Champion of Champions 2018 – Fürth Update

  • 28th August 2018

Kyren Wilson became the latest player to secure his place at the ManBetX Champion of Champions following his victory at the Paul Hunter Classic last weekend.

Previously one of the highest ranked players not to have earned his place at the Ricoh Arena this November, Wilson won seven matches culminating in a 4-2 success against Peter Ebdon in Germany to qualify for the Champion of Champions for only the second time.

Qualification for the event will be determined by the winners of professional tournaments dating back to Shaun Murphy’s victory in 2017, events having been ordered in a specific line of priority.

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

1. 2017 Champion of Champions – Shaun Murphy (1)
2. 2017 UK Championship – Ronnie O’Sullivan (2)
3. 2018 Masters – Mark Allen (3)
4. 2018 World Championship – Mark Williams (4)

5. 2017 Shanghai Masters – Ronnie O’Sullivan
6. 2018 German Masters – Mark Williams
7. 2018 World Grand Prix – Ronnie O’Sullivan
8. 2018 Players Championship – Ronnie O’Sullivan
9. 2018 Championship League – John Higgins (5)
10. 2018 China Open – Mark Selby (6)
11. 2018 World Open – Mark Williams
12. 2018 Shanghai Masters –
13. 2018 Indian Open –
14. 2018 China Championship –
15. 2018 European Masters –
16. 2018 International Championship –

17. 2017 Northern Ireland Open – Mark Williams
18. 2017 Scottish Open – Neil Robertson (7)
19. 2018 Welsh Open – John Higgins
20. 2018 English Open –

21. 2018 Gibraltar Open – Ryan Day (8)
22. 2018 World Championship runner-up – John Higgins
23. 2018 Riga Masters – Neil Robertson
24. 2018 Paul Hunter Classic – Kyren Wilson (9)
25. 2018 Shoot Out – Michael Georgiou (10)
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26. 2018 Romanian Masters – Ryan Day
27. 2018 Six Red World Championship –

Not yet qualified

With Kyren becoming only the tenth individual player to have won a qualifying event there are a number of big names not yet certain of their places at this year’s competition. These include the likes of Judd Trump, Ding Junhui, Barry Hawkins and former world champion Stuart Bingham.

Importantly, should 16 different winners not emerge from the qualifying events (as would now appear likely), the world ranking list will be used to complete the field which could provide these players with another route to the competition.

The next qualifying event will be the SangSom Six-Red World Championship on 3-8 September in Thailand. Although the winner will not be absolutely guaranteed a place at the Champion of Champions, they will only miss out should each of the remaining six events be won by players who have not already qualified.

Learn more about the ManBetX Champion of Champions at the tournament website.