How would people feel if The Masters became a ranking event? I appreciate that people are going to just dismiss it as a bad idea, and move on, but I'll tell you a bit why I ask.
A while back, I was watching snooker at my parents house. My parents quite like snooker, but they don't follow it as closely as I do, so will occasionally ask me to clarify something. One time when we were watching the China Open my dad was asking something. I forget exactly what, but I think it was along the lines of why there were so many wildcards in the event, and then asked if that meant this wasn't a ranking event. I tried to explain that it was, and that the wildcards just didn't receive any ranking points. At some part of the conversation, I mentioned that there was no ranking points for The Master, and my dad quipped; "What, so you can get ranking points for a noddy tournament like this, but not this?" Obviously not the comments of a full-on fan, so I just smiled and just said yes. But another time I was reminded of this comment when I was answering a similar question to my mum, and she asked why the top-16 are allowed automatically into an invitational event. I just explained that the top-16 were automatically invited. Though it made me thing that technically, only one personw as actually invited out of nowhere. The top-16, always in. One person qualifies and gets an invite. There's only one person where World Snooker sit down and decide; "Lets have that person playing."
So it got me thinking. There are two people outside of the top-16 in the Masters. Therefore everybody has a chance of receiving ranking points, even if there are less qualifying places to play for. To make it feasible, they'd have to maybe scrap the wildcard, and instead have two qualifiers. However, this may mean that both qualifiers would be playing well, and would scrap the farce that was letting Jimmy White in last year.
What with the World Open being a ranking event, when it's far too short to be one, I wondered how people would feel if The Masters retained the same format, but had ranking points up for grabs? It'll probably never happened, I just wondered how people felt, for the debate more then anything.
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