Ding Junhui's world ranking returned to the top 16, and he returned to the Masters after two years! O'Sullivan is firmly at the top of the list
In the early morning of December 4, the 2023 Snooker British Championship ended the final competition, and Ding Junhui, the first brother of China who reached the final for two consecutive years, lost 7-10 to the English star "Rocket" O'Sullivan after 17 rounds of fierce battles, and finally won the runner-up again. With the championship prize of 250,000 pounds, O'Sullivan continues to extend his advantage at the top of the world rankings, leading the second place Trump by as much as 221,500 pounds. Ding Junhui won the runner-up 100,000 pounds, returned to the top 16 in the world ranking, and regained the qualification for the Masters after two years as the 12th.
This year's British Championship is an important ranking event of the season, which will determine the entry to one of the three majors, the Masters. As the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, only the top 16 players in the world rankings will be eligible for the Masters. Before the British Championships, Ding Junhui was only ranked 17th in the world, and he also passed the qualifying test to get a place in the main event. Ding Junhui once again showed his strong strength, winning consecutive battles, and broke into the final of the British Championship for two consecutive years, but unfortunately lost again with the same score of 7-10, won the runner-up again, and missed the opportunity to win the fourth championship of the British Championship.
O'Sullivan won the British Championships eight times and the 40th crown of the ranking tournament, and received a bonus of 250,000 pounds, topping the list with a prize of 1.1375 million pounds, once again expanding the lead of the world No. 1, which slowed down the pace of Trump's catch-up behind him, and the crisis was temporarily lifted. Judd Trump is second with £916,000, while Belgian new world champion Brecel continues to be third with £811,500. Allen was fourth with £791,000, Selby was fifth with £634,000, Robertson was sixth with £483,500, Murphy was seventh with £481,500 and Williams was eighth with £447,500.
Kyren Wilson is ninth with £395,000, Higgins is tenth with £391,000, Carter is 11th with £384,000 and Ding Junhui is up five places to 12th with £375,000 to return to the top 16. Zhang Anda was 13th with £329,000, Milkins was 14th with £315,500, Hawkins was 15th with £315,000 and Lisowski was 16th with £307,000.
The above top 16 players in the world will also be participants in the 2024 Snooker Masters, and their world ranking is also their seeding order to participate in the Masters. Ding Junhui returned to the top 16 as he wished, and it was not easy to return to the Masters after two years. I also look forward to Ding Junhui seizing this precious opportunity and continuing to create good results in the Grand Slam tournament.