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2017/18 FANTASY HOME NATIONS ORDER OF MERIT -

FINAL STANDINGS 


After the conclusion of last night's Welsh Open, we can now reveal who the most successful player from this season's Home Nations Series is with our fantasy Order of Merit. Last year's champion was Stuart Bingham. 

Congratulations to John Higgins, who accumulated the most prize money from his visits to Barnsley, Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff throughout the campaign. 

Predictably, the top four positions in the rankings were taken by the four champions of each Home Nations event, although Higgins was slightly more consistent with a Semi-Final run at his home Scottish Open; Last 16 and 32 finishes at the English and Northern Ireland Open's respectively too. 

Just like the inaugural staging of the Home Nations Series, there were four different winners of the events and from the eight held altogether, we have seen eight different winners. 

I have said it before numerous times, but the Million Pound Bonus does look like a fad to me. It did generate column inches after this year's English Open when O'Sullivan briefly threatened the virtually impossible, although it was something 'The Rocket' himself said wasn't in his mind of achieving. 

In terms of longevity, why not instead give a prize to the winner of this Order of Merit, or perhaps have a Home Nations Grand Finals with the Top 32 (34) qualifying below. I feel this would give an added dimension to the series and may entice all the big names to enter all the events. 

You could perhaps replace this event with the upcoming Players Championship, which for me, is very difficult to distinguish from the recently completed World Grand Prix. 

Anyways, here are the final standings. 


​1st John Higgins £99,500 
2nd Ronnie O'Sullivan £93,500 
3rd Neil Robertson £86,000 
4th Mark Williams £77,000 
5th Yan Bingtao £49,500 
6th Kyren Wilson £39,500 
=7th  Barry Hawkins £32,500 
Cao Yupeng £32,500 
9th Judd Trump £32,000 
10th Gary Wilson £31,000 
11th Elliot Slessor £29,500 
12th Anthony McGill £28,500 
13th Noppon Saengkham £27,000 
14th Lu Haotian £25,000 
=15th Mike Dunn £21,000 
Ricky Walden £21,000 
17th Alexander Ursenbacher £20,000 
18th Xiao Guodong £19,500 
19th Liam Highfield £18,000 
=20th Jack Lisowski £16,000 
Robert Milkins £16,000 
Michael White £16,000 
=23rd Stephen Maguire £15,000 
Yu Delu £15,000 
25th Liang Wenbo £14,500 
26th Tom Ford £13,500 
=27th Tian Pengfei £12,500 
Hossein Vafaei £12,500 
Li Yuan £12,500 
=30th Stuart Carrington £12,000 
Sam Craigie £12,000 
Matthew Stevens £12,000 
Chris Wakelin £12,000 
Ben Woollaston £12,000 ​



Image above is courtesy of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association



Written and published by Michael Day on the 5th March 2018