Champion of Champions 2016 – India Update

  • 11th July 2016

Anthony McGill’s maiden ranking event victory at the Indian Open on Saturday also saw him earn a guaranteed place at the Champion of Champions event in Coventry for the first time.

As previously, qualification will be determined by the winners of professional tournaments dating back to Neil Robertson’s victory at the event in 2015, events having been ordered in a specific line of priority.

Players currently qualified are set out below, numbered by qualification priority, not seeding:

1. 2015 Champion of Champions – Neil Robertson (1)
2. 2015 UK Championship – Neil Robertson
3. 2016 Masters – Ronnie O’Sullivan (2)
4. 2016 German Masters – Martin Gould (3)
5. 2016 Welsh Open – Ronnie O’Sullivan
6. 2016 Championship League Snooker – Judd Trump (4)
7. 2016 World Grand Prix – Shaun Murphy (5)
8. 2016 Players Championship – Mark Allen (6)
9. 2016 China Open – Judd Trump
10. 2016 World Championship – Mark Selby (7)
11. 2016 Indian Open (July) – Anthony McGill (8)
12. 2016 World Open (July) – tbc
13. 2016 Shanghai Masters (Sept) – tbc
14. 2016 European Championship (Oct) – tbc
15. 2016 English Open (Oct) – tbc
16. 2016 International Championship (Oct) – tbc

17. 2015 Gibraltar Open – Marco Fu (9)
18. 2016 Gdynia Open – Mark Selby
19. 2016 Riga Masters – Neil Robertson
20. 2016 Paul Hunter Classic (Aug) – tbc

21. 2016 Shoot Out – Robin Hull (10)
22. 2016 6 Reds World Championship (Sep) – tbc
23. 2016 World Seniors Championship – Mark Davis (11)

Silverware for Scotland’s McGill means that with 16 of the 23 qualifying events now completed we have eleven individual players currently in line to qualify. Victory for a previously unqualified player edges Mark Davis closer to missing out on a trip to Coventry, although of the seven remaining events, six must be won by players not already qualified for Davis to miss out.

In terms of rankings, notable players still to qualify for Coventry include world number two and former runner-up Stuart Bingham, four-time world champion John Higgins, Ricky Walden, Ding Junhui and India runner-up Kyren Wilson.

The next place will be decided in a couple of week’s time at the World Open, with the winner in Yushan guaranteed a place at the Champion of Champions.