Mark Allen is in a strong position in a couple of snooker rankings lists after his UK Championship victory on Sunday in York.
The Northern Irishman fought back from 6-1 down to Ding Junhui, winning nine out of the final’s last ten frames for a memorable 10-7 success.
It represented a second successive ranking title this term for the Pistol, who also defended last month’s Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.
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With the £250,000 earned at the Barbican Centre, Allen rises to number five on the official two-year world snooker rankings – just one place below his career highest.
Ronnie O’Sullivan remains in top spot ahead of Mark Selby, who moves ahead of third placed Judd Trump.
After losing the ranking points earned for his 2020 UK Championship glory, Neil Robertson slips down to fourth in the standings.
Ding’s resurgence last week has helped him to halve his ranking, moving from 38 to 19 on the official list and just £36,000 shy of a return to the top 16.
The Chinese’s defeat in the final was good news for countryman Yan Bingtao, who held onto the 16th spot that gained him an invitation to the Masters in Janaury.
Lower down, Tom Ford’s reward for reaching the semi-finals for the second time in his career is ten-place hike to number 22.
Sam Craigie’s run to the quarter-finals offers the Newcastle potter a similar elevation, with the £25,000 earned helping him jump to a career-high of number 37.
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Antrim’s Allen is way out in front in terms of prize money earned from ranking points during this season alone.
The 36 year-old has now accumulated £380,000 on the back of reaching the last three title deciders on the calendar.
To put into context just how dominant he has been in ranking tournaments this season, Ryan Day is the next highest in second place with £124,500.
Ding rises to third and is in a strong position to qualify for some lucrative ranking events after the New Year.
This list is important as it is used to determine the fields for the Cazoo Series of events.
The World Grand Prix will feature the top 32, the Players Championship will include the top 16, and the Tour Championship will finally boast the top eight.
As things stand, Selby is just inside the cut-off point for January’s World Grand Prix in 30th position, while Robertson and John Higgins are notable names who are outside the bracket currently.
There are two more counting events before the World Grand Prix, with the Scottish Open and English Open champions to be crowned in December.
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