The eight-man Challenge Tour Play-Off event, with one place on the World Snooker Tour available for the winner, will take place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Monday July 20th.
The event was originally scheduled for March 29th in Clacton-on-Sea but was then postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now take place in Sheffield, the day before the start of the Betfred World Championship qualifiers.
The Play-Off features the eight highest ranked players on this season’s Challenge Tour rankings to have not yet earned professional status for next season. Hong Kong’s Ka Wai Cheung has decided not to play in the event, and has been replaced with Tyler Rees, the next player on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
Five of the eight will be looking to play on the main tour for the first time.
Rory McLeod, Adam Duffy and Allan Taylor have of course been professionals already.
I would make McLeod the favourite to win this event.
The winner will receive a two-year card for the World Snooker Tour and the 8 players will also be playing in the World Championship Qualifiers.
A further incentive is that if any of these get through to the crucible they will earn a tour card for the next two seasons.
Andrew Pagett would have been eligible but earned his tour-card by virtue of his success in the European Amateur Championship.
This is the last Challenge Tour event as next year the WPBSA take over and the tour has been re-branded as the Q Tour.
Allan Taylor won the event and with it the tour card for the next 2 seasons.