TOP 16 after season's first cut-off point

13:45:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

October 3rd was the magical day that saw the season's first cut-off point. A new TOP 16 is now available, the players that got a place being the ones that won't need to qualify for the coming UK Championship in December and the invitational Masters from January.

Probably that one of the biggest surprises of this new TOP 16 is not to find Stephen Hendry's name in it. The seven-time world champion will miss the Masters for the first time since 1989, this also meaning that to get into tournaments he will need to get through the qualifiers. The battle begins.

Martin Gould managed to retain the last spot left in the TOP 16, leaving Mark Davis on 17th place, the most ingrate position in the ranking system, but hey! that's life. But that's a huge opportunity for Martin, who’s going to experience the Masters for the first time in his life. Fingers crossed!

I'm world number 1! Hear me roar!
The provisional number 1 is now the official world number 1, Mark Selby being the 9th player to ever held that position after Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertson. Welcome back into the charts, champ!

Ronnie O'Sullivan on the other hand, slipped from 11th place (position that he held after the 2011 World Championship) to 14th, this making him quite vulnerable and hopefully eager to take part in as many tournaments as possible in other to improve his current situation.
The current world champion, John Higgins got the third place, while the ex-world number one, Mark Williams is on second place.

Below you can check the TOP 16:

1. Mark Selby
2. Mark Williams
3. John Higgins
4. Neil Robertson
5. Ding Junhui
6. Shaun Murphy
7. Ali Carter
8. Judd Trump
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Graeme Dott
11. Stuart Bingham
12. Mark Allen
13. Stephen Lee
14. Ronnie O'Sullivan
15. Matthew Stevens
16. Martin Gould