World Championship 2019: Tour Survival Blog

  • 12th April 2019

With the start of the 2019 Betfred World Championship qualifiers on Wednesday it is time for my annual live blog which will track the key movements in this season’s tour survival race throughout the tournament.

For those who can finish up inside of the top 64, or in the top eight of the one-year ranking list, not including those players, a place on tour for at least next season will be their reward. For the others however, they will need to come through Q School next month if they are to retain professional status.

Before the China Open I looked at how each of the players currently in and around the drop zone stood HERE, while below you can find the latest updated tables, updated every day during the action in Sheffield.

SCROLL DOWN TO READ DAILY UPDATES FROM SHEFFIELD.

Live Standings

The full two year breakdown can be found here, however below I have reproduced a simplified list to show only the players fighting for their main tour status, which will be updated with players being ‘struck out’ as the tournament progresses to show the current live position.

  • Players in dark green are currently inside the top 64 provisionally and as it stands will remain on tour
  • Players in blue are currently set to qualify through the one-year list
  • Players in red are currently set to be relegated from the tour
  • Players in purple are on the first-year of a two-year card
  • Players with their names struck through are out of the Betfred World Championship

Latest in-running tour survival battle (two-year ranking list):

61st – Liam Highfield – 94,600 (r80)

62nd – Anthony Hamilton – 93,500 (r80)

63rd – Fergal O’Brien – 89,200 (r80)

64th – Mike Dunn – 86,500 (r144)

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65th – Dominic Dale – 82,600 (r80)

66th – Jamie Jones – 81,600 (N/A)

67th – Eden Sharav – 79,600 (r48)

69th – Gerard Greene – 73,600 (r80)

70th – Ian Burns – 73,100 (r80)

71st – Rory McLeod – 66,500 (r144)

73rd – Alexander Ursenbacher – 62,700 (r144)

75th – Duane Jones – 58,500 (r80)

77th – Xu Si – 55,000 (r80)

79th – Jimmy White – 53,500 (r80)

80th – Zhang Yong – 53,000 (r80)

81st – Nigel Bond – 50,600 (r80)

82nd – Peter Lines – 47,725 (r144)

84th – Rod Lawler – 40,600 (r144)

88th – Joe Swail – 34,600 (r144)

89th – Robin Hull – 34,500 (r144)

90th – Allan Taylor – 32,850 (r144)

91st – Paul Davison – 32,500 (r144)

94th – Ross Muir – 30,600 (r144)

96th – Li Yuan – 26,000 (-)

98th – Billy Castle – 24,725 (r144)

99th – Chris Totten – 24,000 (r144)

100th – Niu Zhuang – 23,600 (r144)

101st – Chen Zifan – 22,100 (r144)

103rd – Soheil Vahedi – 21,500 (r144)

106th – Ashley Hugill – 20,500 (r144)

107th – Hamza Akbar – 19,000 (r144)

111th – Lukas Kleckers – 15,600 (r144)

114th – Sanderson Lam – 11,500 (r144)

115th – Sean O’Sullivan – 11,000 (r144)

121st – Rhys Clark – 6,500 (r144)

125th – Basem Eltahhan – 500 (r144)

Latest in-running tour survival battle (one-year ranking list):

1 – Eden Sharav – 66,100

2 – James Cahill (A) – 55,500

3 – Ian Burns – 46,100

4 – Duane Jones – 38,500

5 – Dominic Dale – 38,100

6 – Gerard Greene – 37,100

7 – Rod Lawler – 35,000

8 – Nigel Bond – 33,000

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9 – Alexander Ursenbacher – 29,600

10 – Joe Swail – 26,100

11 – Zhang Yong – 26,000

12 – Jimmy White – 26,000

13 – Xu Si – 25,500

14 – Rory McLeod – 25,500

15 – Peter Lines – 24,000

16 – David Lilley (A) – 22,500

17 – Ross Muir – 20,600

18 – Paul Davison – 20,000

19 – Jamie Jones – 19,100

20 – Lukas Kleckers – 13,600

21 – Billy Castle – 13,225

22 – Allan Taylor – 12,100

23 – Robin Hull – 12,000

24 – Chris Totten – 9,500

25 – Soheil Vahedi – 9,000

26 – Hamza Akbar – 8,500

27 – Niu Zhuang – 7,600

28 – Sean O’Sullivan – 5,000

29 – Chen Zifan – 4,600

30 – Ashley Hugill – 4,500

31 – Rhys Clark – 4,000

32 – Sanderson Lam – 3,500

33 – Li Yuan – 3,500

Pre-tournament

So what has changed since my previous analysis of the tour survival standings prior to the China Open?

Among those to significantly boost their chances of remaining inside snooker’s top 64 were Alan McManus, Andrew Higginson, Ken Doherty and Robbie Williams with victories in Beijing. By reaching the quarter-finals McManus has put himself well clear of the tour trapdoor, while the others likely need just one match victory to be certain of joining him.

On the one-year list there was also potentially significant wins for Rod Lawler and Gerard Greene, both both moved into the top eight places, not including those inside the top 64 or on the first year of a two-year card.

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