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The 2015/2016 snooker season was a series of snooker tournaments played between 7 May 2015 and 2 May 2016.

Snooker season 2015/2016
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Nations that hosted a World Snooker Tour event during the 2015/2016 season
Details
Duration7 May 2015 – 2 May 2016
Tournaments28 (10 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK ChampionshipAustralia Neil Robertson
MastersEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
World ChampionshipEngland Mark Selby

The World Grand Prix became a ranking event featuring the top 32 players on a one-year money list, having been a non-ranking event the previous season.[1]

New professional playersEdit

Countries   Australia   Brazil
  China   Egypt   England
  Iran   Isle of Man   Pakistan
  Scotland   Thailand   Wales

The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2015 World Championship,[2] and the 30 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualified for the season. The top eight players from the European Tour Order of Merit and top four players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, who had not already qualified for the Main Tour, also qualified. Another two players came from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs,[3] and a further eight places were available through the Q School.[4] The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body nominations. Hossein Vafaei's two-year tour card will commence this season.[n 1] All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.

CalendarEdit

The following table outlines the results and dates for all the ranking and major invitational events.[18][19][20]

Date[n 3] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05–07 05–10   AUT P/A Vienna Snooker Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna   Peter Ebdon   Mark King 5–3 [21]
06–15 06–21   CHN TE World Cup (Team event) Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium Wuxi   China B   Scotland 4–1
06–29 07–05   AUS WR Australian Goldfields Open Bendigo Stadium Bendigo   John Higgins   Martin Gould 9–8 [22]
07–15 07–19   ENG P/A Pink Ribbon The Capital Venue Gloucester   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Darryn Walker 4–2 [23]
07–29 08–02   LAT PT European Tour – Event 1[n 4] Arena Riga Riga   Barry Hawkins   Tom Ford 4–1
08–26 08–30   GER PT European Tour – Event 2[n 5] Stadhalle Fürth   Ali Carter   Shaun Murphy 4–3
09–07 09–12   THA VE Six-red World Championship Fashion Island Shopping Mall Bangkok   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh   Liang Wenbo 8–2
09–14 09–20   CHN WR Shanghai Masters Shanghai Grand Stage Shanghai   Kyren Wilson   Judd Trump 10–9
10–07 10–11   GER PT European Tour – Event 3[n 6] RWE-Sporthalle Mülheim   Rory McLeod   Tian Pengfei 4–2 [24]
10–19 10–23   CHN PT Asian Tour – Event 1[n 7] Haining Sports Center Haining   Ding Junhui   Ricky Walden 4–3
10–25 11–01   CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing   John Higgins   David Gilbert 10–5
11–04 11–08   BUL PT European Tour – Event 4[n 8] Universiada Hall Sofia   Mark Allen   Ryan Day 4–0
11–10 11–15   ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry   Neil Robertson   Mark Allen 10–5
11–11 11–14   HKG NR General Cup Qualifying Event General Snooker Club Hong Kong   Zhang Anda   Cao Yupeng 5–4
11–16 11–21   HKG NR General Cup General Snooker Club Hong Kong   Marco Fu   Mark Williams 7–3
11–24 12–06   ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York   Neil Robertson   Liang Wenbo 10–5 [25]
12–09 12–13   GIB PT European Tour – Event 5[n 9] Tercentenary Sports Hall, Victoria Stadium Gibraltar   Marco Fu   Michael White 4–1
01–10 01–17   ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Barry Hawkins 10–1
01–30 01–31   ENG NR World Seniors Championship Preston Guild Hall Preston   Mark Davis   Darren Morgan 2–1
02–03 02–07   GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin   Martin Gould   Luca Brecel 9–5
02–12 02–14   ENG NR Snooker Shoot-Out Hexagon Theatre Reading   Robin Hull   Luca Brecel 1–0
02–15 02–21   WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Neil Robertson 9–5
02–23 02–28   POL PT European Tour – Event 6[n 10] Gdynia Sports Arena Gdynia   Mark Selby   Martin Gould 4–1
01–04 03–03   ENG NR Championship League Crondon Park Golf Club Stock   Judd Trump   Ronnie O'Sullivan 3–2
03–08 03–13   WAL WR World Grand Prix Venue Cymru Llandudno   Shaun Murphy   Stuart Bingham 10–9
03–22 03–27   ENG WR Players Tour Championship Finals EventCity Manchester   Mark Allen   Ricky Walden 10–6
03–28 04–03   CHN WR China Open Beijing University Students' Gymnasium Beijing   Judd Trump   Ricky Walden 10–4
04–16 05–02   ENG WR World Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield   Mark Selby   Ding Junhui 18–14 [26]
WR = World ranking event
PT = Players Tour Championship 2015/2016 event
NR = Non-ranking event
VE = Variant event
P/A = Pro–am event
TE = Team event

Official rankingsEdit

World ranking pointsEdit

Points distributionEdit

2015/2016 points distribution for world ranking and minor-ranking events:[27]

Tournament/Round→ R144 R128 R96 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Asian Tour events 0 400 800 1,300 1,750 3,500 6,500 13,500
European Tour events 0 525 900 1,725 3,000 4,500 9,000 18,750
Players Championship Grand Finals 4,000 7,000 12,500 20,000 38,000 100,000
Australian Goldfields Open 0 250[n 11] 500 1000[n 11] 4,500[n 11] 6,000 8,500 10,000 16,000 37,500
Shanghai Masters 0 500[n 11] 2,000 3,000[n 11] 6,000[n 11] 8,000 12,000 19,500 35,000 85,000
International Championship 0 4,000 7,000 12,000 17,500 30,000 65,000 125,000
UK Championship 0 4,000 9,000 12,000 20,000 30,000 70,000 150,000
German Masters 0 1,500 3,000 3,750 7,500 15,000 26,250 60,000
Welsh Open 0 2,000 3,000 5,000 10,000 20,000 30,000 60,000
World Grand Prix 2,500 5,000 10,000 20,000 35,000 100,000
China Open 0 4,000 6,500 8,000 12,500 21,000 35,000 85,000
World Championship 0 6,600 9,900 13,250[n 11] 22,000 33,000 66,000 137,500 330,000

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hossein Vafaei received special dispensation to play on the Main Tour last season, while awaiting a visa, which he received in February 2015.[5][6]
  2. ^ Tour card deferred by World Snooker to the start of the 2016/17 season.[8]
  3. ^ Dates use the month day format
  4. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Riga Open.
  5. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Paul Hunter Classic.
  6. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Ruhr Open.
  7. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Haining Open.
  8. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Bulgarian Open.
  9. ^ Event also known as the 2015 Gibraltar Open.
  10. ^ Event also known as the 2016 Gdynia Open.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/hearn-announces-new-five-year-plan/
  2. ^ "Provisional End-of-Season Seedings". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Amateur Order of Merit". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 13 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Entries Open For Q School 2015". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 February 2015. Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Tirapongpaiboon/Ayouri Tour Cards". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 16 June 2014. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Iranian snooker player Vafaei gets visa". TeamIran.net. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  7. ^ Pathak, Vivek (29 November 2014). "Yan Bingtao becomes youngest ever World Champion". International Billiards and Snooker Federation. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Yan Bingtao Tour Card Deferred". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Tour Players 2015/2016" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Darryl Hill is Europe's man". ebsa.tv. European Billiards & Snooker Association. 26 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Pakistan's Hamza lifts Asian Snooker Championship title". geo.tv. geo.tv. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  12. ^ 泰国小将宋沙瓦夺冠 连克赵心童袁思俊成中国苦主 (in Chinese). my147.com. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  13. ^ Acosta, Roberto (1 February 2015). "Brasil arrasó con los premios del Panamericano de Snooker" (in Spanish). Late!. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Oceania Men's Snooker Championship 2015". obsf.info. Oceania Billiards & Snooker Federation. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  15. ^ "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  16. ^ "EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Asian Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Calendar 2015" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Tournament Calendar 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Finals 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Vienna Snooker Open 2015". Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  22. ^ "Australian Goldfields Open 2015". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  23. ^ "O'SULLIVAN IN THE PINK". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Rory Rules In Ruhr". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  25. ^ "Robertson wins UK Championship final". BBC News. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  26. ^ "Highlights: Selby wins second world title". BBC News. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  27. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Click-here-for-the-schedule.pdf

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