whitespider wrote:In defence of Higgins he did win 2 ranking titles in the season (and some probably throw in his Welsh in 2015 for a bit extra kudos). So that was 3 ranking titles in 6 months which is what people were actually voting on probably rather than the 2 in a season. It was a bit of a comeback as well (at 40) after a couple of years away from the business end of things.
I think the point worth demonstrating though is that no player is dominating at the minute so you can make an argument for several.
I take nothing away from Ronnie and Robbo - have been excellent at times this season (when playing). Robbo though has had a massive dip in form since the Welsh and that has cost him.
Well, I suppose when you think about it, you have a point.John Higgins.
International Champion (major) and one other ranker.Neil Robertson
Uk Championship (major) and CoC Champion.Ronnie O'Sullivan
Masters Champion (major) and Welsh Open.
Depends what you put the most emphasis on, I suppose. Out of those three, Higgins was the only one who won two rankers. However, you could also argue that the International Championship is only a major because Hearn says it is. Or that the UK Championship is less of a major now that the matches have been shortened.
Is Higgins more impressive due to his age and previous loss of form? Is Ronnie's more impressive due to his time off this season, or should he be made redudant as player of the season if he only competed for half of it.
It's all very subjective based on what you count as important, and the fact that none of the three named above was World Champion which may have swayed the decision one way, it's going to come down to opinion more than fact.