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World Snooker rankings: The updated Order of Merit following the 2017 China Championship

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World Snooker rankings: The updated Order of Merit following the 2017 World Open

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Brecel climbs into the top 16 for the first time in his career (credit:Getty Images)

Luca Brecel has climbed into the top 16 of the world rankings for the first time following his victory at the China Championship, while runner-up Shaun Murphy is up to fifth in the latest revision.

Brecel had been ranked 27th in the world prior to his breakthrough week in Guangzhou, where he beat the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Marco Fu before enjoying a commanding 10-5 win over Murphy in the final.

As a result, the Belgian has risen 12 places to a career high of 15th, which puts him in a strong position for a potential Masters debut in January as well as a seeding straight through to the final stages of the World Championship.

Elsewhere in the elite bracket, Murphy’s run to the final sees him climb three spots to close the gap on the unchanged top four of Mark Selby, John Higgins, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui. Although, with Higgins seeing prize money drop off from his victory at the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open, the gap between him and Trump is now just short of £2,000.

Meanwhile, having not played in Australia two years ago, O’Sullivan is up four places to 10th after his run to the quarter-finals but, despite also reaching the Last Eight, Mark Williams has been pushed out of the top 16 to 17th.

Li Hang’s fairy-tale run to the semi-finals has seen him climb 12 places to a career high of 46th, while quarter-finalist Zhou Yuelong can also boast a new best ranking at 28th.

Fergal O’Brien is up six spots to 39th after reaching the Last Eight of a ranking event for the first time in 15 years, as Mike Dunn’s run to the third round lifts him the same distance to 37th.

After reaching the semi-finals in Australia in 2015, failure to qualify for the China Championship sees Jamie Jones drop nine places to 45th, but Allan Taylor climbs 39 to 91st after reaching the Last 16 and Ian Burns, who caused a scalp by defeating world number 12 Liang Wenbo in the opening round, rises 25 spots to 96th.

World Snooker Rankings 2017/18 after the Welsh Open

Position Player Change Prize Money
1 Mark Selby £1,429,025
2 Ronnie O’Sullivan £770,250
3 Judd Trump £701,750
4 Ding Junhui £665,925
5 John Higgins £605,050
6 Mark Williams +1 £433,750
7 Barry Hawkins +1 £427,225
8 Shaun Murphy -2 £425,900
9 Mark Allen £383,950
10 Marco Fu £366,150
11 Ali Carter +1 £324,525
12 Kyren Wilson +2 £320,250
13 Luca Brecel +2 £310,650
14 Stuart Bingham -3 £306,087
15 Neil Robertson -2 £300,125
16 Anthony McGill £295,800
17 Stephen Maguire +2 £279,925
18 Ryan Day -1 £273,137
19 Liang Wenbo -1 £255,650
20 Mark King £241,450
21 Ricky Walden +1 £234,475
22 Joe Perry -1 £200,350
23 Graeme Dott £198,425
24 Martin Gould £197,050
25 Yan Bingtao +2 £185,125
26 David Gilbert -1 £184,700
27 Xiao Guodong +2 £171,925
28 Michael Holt -2 £171,575
29 Michael White -1 £163,025
30 Anthony Hamilton £160,425
31 Zhou Yuelong +1 £148,075
32 Alan McManus -1 £147,400
33 Robert Milkins +2 £147,275
34 Jimmy Robertson £146,512
35 Jack Lisowski +3 £140,662
36 Tom Ford £139,100
37 Li Hang £137,950
38 Ben Woollaston -5 £137,275
39 Mark Joyce +1 £129,937
40 Dominic Dale -1 £127,550
41 Mark Davis £121,125
42 Gary Wilson +8 £116,487
43 Mike Dunn £113,450
44 Kurt Maflin -2 £112,262
45 Yu Delu +3 £109,225
46 Hossein Vafaei -1 £107,100
47 Noppon Saengkham +11 £105,750
48 Jamie Jones -2 £104,987
49 Matthew Selt -5 £103,900
50 Cao Yupeng +1 £102,525
51 Peter Ebdon -4 £100,987
52 Fergal O’Brien -3 £99,487
53 Matthew Stevens +2 £97,487
54 Andrew Higginson +3 £96,525
55 Stuart Carrington -3 £96,200
56 Robbie Williams £95,575
57 Rory McLeod -3 £95,212
58 Michael Georgiou +1 £94,737
59 Chris Wakelin +2 £87,900
60 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh -7 £85,425
61 Sam Baird -1 £82,575
62 Oliver Lines +1 £78,912
63 Scott Donaldson +3 £75,025
64 Alfie Burden -2 £74,975
65 Daniel Wells £74,712
66 David Grace +1 £72,825
67 John Astley +1 £71,725
68 Liam Highfield +1 £71,375
69 Tian Pengfei -5 £70,475
70 Mei Xiwen £61,712
71 Zhang Anda £61,250
72 Elliot Slessor £55,362
73 Lee Walker £54,825
74 Akani Songsermsawad £51,000
75 Lyu Haotian £48,500
76 Zhao Xintong £45,262
77 Hammad Miah £44,837
78 Mitchell Mann £44,525
79 Ken Doherty £44,500
80 Aditya Mehta £41,600
81 Sam Craigie £41,462
82 Ian Preece £39,100
83 James Wattana +2 £33,500
84 Alexander Ursenbacher -1 £33,100
85 Jak Jones +1 £31,962
86 Martin O’Donnell -2 £30,100
87 Xu Si +1 £29,500
88 Fang Xiongman +1 £29,150
89 Gerard Greene +1 £27,500
90 Wang Yuchen -3 £27,000
91 Ian Burns +9 £27,000
92 Craig Steadman £26,550
93 Peter Lines -2 £23,725
94 Zhang Yong -1 £23,000
95 Li Yuan -1 £22,500
96 Adam Duffy -1 £19,862
97 Thor Chuan Leong -1 £19,400
98 Allan Taylor -1 £18,750
99 Alex Borg -1 £18,100
100 Jimmy White -1 £17,500
101 Chen Zifan +1 £17,500
102 Ashley Hugill -1 £16,000
103 Niu Zhuang £15,000
104 Yuan SiJun £14,000
105 Eden Sharav £13,500
106 Robin Hull £13,500
107 Josh Boileau £12,812
108 Nigel Bond +12 £12,600
109 Chen Zhe -1 £12,500
110 Billy Joe Castle -1 £11,500
111 Soheil Vahedi +7 £10,500
112 Jamie Curtis-Barrett -2 £10,100
113 Ross Muir -2 £10,000
114 Chris Totten -2 £9,500
115 Kurt Dunham +6 £9,025
116 Duane Jones -3 £9,000
117 Christopher Keogan -3 £8,550
118 Joe Swail -3 £8,500
119 Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn -3 £8,000
120 Sanderson Lam -3 £8,000
121 Paul S Davison -2 £7,500
122 Boonyarit Keattikun £6,000
123 Rod Lawler £5,600
124 Hamza Akbar £5,500
125 Leo Fernandez £5,000
126 Sean O’Sullivan £5,000
127 Rhys Clark £2,500
128 David John £2,337
129 Lukas Kleckers £2,000
130 Basem Eltahhan £500
131 Matthew Bolton £0