I give a lot of credit to players winning the proper ranking events (not these PTCs), but yeah, at the end a career, it's the Masters, UK, and especially World Championship, where you are judged. Those are the ones that matter most. Like the slams in tennis. Other wins matter, of course. It all adds up. But the Majors are worth so much more on a CV
This is where players currently stand:http://goo.gl/ArIYR0
Ding is 21st on the Major list and 13th on the Ranking (non major tallied only) list.
Yes, it annoys me that people are inferring that Ding has got ahead of players that have the world championship under their belt. Players like John Parrott, Dott, Ebdon etc.
The ridiculous thing is that the "ranking tournaments won" stat is selected over "pro tournaments won" because of apparent fairness to all players. It is the most unfair thing you can possibly do to compare eras of vastly different ranking tournament numbers. It's like widening the goalposts at one end of a football field and then insisting it is still fair because they are all playing on the same field.
However, Ding is still young. Hopefully he can win the World Championship yet, and maybe multiple wins.