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Rankings Race for Players Championship Enters Final Leg

The Players Championship rankings race concludes this week with the 16-player field set to be confirmed following the conclusion of the upcoming German Masters.

Based on the money-list rankings from this season alone, only the most in-form competitors from the campaign will take part in the lucrative ranking tournament in Wolverhampton early next month.

Hossein Vafaei’s maiden ranking success in the Snooker Shoot Out on Sunday ensures that the Iranian will feature at the Aldersley Leisure Village.

Defending champion John Higgins will also definitely be in the competition alongside the likes of World Grand Prix champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, English Open winner Neil Robertson, and British Open victor Mark Williams.

Mark Allen, Zhao Xintong, and Luca Brecel are other notable names who will definitely be participating in the competition that carries a top prize worth £125,000.

However, there are several heavy-hitters who will need a solid showing at the Tempodrom this week to guarantee their spots in the Players Championship race.

Judd Trump is currently in 12th place provisionally but only boats a £5,500 advantage over Anthony McGill, who stands just outside the reckoning in 17th.

World number one and reigning world champion Mark Selby is in danger of missing out as things stand, languishing below the cut-off line in 18th provisionally.

The likes of Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy are other familiar faces who have work to do in Germany if they are to qualify for the Players Championship.

Stuart Bingham, in 20th place overall, is the only current top 16 member who certainly won’t be involved in the second leg of the Cazoo Series having failed to qualify for Berlin.

There is an £80,000 champion’s cheque on offer for the German Masters winner, £35,000 for the runner-up, and £20,000 for the losing semi-finalists, so a lot can still change in the Players Championship rankings before the end of the week’s play.

Provisional Players Championship Rankings

Prior to the start of the German Masters

1Zhao Xintong£215,000
2Luca Brecel£182,000
3Ronnie O’Sullivan£175,000
4Mark Williams£145,000
5Mark Allen£123,500
6Neil Robertson£118,000
7John Higgins£114,000
8David Gilbert£95,500
9Hossein Vafaei£91,500
10Kyren Wilson£75,000
11Gary Wilson£72,000
12Judd Trump£63,000
13Jimmy Robertson£62,500
14Yan Bingtao£62,000
15Ricky Walden£62,000
16Barry Hawkins£59,500
– – – – – – – – –
17Anthony McGill£57,500
18Mark Selby£57,000
19Stephen Maguire£53,000
22Tom Ford£45,000
26Noppon Saengkham£40,000
34Liam Highfield£28,000
35Zhou Yuelong£28,000
36Shaun Murphy£27,500
38Sam Craigie£25,000
51Ryan Day£20,000
59Michael Georgiou£17,000
66Ken Doherty£15,000
72Fan Zhengyi£14,000
82Craig Steadman£12,500
89Lyu Haotian£11,500
97Andrew Higginson£10,000
102Zhang Anda£8,500
103Barry Pinches£8,500
121Kurt Maflin£4,000

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