Snooker season 2014/2015

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Snooker season 2014/2015
Details
Duration 8 May 2014 – 4 May 2015
Tournaments 30 (11 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK Championship England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Masters England Shaun Murphy
World Championship England Stuart Bingham

The 2014/2015 snooker season was a series of snooker tournaments played between 8 May 2014 and 4 May 2015. The Riga Open was the first professional snooker tournament held in Latvia.[1] The season also saw the first professional tournament in Portugal as the Lisbon Open took place.[2]

In November, it was announced that the World Open would not be held this season after the contract with the promoter was not renewed and a new venue was not found in time. But the intention was to bring the event back for the next season.[3]

The structure of the World Championship was changed. The top 16 seeds still qualified automatically for the first round at the Crucible, but all non-seeded players had to start in the first of three qualifying rounds. The overall championship was increased from 128 to 144 players, with the additional places made available to former world champions and players from emerging countries.[4]

New professional players[edit]

Countries
 Australia  China  England
 Iran  Malaysia  Malta
 Scotland  Thailand  Wales

The 2014/2015 season was made up of 128 professional players.[n 1] The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2014 World Championship,[7] and the 33 players earning a two-year card the previous year[n 2] automatically qualified for the season.[10] The top eight players from the European Tour Order of Merit and top four players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, who had not already qualified for the Main Tour, also qualified. Another three players came from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs,[11] and a further eight places were available through the Q School.[12] The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body nominations. All players listed below, except Hossein Vafaei[n 3] received a tour card for two seasons.[14]

Calendar[edit]

The following table outlines the results and dates for all the ranking and major invitational events.[32][33][34]

Date[n 4] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score References
05–08 05–11  AUT P/A Vienna Snooker Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna England Mark King England Nigel Bond 5–2 [35]
06–04 06–08  ENG P/A Pink Ribbon The Capital Venue Gloucester England Peter Lines Wales Lee Walker 4–1 [36][37]
06–17 06–21  CHN PT Asian Tour – Event 1[n 5] Yixing Sports Centre Yixing China Ding Junhui England Michael Holt 4–2 [38]
06–23 06–29  CHN WR Wuxi Classic Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium Wuxi Australia Neil Robertson England Joe Perry 10–9 [39]
06–30 07–06  AUS WR Australian Goldfields Open Bendigo Stadium Bendigo England Judd Trump Australia Neil Robertson 9–5 [40]
08–07 08–10  LAT PT European Tour – Event 1[n 6] Arena Riga Riga England Mark Selby Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4–3 [41]
08–20 08–24  GER PT European Tour – Event 2[n 7] Stadthalle Fürth Northern Ireland Mark Allen England Judd Trump 4–2 [42]
09–01 09–06  THA VF Six-red World Championship Montien Riverside Hotel Bangkok Scotland Stephen Maguire England Ricky Walden 8–7 [43]
09–08 09–14  CHN WR Shanghai Masters Shanghai Grand Stage Shanghai England Stuart Bingham Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10–3 [44]
10–01 10–05  BUL PT European Tour – Event 3[n 8] Universiada Hall Sofia England Shaun Murphy England Martin Gould 4–2 [45]
10–12 10–18  HKG NR General Cup General Snooker Club Hong Kong England Ali Carter England Shaun Murphy 7–6 [46]
10–20 10–24  CHN PT Asian Tour – Event 2[n 9] Haining Sports Center Haining England Stuart Bingham England Oliver Lines 4–0 [47]
10–26 11–02  CHN WR International Championship Sichuan International Tennis Center Chengdu England Ricky Walden Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10–7 [48]
11–03 11–09  ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Judd Trump 10–7 [49]
11–19 11–23  GER PT European Tour – Event 4[n 10] RWE-Sporthalle Mülheim England Shaun Murphy England Robert Milkins 4–0 [50]
11–25 12–07  ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Judd Trump 10–9 [51]
12–11 12–14  PRT PT European Tour – Event 5[n 11] Casal Vistoso Sports Centre Lisbon Scotland Stephen Maguire England Matthew Selt 4–2 [52]
01–11 01–18  ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London England Shaun Murphy Australia Neil Robertson 10–2 [53]
01–20 01–24  CHN PT Asian Tour – Event 3[n 12] Xuzhou Olympic Center Xuzhou England Joe Perry Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4–1 [54]
02–04 02–08  GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin England Mark Selby England Shaun Murphy 9–7 [55]
01–05 02–12  ENG NR Championship League Crondon Park Golf Club Stock England Stuart Bingham England Mark Davis 3–2 [56]
02–16 02–22  WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Scotland John Higgins England Ben Woollaston 9–3 [57]
02–25 03–01  POL PT European Tour – Event 6[n 13] Gdynia Sports Arena Gdynia Australia Neil Robertson Wales Mark Williams 4–0 [58]
03–02 03–03  ENG NR World Seniors Championship Circus Arena Blackpool Wales Mark Williams Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 2–1 [59]
03–04 03–06  ENG VF Snooker Shoot-Out Circus Arena Blackpool Wales Michael White China Xiao Guodong 1–0 [60]
03–10 03–14  IND WR Indian Open Grand Hyatt Mumbai Wales Michael White England Ricky Walden 5–0 [61]
03–16 03–22  WAL NR World Grand Prix Venue Cymru Llandudno England Judd Trump England Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–7 [62]
03–24 03–28  THA PT/WR Players Tour Championship – Finals[n 14] Montien Riverside Hotel Bangkok England Joe Perry Wales Mark Williams 4–3 [63]
03–30 04–05  CHN WR China Open Beijing University Students' Gymnasium Beijing England Mark Selby England Gary Wilson 10–2 [64]
04–18 05–04  ENG WR World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield England Stuart Bingham England Shaun Murphy 18–15 [65]
WR = World ranking event
PT = Players Tour Championship 2014/15 event
NR = Non-ranking event
P/A = Pro–am event
VE = Variant event

Official rankings[edit]

World ranking points[edit]

Points distribution[edit]

2014/2015 points distribution for world ranking and minor-ranking events:[74]

Tournament\Round→ R144 R128 R96 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Asian Tour events 0 200 600 1,000 1,500 2,500 5,000 10,000
Wuxi Classic 0 3,000 6,500 8,000 12,500 21,000 35,000 85,000
Australian Goldfields Open 0 83[n 15] 417 889[n 15] 5,000[n 15] 6,667 9,444 11,111 17,778 41,677
European Tour events 0 583 1,000 1,917 3,333 5,000 10,000 20,883
Shanghai Masters 0 400[n 15] 1,750 2,500[n 15] 6,000[n 15] 8,000 12,000 19,500 35,000 85,000
International Championship 0 3,000 7,000 12,000 17,500 30,000 65,000 125,000
UK Championship 0 3,000 9,000 12,000 20,000 30,000 70,000 150,000
German Masters 0 1,250 2,500 4,167 8,333 16,667 29,167 66,667
Welsh Open 0 1,500 2,500 5,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 60,000
Indian Open 0 2,000 3,000 6,000 9,000 13,500 25,000 50,000
Players Championship Grand Finals 4,000 7,000 12,500 20,000 38,000 100,000
China Open 0 3,000 6,500 8,000 12,500 21,000 35,000 85,000
World Championship 0 6,000 9,000 12,000[n 15] 20,000 30,000 60,000 125,000 300,000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and James Wattana are not listed there, despite having received an Invitational Tour Card,[5] because they were not automatically eligible to compete at tournaments.[6]
  2. ^ Jin Long and Shi Hanqing didn't renew their WPBSA membership,[8] while Patrick Einsle resigned from the Main Tour.[9]
  3. ^ Hossein Vafaei received special dispensation to play on the Main Tour until the end of the season, when he will receive a two-year tour card.[13]
  4. ^ Dates use the month day format
  5. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Yixing Open.
  6. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Riga Open.
  7. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Paul Hunter Classic.
  8. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Bulgarian Open.
  9. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Haining Open.
  10. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Ruhr Open.
  11. ^ Event also known as the 2014 Lisbon Open.
  12. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Xuzhou Open.
  13. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Gdynia Open.
  14. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Players Championship Grand Final.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Players, who lose their first match, receive no ranking points.

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