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Tour Survival 2015/16 – Player by Player

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As the nights draw in and the clocks go back, it is also that time of the year when I take a close look at the battle for tour places from the start of the 2016/17 season. As regular readers will be well aware, to fully understand how each of the current tour players are currently placed, it is necessary to analyse a number of different ranking lists and orders of merit.

With two of the biggest money events to come in the International Championship and UK Championship tournaments, today I take my first player-by-player look at the current state of play and flag up some of the surprise names with work to do if they are to remain on tour for another season…

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World Championship 2014: Tour Survival Blog

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So it begins, tomorrow will see the start of the 2014 World Championship qualifiers and with them, the climax of the race for main tour places, which I have been talking about so much during the past few months.

Though you can view my extended player-by-player guide to tour survival here, this then is the post that will be updated throughout this week’s matches, making focusing on those which could prove key to certain players hopes of remaining on the main tour for at least another season…

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Tour Survival 2013/14 – Player by Player (March Update)

With just two tournaments still to be played this season and both the European and Asian Orders of Merit now set, the battle for main tour places next season is now down to the two final events, the China Open and World Championship.

Click below then for an updated look at the current position and in particular those in need of victories further down the rankings if they are to avoid a trip to Q School in May…

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Drago250

Tour Survival – Gdynia Round-Up

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As those of you who have followed my updates both on the blog and on Twitter will be aware (and probably sick of reading), it has been a big weekend in Gdynia for those players battling it out for their main tour places for next season, with eight places available through the European Order of Merit.

Click below then for a round-up of how the various lists look after the tournament and what now can change between now and the end of the season…

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Gdynia Open 2014: Tour Survival Blog

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The eighth event of the 2013/14 European Tour is now underway in Gdynia and as explained earlier in the week, the implications of the event in terms of tour survival is significant, with the finalisation of the European Order of Merit after this event.

Click below for my rolling blog which will be updated throughout the day, flagging up the results to keep an eye on and those currently in position to retain a tour card through this list. I will also keep an eye on the race for PC finals spots, wherever that event will ultimately end up taking place…

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The Polish PTC Preview – Squeaky Bum Time

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Ok so it’s not technically called a PTC any more, but it will very much be squeaky bum time at this weekend’s Gdynia Open event in Poland, with far more on the line for some than might appear at first sight.

Click below for my thoughts on the battles that will be decided this week and for some of the key matches to keep an eye on from the eighth and final event of the 2013/14 European Tour…

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World Seniors Championship 2013: Hendry Heads Tournament Draw

Today saw the draw announced for the 2013 World Seniors Championship, as Nigel Bond will look to defend the title that he won 12 months ago at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

Also in the draw are the likes of Steve Davis and Jimmy White, as well as seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry, who will make his debut in the competition this year.

With the event set to be held between 19-20 October 2013, the draw in full is:

Tony Knowles v Darren Morgan

Dene O’Kane v Nigel Bond

Tony Drago v Qualifier 1

Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor

Joe Johnson v Stephen Hendry

Alain Robidoux v Tony Chappel

Qualifier 2 v Cliff Thorburn

Doug Mountjoy v Jimmy White

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World Championship Qualifiers 2013: Steadman Denies Grace In Thriller

Day one of the 2013 World Championship qualifiers began as a slow burner, but ultimately proved to be one full of drama as the match between Craig Steadman and David Grace went the distance in Sheffield. Click below for a round up of a day which also saw Luca Brecel happy to trail by just one frame overnight, while Thai duo Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon were also among those to progress…

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