It’s unlikely but not impossible that Ronnie O’Sullivan can overhaul John Higgins at the top of the provisional rankings by the end of the season.
Ronnie could do with Graeme Dott beating Higgins tonight but, whatever happens in Newport, he could go into the Betfred.com World Championship within striking distance of the Wishaw Wizard.
O’Sullivan’s 5-0 demolition of a very poor Jamie Cope today means he is now 7,105 points behind Higgins.
The winner of the Totesport.com Welsh Open picks up 5,000 points, the China Open 7,000 and the World Championship 10,000.
O’Sullivan can therefore still collect 19,500 more points this season – if he wins the last three titles.
This is unlikely to happen but he should at least ensure he finishes second in the end of season list.
Third placed Neil Robertson’s defeat to Ali Carter last night means Carter will overtake him if he reaches the final.
More interesting, though, is the battle for the top 16. As ever, this will come down to the Crucible but there are a few players with things to think about right now.
Chief among them are Joe Perry and Peter Ebdon, whose places are under threat without strong finishes to the campaign.
Perry looks low on confidence and is stationed a precarious 21st. Ebdon occupies 18th spot with Dott in with a chance of pushing him down a further space.
Liang Wenbo (14th) and Ricky Walden (16th) have fallen back after failing to qualify last week.
You can follow the latest moves in the ranking list on Global Snooker here.