By capturing the Australian Goldfields Open yesterday, Barry Hawkins became the 50th player to win a full ranking event.
Here is the list of 50 winners by number of titles:
Some great names here and a few surprise winners too. It should also be pointed out that the UK Championship did not become a full ranking event until 1984, which thus diminishes the tallies of players such as Davis, Griffiths, (Alex) Higgins and Mountjoy.
Indeed, it wasn’t until 1982 that any event other than the World Championship counted towards the world rankings, well past the prime of Reardon and Spencer.
The youngest winner remains O’Sullivan, who won the 1993 UK Championship the week before he turned 18.
The oldest was Reardon, who was 50 when he won the 1982 Professional Players Tournament.
Hendry has of course retired and thus cannot improve on his 36 titles and Davis has not won a ranking event since 1995. O’Sullivan is not playing at the moment so (John) Higgins is best placed to encroach on Hendry’s position at the top of the list, but still needs to win 13 more ranking titles to overtake him. At the age of 37, this seems unlikely.