Neil Robertson took the coveted No 1 position in the world rankings after beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-1 in the final of the 12BET.com World Open in Glasgow.
The Australian kept up his perfect record in ranking event finals and has now won six out of six. He jumps from third to first in the list and becomes only the eighth player to have held the World No 1 position, after Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams and O’Sullivan.
The world rankings now work as a two-year rolling list and Robertson approves of the new system. “It means the list is much more up to date and rewards players who are winning tournaments and doing well,” said the Australian, who won the Betfred.com World title last May. “To be World Champion and World No 1 at the same time is a dream come true.”
O’Sullivan missed out on the 23rd ranking title of his career but he’s still up two places to fourth.
Peter Ebdon reached the semi-finals and is up four places to 13th, and with the cut off point for seedings for the UK Championship and the Masters to come after Euro Players Tour Championship event two next weekend, Ebdon looks set to qualify automatically for those two events. Mark Williams was the other losing semi-finalist, up two spots to sixth.
Martin Gould reached the first ranking quarter-final of his career and he flies up six places to 26th, and Ricky Walden also reached the same stage to earn a leap from 27th to 22nd.