Lekkere zwarte om mee te eindigenquote:Op donderdag 30 maart 2017 12:16 schreef Modus het volgende:
Het nieuwe seizoen begint 9 mei met de Q-school .quote:The first man to drop out is Ian Burns, who falls six places from 60th pre-tournament to 66th after it, following his opening round defeat to Ian Preece at Ponds Forge. He actually began the tournament 56th on the latest provisional ranking list, but with all of the players immediately below him on the list managing to win at least one match, he found himself nudged out of the top 64.
He did at least manage to earn an eleventh hour reprieve in respect of his tour card, Saengkham’s qualification seeing him earn a fresh two-year card via the one-year list.
Also dropping out of the top 64 is Robin Hull, following his 10-8 defeat to Reanne Evans in the opening round of the World Championship qualifiers. Like Burns however, he will remain on the tour by virtue of his position on the one-year ranking list.
Elsewhere, notable tour drop-offs include former world champion Ken Doherty and six-time finalist Jimmy White, both having finished outside of the top 64 and also too low down on the one-year list to earn a fresh card. Since their relegations were confirmed however, it has been announced that both will receive an invitational tour card from World Snooker which will allow them to continue to compete on tour for at least another two years.
Others falling off the tour include former Masters semi-finalist Jamie Cope, two-time world finalist Joe Swail and former Shanghai Masters finalist Jamie Burnett, although Cope and Swail will be hoping to earn a reprieve through Q School.