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Feb 26 2014

AT4 Draw Now Available

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World Snooker have today released the draw for the fourth event of the 2013/14 Asian Tour, the final event which will determine the final order of merit and with it, places in the Players Championship Grand Finals and main tour cards for next season…

  • Click here to view the latest Asian Tour order of merit

The AT4 event is scheduled to take place prior to the Haikou World Open tournament in Dongguan City between 4-8 March 2014 and you can access the draw and format here at World Snooker.

Alternatively, you can also view the draw here at snookerorg, a format that regulars will know I find to be easier on the eye.

In terms of the entry list itself, this was always going to be an interesting tournament to see who entered, particularly of those players ranked outside of the top 64 on the money list, as well as having already finished too far down on the European Tour order of merit to retain their tour card via that route.

Among those hoping to save themselves with a run to the final, or at least earn additional money for the main two-year money list, are Zhang Anda, Paul Davison, Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon, Chen Zhe, Craig Steadman and Li Yan, Michael Leslie and Daniel Wells.

EDIT: One man in danger, perhaps surprisingly, is China’s Liu Chuang, who finds himself down in 76th place on the money list, despite being as high at 50 on the current points list. With 3,600 from the Asian Order of Merit so far, Liu is currently second of the four players currently poised to earn a tour card through the Asian list, but is not yet safe with this event still to come. Rather oddly, Liu has elected not to enter this event, a decision that could ultimately cost him his main tour place beyond the end of this season.

As well as tour places, there are also Players Championship Grand Finals up for grabs, eight of them to add to the field of 24 already known from the European list. As Mark Selby has already qualified for the Finals via the European list, whoever finishes in 9th place on the final Asian list will take the final spot in Preston as a result.

  • Rob Freeman

    Another of the Chinese players to watch for is Tian Pengfei – higher than Liu on the end of season ranking list (47), but 67th on the money list, and £700 of the Asian order of merit.

  • darren

    dont you mean wells

  • Tor

    I can’t seem to find Liu Chuang’s name in the draw..?

    • Matt

      My bad actually, I can’t believe he hasn’t entered this one!

  • mikets

    Although Selby is very likely to finish in the top 8 in the Asian list, it’s not certain – he could be overtaken by Holt (if the reaches the third round), Donaldson (if he reaches the quarter-finals), McManus and amateurs Lu Chenwei and Zhou Yuelong (if they reach the semifinals) and the two finalists from this event.

    Ding and Bingham are the only top-10 players in the draw so it’s quite realistic to assume that one or both might reach the final. If either does he would be higher on the Asian list than on the European list so would qualify for the finals via the Asian list with the last European place going to Hawkins; if both reach the final, Robbie Williams would also qualify as 26th on the European list.

    The absence of Xiao Guodong, Liu Chuang and Cao Yupeng is rather surprising – they would have been serious contenders for the top 8, currently lying in 8th, 9th and 10th positions. All of the next 20 or so in the Asian order of merit seem to have entered.

  • Alan Moroney

    I am surprised most of those players ranked 59 to about 70 on money ranking did not enter. Looking at your money list, it looks like there’ll only be about 2000 points between the bottom 3 or 4 above the tour card cut-off and the top 3 or 4 just below.. Plus a good run could see you at the Finals, which almost definitely must mean staying on the tour, and some decent points for the next seasons not available to any non-qualifier. Be interesting to hear what Matt thinks/knows about why this may be?