Following the first two Star Xing Pai Players Tour Championship events, Barry Hearn, Chairman of World Snooker, expressed his delight at the successful start to the 2010/11 World Snooker Season.
“We’ve had a great start so far! The support for the events from the players has been really strong and interest is growing. At each event we are seeing more and more of the top players competing," said Hearn. "We’re giving them more chances to play and win prize money, which is exactly what they want!”
The first Star Xing Pai PTC was contested by 150 players from around the world and saw Mark Williams taking the title by beating Stephen Maguire 4-0 in the final. The field at the second event increased to 164 players, with Mark Selby coming out on top by beating Barry Pinches 4-3.
“Work behind the scenes has been hectic but very positive," added Hearn. "We’ve got a lot of exciting concepts which we are considering both for this season and the next one. One event that we are really working hard toward is snooker’s World Cup. International team competitions ignite serious passion from fans and I want to tap into that. It works for football, rugby and cricket and I think the time has come for snooker to have its own World Cup!”
The Chairman was on hand at the first annual World Snooker Golf Day held at The Players Golf Club just outside Bristol. The event saw 72 participants taking part with teams made up of players from golf’s EuroPro Tour (organised by Matchroom), invited guests and several professional snooker players. Players taking part included former World Champions Peter Ebdon and Shaun Murphy and current World number 12 Ryan Day amongst others.
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