‘Have cue, will travel’ is pretty much Stuart Bingham’s motto and it is starting to pay serious dividends.
He didn’t have to go to Zhengzhou for the third Asian PTC, having already guaranteed a place in the grand finals by winning the first.
But Bingham loves playing. He always has. He has contributed one significant thing to snooker: himself. Never one to shy away from travelling, he is reaping the rewards.
Any sport needs superstars but its bedrock is the band of committed professionals dedicated to their craft.
Bingham doesn’t regard snooker as an imposition, getting in the way of golf or the gym or general leisure time.
It’s his profession and one he takes seriously. He has now earned more than £100,000 this season and it’s only November.
Stuart is a father. It’s hard being away from the family but harder still to provide for them if he’s sat at home rather than out earning.
This is all very admirable. It doesn’t gain big headlines but is an attitude younger professionals would do well to observe and adopt.
There’s no rest for the wicked. The final UK PTC starts this weekend with the next European PTC in Bulgaria next week. Bingham will also feature in the semi-finals of the Premier League at the end of this month.