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Judd Trump Guarantees Tour Championship Spot

Judd Trump will definitely feature in the Tour Championship this season following his recent success in Turkey.

The Englishman triumphed in the inaugural Turkish Masters on Sunday with a 10-4 defeat of Matthew Selt in Antalya.

Earning £100,000 for his exploits, Trump rises to fourth on the provisional one-year rankings list that is based on prize winnings from this campaign.

Only the top eight in those standings will qualify for the lucrative Tour Championship, and Trump is now guaranteed to be involved.

Just a fortnight ago, the 32 year-old was well out of the running after a disappointing term by his high standards.

But March has been a good month for Trump, first reaching the final of the Welsh Open before a stellar performance in Turkey that included a 147 break in the title-deciding bout.

Zhao Xintong, Neil Robertson, and Ronnie O’Sullivan are now the only players who have earned more than Trump this season from ranking events.

The quartet will definitely be joined at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno by Scottish Open champion Luca Brecel and British Open winner Mark Williams.

Only a very specific set of results would deny Northern Ireland Open champion Mark Allen a place as well.

It means that, with just one counting tournament remaining ahead of the Tour Championship, there seems to be only one spot up for grabs.

John Higgins is currently the competitor in eighth position, with a £14,500 buffer between the Scot and Hossein Vafaei in ninth.

However, with £50,000 on offer for the Gibraltar Open champion next week, it means that any player all the way down to Fan Zhengyi in 16th could still break into contention.

Provisional One-Year Rankings

1Zhao Xintong£309,500
2Neil Robertson£257,000
3Ronnie O’Sullivan£232,500
4Judd Trump£212,000
5Luca Brecel£202,500
6Mark Williams£166,500
7Mark Allen£157,000
8John Higgins£144,500
9Hossein Vafaei£130,000
10Yan Bingtao£125,500
11Ricky Walden£125,500
12Barry Hawkins£117,500
13David Gilbert£116,500
14Kyren Wilson£108,000
15Jimmy Robertson£105,500
16Fan Zhengyi£103,500

Meanwhile, there wasn’t much change in the official world rankings after the conclusion of the Turkish Masters.

Trump is still the world number three but has significantly closed the gap at the top to Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Matthew Selt’s excellent run saw him shoot up nine places to number 22 on the rolling two-year standings.

Featured photo credit: WST

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