There can be such a thing as too much snooker, as Ali Carter will testify.
A week on from losing in the 888.com World Championship final, he was back in action at Crondon Park Golf Club here in sunny Essex in the latest group of the Championship League.
Ali had played in all six previous groups but finished bottom of group 7. He was clearly exhausted and had nothing left to give.
Therefore, he won’t be playing any further part in the competition, which seems a shame given his great run through it.
Indeed, it was the Championship League that got Carter match fit for the Crucible.
He won £22,600 from the event and, of course, £203,500 at the World Championship.
It means his earnings this season represent around a third of what he’s won in his 12 year pro career.
Now seventh in the world rankings, the only way is up for the Captain.