Currently according to the World Snooker website, the Champions of Champions list is as follows
1. Ronnie O'Sullivan (Champion of Champions; Masters; Welsh Open)
2. Mark Selby (World Championship; ET1)
3. Neil Robertson (UK Championship; Wuxi Classic)
4. Ding Junhui (German Masters; China Open; AT1)
5. Judd Trump (Championship League Snooker; Australian Goldfields Open)
6. Shaun Murphy (World Open; ET8; ET3)
7. Barry Hawkins (Players Championship Grand Final)
8. Stuart Bingham (Shanghai Masters; AT4)
9. Mark Allen (ET2)
10. Stephen Maguire (Six Red World Championship)
11. Dominic Dale (Shoot Out)
12. Steve Davis (World Seniors)
With just two events to be played out, there will be less than 16 different champions and the shortfall in players will be filled from the World Snooker rankings after the recent Bulgarian Open (ET3) event. The next four highest ranked players not already qualified are:
No.9 Marco Fu
No.11 Ricky Walden
No.12 John Higgins
No.14 Joe Perry
Now which is the second event? Obviously the International will count but I'm not sure which is the other event that World Snooker is referring to?
The question raised is would it be fair on a player who's been allocated a place according to rankings to miss out on the place in the tournament to accommodate Carter?
In the same argument is it worth remembering that if someone not already qualified for the tournament wins the International Championship then the candidate who'd miss out namely Perry would be out of the running anyway.
What are peoples thoughts on the matter? Should Carter be granted entry to the Champion of Champions?
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