The week-long German Masters qualifiers concluded on Saturday with a string of top stars failing to book their spots at the Tempodrom.
Mark Williams was among those suffering from annual bemusement at the timing of the Masters draw on Sunday.
The Scottish Open qualifiers came to an end on Friday after six days of preliminary-round action at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock.
Snooker bosses announced the new £20k scheme to help lower-ranked professional players earlier this week.
Most comebacks in sport aren’t very successful, but the attempt from Stephen Hendry has been particularly bad.
The event lasts as long as the Summer Olympic Games.