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Snooker rankings: update after the German Masters

The latest snooker rankings update comes after the conclusion of the 2024 German Masters in Berlin.

Judd Trump emerged with the £80,000 champion’s cheque following a 10-5 victory over Si Jiahui on Sunday at the Tempodrom.

The triumph takes his season tally of ranking titles to an impressive four, adding to his earlier successes this term at the Northern Ireland, Wuhan, and English Opens.

Top 16

There hasn’t been a significant amount of change in the top 16 on the rolling two-year snooker rankings list.

Trump has narrowed the gap to Ronnie O’Sullivan at the top of the standings, the Rocket having not participated in last week’s competition.

There is just over £100,000 separating the pair of Englishmen, who have been the standout performers during this campaign by far.

Mark Allen and Luca Brecel remain in third and fourth respectively despite exiting the German Masters in the earlier rounds.

Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson, and Mark Williams complete the top eight.

The only change among the elite bracket of the rankings sees Ding Junhui drop two places to eleventh.

Kyren Wilson, therefore, rises back up to ninth after his run to the semi-finals, while quarter-finalist Ali Carter also rejoins the top ten.

John Higgins, Zhang Anda, Robert Milkins, Barry Hawkins, and Gary Wilson are unchanged in the remaining top 16 spots.

Jack Lisowski remains just below that cut-off point in 17th place ahead of Tom Ford, Ryan Day, and Hossein Vafaei.

They will be leading the chasing pack of players hoping to break into the top 16 in time to gain automatic seeding to this year’s World Snooker Championship.

Si Jiahui’s impressive week, in which he featured in a maiden ranking final, sees the 21 year-old move to number 24 in the world rankings.

Sam Craigie, who made his first appearance in a semi-final, rises three places to number 47.

2-Year World RankingsFeb 5, 2024
1Ronnie O’Sullivan£1,117,500
2Judd Trump£1,014,000
3Mark Allen£824,500
4Luca Brecel£733,000
5Mark Selby£617,500
6Shaun Murphy£481,000
7Neil Robertson£447,000
8Mark Williams£434,500
9Kyren Wilson£404,000
10Ali Carter£403,500
11Ding Junhui£399,500
12John Higgins£389,500
13Zhang Anda£344,000
14Robert Milkins£320,500
15Barry Hawkins£314,500
16Gary Wilson£304,500
17Jack Lisowski£304,000
18Tom Ford£303,500
19Ryan Day£266,500
20Hossein Vafaei£247,000
Click here for the full two-year list

Race to the Players Championship

The German Masters was the penultimate counting event in the race to the Players Championship.

Only the top 16 players from the one-year snooker rankings list – based on performances in ranking events this season – will qualify for Telford later in February.

Judd Trump has accumulated more than half a million pounds in earnings from ranking tournaments already this term and is out in front on the one-year list.

The Englishman will definitely feature in the Players Championship alongside the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Zhang Anda, Mark Williams, and Ding Junhui.

Noppon Saengkham, Zhou Yuelong, and Chris Wakelin provisionally hold onto the final three positions.

But among those, Zhou has failed to qualify for next week’s Welsh Open, which is the last counting event ahead of the lucrative Players Championship.

Si Jiahui is the nearest challenger after his strong week in Germany, some £10,500 off Wakelin in 16th.

There is an £80,000 champion’s cheque on offer in Wales, ensuring that most of the tour could still make a last-gasp attempt to break into the top 16 on the one-year list.

Some of the high-profile names who require deep runs at the Venue Cymru are Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson, Luca Brecel, and Neil Robertson.

ProvisionalRace to the Players C’ship (1-year list)Feb 5, 2024
1Judd Trump£526,000
2Ronnie O’Sullivan£406,500
3Zhang Anda£276,000
4Mark Williams£188,500
5Ding Junhui£170,000
6Barry Hawkins£167,500
7Tom Ford£157,500
8Ali Carter£135,500
9Mark Selby£126,000
10Gary Wilson£119,500
11John Higgins£105,000
12Mark Allen£103,500
13Hossein Vafaei£102,500
14Noppon Saengkham£99,500
15Zhou Yuelong£93,000
16Chris Wakelin£90,000
18Si Jiahui£79,500
25Shaun Murphy£64,000
30Kyren Wilson£58,000
48Luca Brecel£39,500
74Neil Robertson£23,000
Click here for the updated provisional race to the Players Championship list

European Series

Even though the German Masters was only the penultimate event on the European Series, Judd Trump has already guaranteed himself the £150,000 bonus.

The highest earner after eight counting ranking events during the campaign is rewarded with the jackpot.

It comprises the four Home Nations events, the German Masters, European Masters, the Snooker Shoot Out, and the ranking event version of the Championship League.

Trump has won three of the seven tournaments so far and reached the final of another, meaning his lead at the top of those snooker rankings is insurmountable.

The upcoming Welsh Open, therefore, will have no bearing on this season’s European Series race.

It’s the third time in five years that Trump has won the prize, underlining his overall consistency in that period.

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European SeriesFeb 5, 2024
1Judd Trump£284,000
2Barry Hawkins£105,500
3Gary Wilson£90,000
4Mark Allen£68,000
5John Higgins£63,500
6Noppon Saengkham£63,000

When is the next snooker event?

The next event on the 2023/24 snooker calendar that will count towards the rankings is the Welsh Open, which commences on February 12th in Llandudno.

Before that, there is some action in the invitational version of the Championship League with Groups 3, 4, and 5 taking place this week in Leicester.

Featured photo credit: WST

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