his nearest rival, Neil Robertson.

Since the beginning of 2020, the Bristol potter has recorded victories in six ranking events, and out of the 16 ranking tournaments that were staged throughout the year Trump has been involved in exactly half of the finals.

The 2019 world champion didn’t manage to add to his Triple Crown tally, succumbing to the “Curse of the Crucible” at the quarter-final stage in Sheffield and being denied in a dramatic deciding-frame thriller in the UK Championship final earlier this month.

Trump’s defence of the non-ranking Masters also ended prematurely, but success has been constant with silverware achieved in the German Masters, Players Championship, Gibraltar Open, Northern Ireland Open, English Open, and most recently at the World Grand Prix.

Trump has a lot of world ranking points to defend in 2021, but in the kind of form he’s in it’s hard to see him sliding down the world rankings pecking order any time soon.

Robertson, meanwhile, edged Trump to claim that UK title a few weeks ago, adding to his glories in the European Masters and the first World Grand Prix that was staged in the second half of last season.

The Australian pips world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who finishes the year in third ahead of Mark Selby, Kyren Wilson, and John Higgins.

The latter is the only member of the top eight who didn’t manage to raise any trophies aloft during what was a turbulent 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

Higgins places ahead of Welsh Open champion Shaun Murphy and Tour Championship winner Stephen Maguire.

Lisowski, meanwhile, is in 14th position after reaching a fourth ranking event final of his career at the weekend.

The run for the 29 year-old was timely, as he stands to lose a lot of ranking points in the second half of the campaign on the back of his runner-up appearance in the lucrative 2019 China Open.

Attention in the early months of 2021 will quickly turn to the Crucible, and the next World Championship in Sheffield in April.

As usual, the top 16 in the world rankings will qualify automatically, but Lisowski finds himself way down in 22nd on the provisional Race to the Crucible list and with work to do.

Anthony McGill and Zhou Yuelong, who are currently outside the elite bracket, are in line to leapfrog their way into top 16 contention, albeit there is still plenty of snooker to be played before the conclusion of this campaign.

Trump, of course, will be guaranteed of his World Championship spot and is already the 3/1 favourite with Betiton to reclaim the Crucible crown.

Top 32 in the World Rankings (Dec, 2020)

  1. Judd Trump
  2. Neil Robertson
  3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
  4. Mark Selby
  5. Kyren Wilson
  6. John Higgins
  7. Shaun Murphy
  8. Stephen Maguire
  9. Ding Junhui
  10. Mark Allen
  11. Yan Bingtao
  12. Stuart Bingham
  13. David Gilbert
  14. Jack Lisowski
  15. Mark Williams
  16. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  17. Anthony McGill
  18. Barry Hawkins
  19. Joe Perry
  20. Gary Wilson
  21. Zhou Yuelong
  22. Ali Carter
  23. Graeme Dott
  24. Scott Donaldson
  25. Kurt Maflin
  26. Matthew Selt
  27. Michael Holt
  28. Zhao Xintong
  29. Tom Ford
  30. Liang Wenbo
  31. Li Hang
  32. Martin Gould

Featured photo credit: WST

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