Snooker season 2018/2019

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Snooker season 2018/2019
Details
Duration10 May 2018 – 6 May 2019
Tournaments45 (20 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK ChampionshipEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
MastersEngland Judd Trump
World ChampionshipEngland Judd Trump

The 2018/2019 snooker season was a series of professional snooker tournaments being played between 10 May 2018 and 6 May 2019.[1] The season was made up of ranking tournaments, non-ranking tournaments and variant tournaments. In total, 46 events were competed in the 2018/19 season, beginning with the pro–am 2018 Vienna Open, and ending with the 2019 World Snooker Championship.[2]

To be eligible to play in most tournaments, players had to have qualified to play on the World Snooker Tour, however, some wildcard former professional, and amateur players were eligible in certain competitions. The season also saw four events strictly for over 40s, as a part of the World Seniors Tour.

Players[edit]

Players on the Main Tour
by nation
 Australia 1
 Belgium 1
 China 24
 Cyprus 1
 Egypt 2
 England 55
 Finland 1
 Germany 2
 Hong Kong 2
 Iran 2
 Ireland 2
 Israel 1
 Malaysia 1
 Northern Ireland 4
 Norway 1
 Pakistan 1
 Poland 1
 Scotland 9
  Switzerland 1
 Thailand 4
 Wales 12
Total 128

The Main Tour consists of 128 professional players for the 2018/2019 season.[3] The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2018 World Championship and the 34 players earning a two-year card the previous year (excluding Lyu Haotian, who already climbed into the top 64 of the world rankings following the first year of his two-year tour card) automatically qualified for the season. Next, eight places were allocated from the top 8 on the One Year Ranking List, who had not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another two players came from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs, two players came from the CBSA China Tour and a further 12 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners, and four Event 3 winners). The six remaining entries on to the tour were allocated from the international amateur events.[4]

Due to the disputes between the IBSF and the WPBSA, the WPBSA decided that the winners of the tournaments organised by the IBSF or any continental confederations which were not affiliated to the World Snooker Federation would not be awarded tour cards.[5] The only exception was the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship, which had been concluded before the decision was made.[4]

New professional players[edit]

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[4][3]

Calendar[edit]

The following table outlines the dates and results for all the ranking and major invitational events.[13][14]

Date[note 1] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05-10 05-13  AUT P/A Vienna Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna Cyprus Michael Georgiou Scotland Ross Muir 5–4 [15]
06-02 06-03  ENG CT Challenge Tour 1 Meadowside Leisure Centre Burton upon Trent England Brandon Sargeant England Luke Simmonds 3–1 [16]
07-10 07-11  ENG CT Challenge Tour 2 Preston Guild Hall Preston England David Grace England Mitchell Mann 3–0 [17]
07-12 07-15  ROU P/A Golden Q Cup Golden Q Snooker Club Baia Mare Belgium Luca Brecel Cyprus Michael Georgiou 5–1 [18]
07-28 07-28  LAT CT Challenge Tour 3 Arena Riga Riga England Barry Pinches Wales Jackson Page 3–2 [19]
07-27 07-29  LAT WR Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga Australia Neil Robertson England Jack Lisowski 5–2 [20]
07-28 07-31  ENG P/A Pink Ribbon South West Snooker Academy Gloucester England Andrew Norman England Harvey Chandler 4–2 [21]
07-31 08-04  CHN NR Haining Open International Campus Zhejiang University Haining England Mark Selby China Li Hang 5–4 [22]
08-06 08-12  CHN WR World Open Yushan Number One Middle School Yushan Wales Mark Williams England David Gilbert 10–9 [23]
08-22 08-26  GER WR Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth England Kyren Wilson England Peter Ebdon 4–2 [24]
08-27 08-28  GER CT Challenge Tour 4 Stadthalle Fürth England Mitchell Mann Wales Dylan Emery 3–0 [25]
09-03 09-08  THA VE Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok England Kyren Wilson China Ding Junhui 8–4 [26]
09-10 09-16  CHN NR Shanghai Masters Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Barry Hawkins 11–9 [27]
09-18 09-19  ENG CT Challenge Tour 5 Cueball Derby Derby England David Lilley England Brandon Sargeant 3–1 [28]
09-24 09-30  CHN WR China Championship Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Guangzhou England Mark Selby Scotland John Higgins 10–9 [29]
10-04 10-05  BEL CT Challenge Tour 6 De Soeverein Lommel England David Grace England Ben Hancorn 3–0 [30]
10-01 10-07  BEL WR European Masters De Soeverein Lommel England Jimmy Robertson England Joe Perry 9–6 [31]
10-13 10-14  ENG CT Challenge Tour 7 Preston Guild Hall Preston England Joel Walker England Jenson Kendrick 3–0 [32]
10-15 10-21  ENG WR English Open K2 Crawley England Stuart Bingham England Mark Davis 9–7 [33]
10-24 10-25  ENG WST UK Seniors Championship Bonus Arena Hull Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty Brazil Igor Figueiredo 4–1 [34]
10-24 10-25  MAC TE Macau Masters (team event) JW Marriott Hotel Macau Macau England Barry Hawkins
Wales Ryan Day
China Zhou Yuelong
China Zhao Xintong
Wales Mark Williams
Hong Kong Marco Fu
England Joe Perry
China Zhang Anda
5–1
10-25 10-25  MAC VE Six-red Macau Masters JW Marriott Hotel Macau Macau England Barry Hawkins Wales Mark Williams 3–2
10-28 11-04  CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing Northern Ireland Mark Allen Australia Neil Robertson 10–5 [35]
11-05 11-11  ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Kyren Wilson 10–9 [36]
11-12 11-18  NIR WR Northern Ireland Open Waterfront Hall Belfast England Judd Trump England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–7 [37]
11-24 11-25  HUN CT Challenge Tour 8 Snooker Terminál Budapest England Simon Bedford England David Lilley 3–1 [38]
11-27 12-09  ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York England Ronnie O'Sullivan Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10–6 [39]
12-10 12-16  SCO WR Scottish Open Emirates Arena Glasgow Northern Ireland Mark Allen England Shaun Murphy 9–7 [40]
01-05 01-06  IRL WST Seniors Irish Masters Goffs Kildare England Jimmy White Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 4–1 [41]
01-13 01-20  ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London England Judd Trump England Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–4 [42]
01-26 01-27  ENG CT Challenge Tour 9 Star Snooker Academy Sheffield England Adam Duffy England Matthew Glasby 3–1 [43]
01-30 02-03  GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin England Kyren Wilson England David Gilbert 9–7 [44]
02-04 02-10  ENG WR World Grand Prix The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham England Judd Trump England Ali Carter 10–6 [45]
02-11 02-17  WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Australia Neil Robertson England Stuart Bingham 9–7 [46]
02-21 02-24  ENG WR Snooker Shoot-Out Watford Colosseum Watford Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh England Michael Holt 1–0 [47]
02-27 03-03  IND WR Indian Open Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty Kochi England Matthew Selt China Lyu Haotian 5–3 [48]
03-03 03-03  NIR WST/VE Seniors 6-Red World Championship Waterfront Hall Belfast England Jimmy White Jersey Aaron Canavan 4–2 [49]
03-06 03-07  ENG CT Challenge Tour 10 South West Snooker Academy Gloucester England George Pragnall Wales Callum Lloyd 3–2 [50]
03-04 03-10  ENG WR Players Championship Preston Guild Hall Preston England Ronnie O'Sullivan Australia Neil Robertson 10–4 [51]
01-01 03-14  ENG NR Championship League Ricoh Arena and Barnsley Metrodome Coventry/Barnsley England Martin Gould England Jack Lisowski 3–1 [52]
03-15 03-17  GIB WR Gibraltar Open Tercentenary Sports Hall Gibraltar England Stuart Bingham Wales Ryan Day 4–1 [53]
03-19 03-24  WAL WR Tour Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno England Ronnie O'Sullivan Australia Neil Robertson 13–11 [54]
04-01 04-07  CHN WR China Open Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium Beijing Australia Neil Robertson England Jack Lisowski 11–4 [55]
04-11 04-11  ENG WST The Seniors Masters Crucible Theatre Sheffield England Joe Johnson England Barry Pinches 2–1 [56]
04-20 05-06  ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield England Judd Trump Scotland John Higgins 18–9 [57]
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
VE = Variant event
TE = Team event
P/A = Pro–am event
CT = Challenge Tour event
WST = World Seniors Tour

Official rankings[edit]

Points distribution[edit]

2018/2019 points distribution for world ranking events:[58]

Round
Tournament
R144 R128 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Riga Masters £0 £1,500 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
World Open £0 £4,000 £8,000 £13,000 £20,000 £32,500 £75,000 £150,000
Paul Hunter Classic £0 £600 £1,000 £1,725 £3,000 £4,500 £10,000 £20,000
China Championship £0 £4,000 £7,500 £13,000 £20,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
European Masters £0 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £11,000 £17,500 £35,000 £75,000
English Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
International Championship £0 £4,000 £8,500 £13,500 £21,500 £32,000 £75,000 £175,000
Northern Ireland Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
UK Championship £0 £5,000 £10,000 £15,000 £22,500 £35,000 £75,000 £170,000
Scottish Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
German Masters £0 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £10,000 £20,000 £35,000 £80,000
World Grand Prix £5,000 £7,500 £12,500 £20,000 £40,000 £100,000
Welsh Open £0 £2,500 £3,500 £6,000 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
Shoot-Out £0[note 2] £500 £1,000 £2,000 £4,000 £8,000 £16,000 £32,000
Indian Open £0 £2,000 £4,000 £6,000 £10,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
Players Championship £10,000 £15,000 £30,000 £50,000 £125,000
Gibraltar Open £0 £1,500 £2,500 £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £12,000 £25,000
Tour Championship £20,000 £40,000 £60,000 £150,000
China Open £0 £5,000 £11,000 £18,000 £27,000 £45,000 £90,000 £225,000
World Championship £0 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000[note 3] £30,000 £50,000 £100,000 £200,000 £500,000

Statistics of ranking tournaments[edit]

Finalists[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Winning tournaments
1 Neil Robertson  Australia 3 3 6 2018 Riga Masters
2019 Welsh Open
2019 China Open
2 Ronnie O'Sullivan  England 3 1 4 2018 UK Championship
2019 Players Championship
2019 Tour Championship
3 Judd Trump  England 3 0 3 2018 Northern Ireland Open
2019 World Grand Prix
2019 World Championship
4 Mark Allen  Northern Ireland 2 1 3 2018 International Championship
2018 Scottish Open
Stuart Bingham  England 2 1 3 2018 English Open
2019 Gibraltar Open
6 Kyren Wilson  England 2 0 2 2018 Paul Hunter Classic
2019 German Masters
7 Mark Williams  Wales 1 0 1 2018 World Open
Mark Selby  England 1 0 1 2018 China Championship
Jimmy Robertson  England 1 0 1 2018 European Masters
Matthew Selt  England 1 0 1 2019 Indian Open
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh  Thailand 1 0 1 2019 Shoot-Out
12 John Higgins  Scotland 0 2 2
David Gilbert  England 0 2 2
Jack Lisowski  England 0 2 2
15 Ali Carter  England 0 1 1
Joe Perry  England 0 1 1
Mark Davis  England 0 1 1
Shaun Murphy  England 0 1 1
Peter Ebdon  England 0 1 1
Lyu Haotian  China 0 1 1
Michael Holt  England 0 1 1
Ryan Day  Wales 0 1 1
Total 20 20 40 20 of 20 tournaments completed

Champions by country[edit]

Rank Country Players Titles
1  England 7 13
2  Australia 1 3
3  Northern Ireland 1 2
4  Wales 1 1
 Thailand 1 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dates use the month-day format
  2. ^ First round losers in the Shoot-Out receive £250 prize money which do not count towards the prize money rankings.
  3. ^ Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points.

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