TV SNOOKER RETURNS TO IRELAND
The Republic of Ireland will once again play host to a televised snooker tournament when the grand finals of the Players Tour Championship come to the Helix Theatre in Dublin next March.
It will feature the top 24 eligible players from the PTC order of merit following EPTC6 in Prague this weekend.
The Irish Masters was a hugely popular tournament with fans and players but has not been staged since 2005.
It will be interesting to see whether Ireland, traditionally a snooker hotbed, will embrace this new event.
The field will include some well known faces – including Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Mark Williams and Stephen Maguire – but also a great deal of more unfamiliar names.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Ding Junhui are among those not eligible to play and world champion Neil Robertson will need a strong performance in Prague to make the line-up.
There are no home players currently in the top 24 – Ken Doherty is 40th – and the tournament is being staged in the week of the St. Patrick’s celebrations, which are obviously a big deal in Dublin.
But for the many snooker fans who live in Ireland, this can only be good news.
TV and ticket details will be announced in due course.
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