VICTORY for Judd Trump at the new European Masters tournament means that 13 of the 16 players can now be confirmed for the this year’s eagerly anticipated Champion of Champions event at the Ricoh Arena next month.
With Trump having already qualified for the event following his victories at the Champion of Champions and China Open events last season, Mark Davis is now assured of his place thanks to his victory at the World Seniors Championship in Preston.
Qualification for the event will be determined by the results of professional tournaments dating back to Neil Robertson’s victory at the event in 2015.
It looks set to be another high profile line-up in Coventry with Robertson, Trump and current world number one Mark Selby all set to play inside the Jaguar Exhibition Hall, while the likes of Shaun Murphy, Mark Allen and Ding Junhui have also qualified.
One man who is set to attract the crowds and looks set to return to the event after missing out last year is two-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
There are three places remaining for the winner of this week’s English Open, the International Championship later this month and the China Championship.
If any players who have already qualified for the remaining three events then ‘top up’ players will be selected from the ranking list, which takes into consideration prize money earned during the 2016/17 season.
Joe Perry tops the list with Michael Holt sitting second and last year’s World Champion Stuart Bingham will also be hoping to return to the Ricoh Arena.
Players qualified for 2016 Champion of Champions: