PoolBoy wrote:What would have been really interesting is if the Million was definitely there to be won - by the player coming top of the Home Nations Series 'Order of Merit'!
That would ensure all the players entered all 4 events and the drama would almost certainly extend to the latter stages of the 4th tournament.
I'll do an 'Order of Merit' later today for the two completed competitions...
I know we've joked about the million, but in seriousness it's just a gimmick. Nothing more.
Hearn wants the million to be theoretically achievable, but I doubt he actually wants it to ever be won. Which is why it's awarded for something that's so ridiculously hard to achieve. He wants people to dicuss the million, but I can't believe he actually wants it to be won.
With all this talk of players being skint we've had this weekend, you'd think a spare million pounds could be put to something more useful. At the end of the day, just because we've got a ranking event played in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, doesn't mean we've got to work that hard to link the four tournaments. It doesn't really add anything.
If we can get a million extra in sponsorship money, why not spread it over the prize pots of several tournaments?