THE SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE UNIVERSE!
(*JUST A BIT OF FUN)
Who has enjoyed the most possession of this season's 'Snooker Championship of the Universe Belt'!
With so many different winners and finalists throughout the campaign, plus countless shock results, I thought I'd try something a little bit different and fun. (I know, a bit geeky, yes).
Using the model the Unofficial Football World Championship applies, our SCOTUB is defended every time the title holder plays a competitive singles match - similar to boxing, WWE, UFC etc.
Yes, with snooker generally played to a knockout format, the belt will usually go to the overall winner of an event, but I thought it would be interesting to know who held it in between too.
I also wanted to see how strong the depth of the tour was, and whether the less familiar names could beat the top boys in form. As you will find out, three amateurs have held the title!
Below is the list of matches where the title 'changed hands'. The player in bold capitals won the title off the outgoing champion, and in brackets next to them was the amount of matches they won afterwards defending the belt.
As the World Champion, Stuart Bingham started out with the title, but lost his first defence to...
29/06/15 - Australian Open Last 32 - Stuart Bingham 4-5 FERGAL O'BRIEN (0 title defences)
02/07/15 - Australian Open Last 16 - Fergal O'Brien 1-5 JOHN HIGGINS (3 title defences)
01/08/15 - EuroTour1 Last 128 - John Higgins 2-4 JOE ROBERTS(0 title defences)
01/08/15 - EuroTour1 Last 64 - Joe Roberts 0-4 OLIVER LINES(1 title defence)
02/08/15 - EuroTour1 Last 16 - Oliver Lines 0-4 LIANG WENBO (0 title defences)
02/08/15 - EuroTour1 Q/F - Liang Wenbo 2-4 BEN WOOLLASTON (0 title defences)
02/08/15 - EuroTour1 S/F - Ben Woollaston 1-4 TOM FORD(0 title defences)
02/08/15 - EuroTour1 Final - Tom Ford 1-4 BARRY HAWKINS(1 title defence)
28/08/15 - EuroTour2 Last 64 - Barry Hawkins 3-4 KYREN WILSON(1 title defence)
30/08/15 - EuroTour2 Last 16 - Kyren Wilson 1-4 MARK KING (1 title defence)
30/08/15 - EuroTour2 S/F - Mark King 3-4 SHAUN MURPHY(0 title defences)
30/08/15 - EuroTour2 Final - Shaun Murphy 3-4 ALI CARTER(1 title defence)
09/10/15 - EuroTour3 Last 32 - Ali Carter 2-4 MARK DAVIS(1 title defence)
11/10/15 - EuroTour3 Q/F - Mark Davis 3-4 RORY McLEOD(3 title defences)
06/11/15 - EuroTour4 Last 128 - Rory McLeod 0-4 SAM BAIRD(4 title defences)
08/11/15 - EuroTour4 S/F - Sam Baird 2-4 RYAN DAY(0 title defences)
08/11/15 - EuroTour4 Final - Ryan Day 0-4 MARK ALLEN(3 title defences)
15/11/15 - Champion of Champions Final - Mark Allen 5-10 NEIL ROBERTSON(7 title defences)
18/12/15 - German Masters Last 128 - Neil Robertson 1-5 ASHLEY HUGILL(0 title defences)
19/12/15 - German Masters Last 64 - Ashley Hugill 1-5 ZHAO XINTONG (0 title defences)
04/02/16 - German Masters Last 32 - Zhao Xintong 2-5 LUCA BRECEL (3 title defences)
07/02/16 - German Masters Final - Luca Brecel 5-9 MARTIN GOULD (2 title defences)
13/02/16 - Snooker Shoot Out Last 32 - Martin Gould 0-1 ANDREW HIGGINSON(1 title defence)
14/02/16 - Snooker Shoot Out Q/F - Andrew Higginson 0-1 MARK WILLIAMS(0 title defences)
14/02/16 - Snooker Shoot Out S/F - Mark Williams 0-1 ROBIN HULL(2 title defences)
16/02/16 - Welsh Open Last 64 - Robin Hull 3-4 MARK ALLEN (3 title defences)
20/02/16 - Welsh Open S/F - Mark Allen 4-6 NEIL ROBERTSON(0 title defences)
21/02/16 - Welsh Open Final - Neil Robertson 5-9 RONNIE O'SULLIVAN (5 title defences)
03/03/16 - Championship League - Ronnie O'Sullivan 0-3 MARK WILLIAMS (0 title defences)
03/03/16 - Championship League - Mark Williams 2-3 JUDD TRUMP(2 title defences)
10/03/16 - World Grand Prix Last 16 - Judd Trump 2-4 STUART BINGHAM(2 title defences)
13/03/16 - World Grand Prix Final - Stuart Bingham 9-10 SHAUN MURPHY (3 title defences)
26/03/16 - Players Championship S/F - Shaun Murphy 4-6 MARK ALLEN(1 title defence NOT OUT)
28 different players have held the SCOTUB, including amateurs Roberts, Xintong and Hugill.
Mark Allen currently holds it as he did not reach the venue stages of the China Open (qualifying for that was back in February).
Allen has won it on three separate occasions, Robertson, Williams and Murphy have won it twice.
Robertson won the most matches in an individual reign as a defending champion with seven. Allen has defending it seven times over three separate stints!
Will he still be holding it come the end of the 17 days at the Crucible too?
Written and published by Michael Day on the 15th April 2016