The Shoot Out remains ranking event
A lot has been said about the Shoot Out tournament as it was turned into a ranking event for the first time this year, but it seems like the majority of the players don't have a problem with that.
World Snooker has published today the vote results regarding if this tournament should continue as a ranking one, or not. And as the news press release states: "Of the 125 players who voted, 90 voted to keep the Shoot Out as a ranking event, and 35 voted to remove it."
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “I am very pleased with the result of the vote, with 72% of tour players voting in favour. The Shoot Out will go ahead as a full ranking event in 2018, and following that we will evaluate its commercial success, as we would for any other tournament.”
The 2017 edition of the Shoot Out saw Anthony McGill prevailing the "speed test", this counting as McGill's second ranking title after winning the Indian Open in 2016.
Interestingly enough though, after the match the Scotsman said: "Don't get me wrong, I am over the moon, but this shouldn't be a ranking event. It's not even snooker rules."