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Top 16 automatic spots for World Snooker Championship confirmed

After last week’s World Open, the top 16 players who will definitely feature in the 2024 edition of the World Snooker Championship are now known.

There is still one ranking event to go before the big one gets under way at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield next month.

However, the 12-player field at next week’s Tour Championship is made up entirely of players already ranked inside the top 16 on the official list.

Neil Robertson is the standout name who will be forced into the dreaded qualifiers this year.

The Australian’s run to the semi-finals of the World Open in Yushan was not enough to see him secure an automatic berth at the Crucible.

Robertson, the world champion in 2010, is still officially ranked as the world number 14 as things stand.

But with the points from his 2022 Tour Championship triumph soon to be deducted from his tally, the Melbourne man will plummet outside the elite group.

It’ll mark the first time since 2006 that Robertson will have to attend the qualifying competition.

His demise is good news for Robert Milkins, who despite currently being ranked in 17th will rise one spot after the crucial next revision of the standings.

Milkins has failed to qualify for the Tour Championship, meaning he will certainly represent the 16th seed in April’s hugely anticipated World Championship draw.

Luca Brecel, who has failed to qualify for the Tour Championship too, will of course be the top seed as the reigning Crucible champion.

The Belgian memorably lifted the trophy for the first time in 2023 with an 18-15 success over Mark Selby in the final.

With significant gaps both in front of him and behind him in the world rankings, Selby is also assured of being the fifth seed in Sheffield.

All of the other seeding positions could change depending on how results fare in next week’s Tour Championship.

There is a £150,000 top prize up for grabs at the Manchester Central, so there will likely be a shuffle in the specific order of the seedings.

Tour Championship prize money

Champion: £150,000
Runner-up: £60,000
Semi-Finals: £40,000
Quarter-Finals: £30,000
Round of 12: £20,000
Highest break: £10,000

World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan and Sunday’s World Open champion Judd Trump are currently in line to be the respective second and third seeds.

The two Englishmen have dominated the 2023/24 snooker season, accumulating ten titles between them during a prolific period in which they have shared five pieces of silverware each.

All signs point to the pair being on a collision course to clash in Sheffield.

If they maintain their current positions, they would potentially meet at the semi-final stage, ending the possibility of a repeat of the 2022 final.

Mark Allen could still upset that order, but the Northern Irishman would need to win the Tour Championship.

Further down, Shaun Murphy, Ding Junhui, and Ali Carter provisionally occupy the remaining top eight seeding spots.

Among those, only Murphy hasn’t qualified for the Tour Championship – the Magician failing to get the opportunity to defend the title he won a year ago.

After a disappointing spell of form, Kyren Wilson won’t feature in the penultimate ranking event of this term either.

Zhang Anda and Tom Ford, meanwhile, will be seeded players in Sheffield for the first time in their careers.

2024 World Snooker Championship
Top 16 Seeds

Note: fixed seeding in RED. Other positions can change depending on results in Tour Championship (TC).

SeedPlayerPoints before TC
1.Luca Brecel
(world champ)
2.Ronnie O’Sullivan£1,049,000
3.Judd Trump£1,031,000
4.Mark Allen£925,000
5.Mark Selby£658,500
6.Shaun Murphy£468,000
7.Ding Junhui£456,500
8.Ali Carter£413,000
9.Mark Williams£407,500
10.Zhang Anda£386,000
11.Kyren Wilson£381,500
12.Gary Wilson£381,500
13.John Higgins£333,500
14.Tom Ford£305,500
15.Barry Hawkins£292,500
16.Robert Milkins£283,500

Featured photo credit: WST


  1. Jay Brannon

    10 of the 16 seeds are English.

  2. Four of the sixteen seeds are not English.

  3. Rob Redford

    Good solid article. But could you please ad the dates and times of all the tournaments.

  4. Tim Pieterse

    When is the draw being made?

  5. Tim Pieterse

    thanks.and the qualifying rounds?

  6. Think it said qualifying rounds should be done on monday

  7. Is Ronnie OSullivan in the top half of the draw?

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