To get to Oz, Dorothy and pals had to follow the yellow brick road. In retrospect this was a doddle compared to the minefield that is the qualifying event for the Australian Goldfields Open.
The Dorothy entourage variously required a brain, a heart and the nerve as they went on their way. Snooker players will need all three and even that might not be enough in the carnage about to ensue in Sheffield.
It was clear from the first PTC that not all players have been locked indoors practising during the close season.
But the Australian Open is a fully fledged ranking tournament and competition for the 16 qualifying places in Bendigo will be fierce.
There are 99 players on the main tour as it stands but neither Marco Fu nor Igor Figueiredo have entered this tournament so there is only one extra match to play tonight before the last 96 begins tomorrow.
At least the qualifiers are properly broken up these days rather than being played in blocks as used to happen.
The qualifying system has a factory feel to it, supplying players for the final stages on a production line. But how else is it supposed to be played?
You occasionally hear the odd lunatic suggestion, such as every player on the tour should start in the first qualifying round (as happens in the PTCs).
Well, they have done. And the ones who were good enough rose up the rankings and joined the top 16 to earn their exemptions into the final stages, which guarantees the broadcasters who pump fortunes into the game the star names on screen. Every player on the circuit has the same chance to do this, more so now with the extra tournaments and more fluid ranking system.
Meanwhile, Steve and James Mifsud, who are brothers, have been awarded wildcards for the final stages in Bendigo, although the worth of these is questionable bearing in mind their matches will not be televised and will be played at 10am local time on the Monday morning.
If Steve Mifsud and Neil Robertson reach the World Cup final for Australia in Bangkok the previous day there will obviously have to be some rescheduling.
Good luck to all involved in Sheffield. With Glastonbury and Wimbledon in full flow it doesn’t feel like the snooker season but this is just as important a time in the calendar as the cold, dark winter months to come.