The last tournament of 2012 is European Tour event 5 at Ravenscraig in Scotland.
In the wake of the UK Championship it’s a little after the Lord Mayor’s Show. That said, has anyone ever sat through the Lord Mayor’s Show? What does it entail exactly?
There have been some notable withdrawals. Mark Selby, already qualified for the PTC grand finals and presumably exhausted from his York exploits, is a stay-away. So too are Neil Robertson, Matthew Stevens and Ali Carter.
Some, including Judd Trump, didn’t enter in the first place.
There’s been a lot of snooker played this year and some players want a break of the leisure variety with half the season still to come.
But someone will get a 10,000 euro Christmas bonus plus a chance to take part in the grand finals, where the top prize this season is £100,000.
The Scots are well represented with John Higgins, Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott all title contenders, although Dott is deeply unhappy with his form right now.
There is just one more PTC to come, in Germany next month, after which the top 25 on the order of merit will join the top seven in the Asian PTC standings for the grand finals.
Matt at Pro Snookerblog has provided a typically masterful overview of who is where.
British Eurosport will be showing every match live, with Eurosport on the continent showing live and recorded action.