The marathon that is Q-School reaches its conclusion today with the final 16 players in Q-School 3 fighting it out for the last 4 main tour places up for grabs from this event.
On the main tour itself, yesterday was notable for the draws being published for the first three events of the season which start off with the qualifiers for the Wuxi Classic in Gloucester on Monday.
Perhaps surprisingly Ronnie O’Sullivan has entered, he starts off his campaign against the man who works behind the bar at the venue Michael ‘Wazza’ Wasley and this tournament also of course sees the beginning of Bazza’s big gamble; the flat 128 structure which will become an increasingly familiar sight as the season progresses, how it goes remains to be seen.
Tuesday also saw the draw for the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open which follows the Wuxi qualifiers at the same venue. This event does not follow the same flat structure and at first sight suffers from a severely depleted field, the highest ranked player that I can see in the qualifiers is Ken Doherty who is currently in 27th spot. This means that only 16 players above him in the rankings have entered the tournament, probably because of the prize money and associated travel costs which I commented on the other day here.
I’m guessing that not many of the 16 with the exception of Neil Robertson will be from the top 8, but we shall see, there may be the odd few that fancy combining it with a holiday in Australia, I think I remember Shaun Murphy saying he had friends there and enjoyed his time in Aus and I imagine former champ Ballrun Bingham and current one Barry Hawkins will be on the plane but after that it’s anyone’s guess.
UPDATE: THE LAST 32 DRAW IS HERE SO YOU CAN SEE WHO ENTERED.
The Bulgarian PTC draw also came out and once again the World Champion O’Sullivan has bucked the trend and entered and if this YouTube clip is to be believed he is really looking forward to it, you can see the excitement on his face in fairness.
You can view the draw for the Wuxi Classic here.
You can view the draw for the Australian Goldfields Open here.
You can view the draw for PTC Bulgaria here.
It’s great to see that the World Snooker PDF’s are up to their usual standard too.
Here’s the draw for today, you can keep up with these matches on the live scoring here.
Gareth Green 4-1 Sydney Wilson
David Morris 4-2 Ant Parsons
Lee Spick 4-3 Darren Cook
Phil O’Kane 0-4 Duane Jones
Adam Wicheard 4-1 Darryl Hill
Chris Wakelin 4-1 Darren Bond
Josh Boileau 1-4 Ashley Carty
Rhys Clark 3-4 Fraser Patrick
Gareth Green 1-4 David Morris
Lee Spick 4-2 Duane Jones
Adam Wicheard 2-4 Chris Wakelin
Ashley Carty v Fraser Patrick