mick745 wrote:If the defending champion at the masters is not in the top 16 do they still get to play as no. 1 seed?
Yes. And if I remember, Shaun Murphy was outside the top-16 even after winning the World Championship, and got seeded 2. He beat Ken Doherty in the last-16, denying a player who had rightfully qualified a chance to put food on the table.