SteveJJ wrote:Wildey wrote:SteveJJ wrote:To avoid collusion or the appearance of it, where a player already qualified via the OOM plays someone who can only qualify via winning the final match....would it be better to incentivise players to go for a win by saying the winners of the last match get a number of ranking points to start the season with whilst those qualifying via the OOM don't?
There are so many other ways to get on tour take James Cahill he reached the Crucible last 16 but he starts on Zero points so rewarding q school players with ranking points wouldnt be fair would it.
Nope, it would help on one issue but extend an unfairness elsewhere. But then theres probably no completely fair answer
I've already expressed my opinion how to make Q School fairer, and achieve the secondary aims of helping player development and reduce travel / hotel expenses for the players.
In terms of rankings, I believe that all tournaments should count towards rankings, from the World Championship, Masters, Champion of Champions, individual challenge matches, ..., Gibraltar Open, ..., Q School, Pro-ams, National Championships, local club championships, team leagues, etc.
It just needs an incremental ranking system, not a points-based accumulation system. You could then have tournaments with a mix of top players (by ranking), qualification tournaments (like the Barnsley format), and invitation wild-cards (e.g. German players at the Tempodrom).
Nobody's ranking would be unfairly damaged: it goes up if you win, down if you lose.
There are many implementations of this in other sports. But once again, snooker sticks to the format that dates back to the 1970's.
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