World Number Ones

Snooker’s professional world ranking list has operated since 1976 and below we track which players have reached its summit to date and exactly how long they have been able to stay there.

Note that when a player has been ranked at number one for more or less than an exact week, we have rounded up their total.

Number One Players (updated 09/03/2020):

Name From To Weeks
Ray Reardon 3 May 1975 20 April 1981 312
Cliff Thorburn
21 April 1981 16 May 1982
56
Ray Reardon 17 May 1982
2 May 1983
50
Steve Davis
3 May 1983 29 April 1990 365
Stephen Hendry
30 April 1990 4 May 1998
418
John Higgins
5 May 1998 1 May 2000
104
Mark Williams
2 May 2000
6 May 2002
105
Ronnie O’Sullivan
7 May 2002
5 May 2003
52
Mark Williams
6 May 2003
3 May 2004
52
Ronnie O’Sullivan
4 May 2004
1 May 2006
104
Stephen Hendry
2 May 2006
7 May 2007 53
John Higgins
8 May 2007
5 May 2008
52
Ronnie O’Sullivan
6 May 2008 3 May 2010 104
John Higgins
4 May 2010
26 September 2010
21
Neil Robertson
27 September 2010
12 December 2010
11
John Higgins
13 December 2010
2 May 2011
20
Mark Williams
3 May 2011
11 September 2011
19
Mark Selby
12 September 2011
4 November 2012
60
Judd Trump
5 November 2012
9 December 2012
5
Mark Selby
10 December 2012
17 February 2013
10
Judd Trump 18 February 2013
31 March 2013
6
Mark Selby
1 April 2013
9 June 2013 10
Neil Robertson
10 June 2013
5 May 2014
47
Mark Selby
6 May 2014
6 July 2014
9
Neil Robertson 7 July 2014
10 August 2014 5
Mark Selby
11 August 2014
7 December 2014 17
Ding Junhui
8 December 2014
14 December 2014
1
Neil Robertson
15 December 2014
25 January 2015 6
Ding Junhui
26 January 2015
8 February 2015 2
Mark Selby
9 February 2015
24 March 2019 215
Ronnie O’Sullivan
25 March 2019 11 August 2019 20
Judd Trump
12 August 2019 9 March 2020 30*

 

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Total Weeks Spent As World Number One (updated 09/03/2020):

Name Weeks
Stephen Hendry
471
Steve Davis
365
Ray Reardon 362
Mark Selby
321
Ronnie O’Sullivan
280
John Higgins
197
Mark Williams
176
Neil Robertson
69
Cliff Thorburn
56
Judd Trump
41*
Ding Junhui
3

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Season-Start Number One Ranked Players (updated 09/03/2020):

Season Player
1976/77 Ray Reardon
1977/78 Ray Reardon
1978/79 Ray Reardon
1979/80 Ray Reardon
1980/81 Cliff Thorburn
1981/82 Ray Reardon
1982/83 Steve Davis
1983/84 Steve Davis
1984/85 Steve Davis
1985/86 Steve Davis
1986/87 Steve Davis
1987/88 Steve Davis
1988/89 Steve Davis
1989/90 Stephen Hendry
1990/91 Stephen Hendry
1991/92 Stephen Hendry
1992/93 Stephen Hendry
1993/94 Stephen Hendry
1994/95 Stephen Hendry
1995/96 Stephen Hendry
1996/97 Stephen Hendry
1997/98 John Higgins
1998/99 John Higgins
1999/00 Mark Williams
2000/01 Mark Williams
2001/02 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2002/03 Mark Williams
2003/04 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2004/05 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2005/06 Stephen Hendry
2006/07 John Higgins
2007/08 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2008/09 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2009/10 John Higgins
2010/11 Mark Williams
2011/12 Mark Selby
2012/13 Mark Selby
2013/14 Mark Selby
2014/15 Mark Selby
2015/16 Mark Selby
2016/17 Mark Selby
2017/18 Mark Selby
2018/19 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2019/20
Judd Trump