PTC11, PTC12 – Date Changes Announced

Important news to note today for all players, particularly amateurs, as date changes were announced for the final two PTC events of the season. Click below for more and to read why a date clash will give one young player in particular a real dilemma…

As detailed at World Snooker, the date changes are as follows:-

PTC11 – Badminton Halls, Sheffield

  • Amateur Rounds – 10th December 2011
  • Professional Stages – 17-19 December 2011

The important change to note here is that the amateur rounds will now be played on the 10th December 2011 as opposed to between 15-16 December as was originally scheduled.

The professional stages remain unchanged.

PTC11 – Academy, Sheffield + Munich, Germany

  • Amateur Rounds – 11th December 2011 (Sheffield)
  • Professional Stages (to last 16) – 15-16 December 2011 (Sheffield)
  • Professional Stages (to finish) – 6-8 January 2011 (Munich)

All change here as the amateur rounds of the PTC12 event will now be staged at the Academy in Sheffield on the 11th December 2011, with the first three rounds of the main event being held between 15-16 December at the same venue – before PTC11.

The last 16 stage will then begin in Germany as scheduled in early January, with the following rounds being held over the following couple of days with all matches to be broadcast on Eurosport.

What does this mean?

A potentially important, if not immediately obvious consequence of the date change is that there is a notable date clash between the two amateur qualifying days and the third event of the EASB Pro Ticket Tour series. With main tour places up for grabs in both competitions, the likes of Kyren Wilson (third on the Pro Ticket list, close to the top eight of the PTC Order of Merit), and Gary Wilson now have a real dilemma as to which event they choose to enter.

The change also means that in effect, PTC11 will become the final event for all but 16 players ahead of the season’s second mid-season rankings revision which takes place on January 8th after PTC12. With important ranking points up for grabs I will preview the final two PTC events and who has the most to play for following the conclusion of the UK Championship in York.