worst ranker ever
Probably was a contender, wasn't it? Just for the sheer poor quality organisation that went into it. I was one of those who had brought tickets to the Haywards Heath Premier League, and from memory I did that a couple of months before they'd announce the ranker. The fact that four big names had other commitments was completely World Snooker's fault, even if Ronnie pulling out wasn't. That's before we've even mentioned the fact that World Snooker moved it there without doing any research into how popular it was, because they thought sucking up to a rich country was a good idea. And the fact the crowd never had more then six people in it, and they were all sheikhs, could either be comical or annoying depending on how much of a good mood you were in when you watched it.
Like I say, I remember trying to look on the positive side during the tournament. You get to see more of people lower down the pecking order, it was a nice surprise to suddenly have snooker on etc. But, the incompetence that went into that tournament was staggering. Especially as World Snooker then couldn't afford to run the Malta Cup later in the season. Whilst the Bahrain was on, I had been conning myself saying "well there must be some logic to this", perhaps thinking that as it was in Bahrain some rich oil tycoon was basically funding the whole tournament because him and some of his mates wanted to be entertained. Obviously, that was a complete bullocks. Which is why that tournament really failed. World Snooker was trying to get fans in a rich country, whilst ignoring countries like Germany that was begging to have tournaments in them.
I must have weird taste though, because even after saying all that, I still found it a more enjoyable spectacle then the World Open. But that's just me being simple again.