CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS DRAW MADE WITH ROBERTSON TO FACE WHITE IN TOURNAMENT OPENER

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS DRAW MADE WITH ROBERTSON TO FACE WHITE IN TOURNAMENT OPENER

October 27th, 2020

The draw for the 2020 Champion of Champions has been made, with defending champion Neil Robertson set to get the tournament underway against Jimmy White on Monday, November 2, live on ITV4 from Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

Monday’s group will also see former Champion of Champions winner John Higgins face UK Championship winner Ding Junhui, while reigning World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan begins his attempt to win a fourth Champion of Champions title against Michael Holt on Wednesday.

The event begins with a quarter of four-man groups, with one group played each day from Monday until Thursday. The afternoon sessions feature two best-of-seven Group Semi-Finals, before the best-of-11 Group Final in the evening session. The tournament carries a £440,000 prize fund with £150,000 going to the winner.

Players were split into three seeding pools for the draw, based on their current WST World Ranking, with players in Pool One automatically allocated to the group which corresponds with their seeding. Robertson is the defending Champion of Champions and will take his place in Group 1 on Monday as the tournament’s No.1 seed. World No.1 Judd Trump will be in Group 2, with World Champion O’Sullivan in Group 3 and World No.4 Mark Selby in Group 4.

One player from Pool Two (Mark Allen, Kyren Wilson, Shaun Murphy and John Higgins), was drawn at random into each group. The remaining eight players were placed into Pool Three, with two players from that pool drawn into each group.

Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy are the seeded players in Group 2, where they will be joined by Stuart Bingham and the winner of this week’s Championship League Snooker. Group 2 fixtures will be confirmed on Friday night, with the highest ranked non-seed to face Murphy, and the lower ranked player to face Trump. Should the Championship League Snooker yield a repeat winner, David Gilbert will take the remaining place in the Champion of Champions as the highest ranked player not to have qualified already.

Wednesday’s action sees Mark Selby face Luca Brecel before Kyren Wilson plays Stephen Maguire in Group 4.

Group action concludes on Thursday with three-time Champion of Champions Ronnie O’Sullivan facing Michael Holt and Mark Allen against Scott Donaldson.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS DRAW & SCHEDULE

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | GROUP 1
1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)
Neil Robertson v Jimmy White
John Higgins v Ding Junhui

7pm | Group Final (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | GROUP 2
1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)
Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham
Shaun Murphy v David Gilbert

7pm | Group Final (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | GROUP 4
1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)
Mark Selby v Luca Brecel
Kyren Wilson v Stephen Maguire

7pm | Semi-Finals (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | GROUP 3
1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Michael Holt
Mark Allen v Scott Donaldson

7pm | Semi-Finals (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
7pm | Semi-Final 1 (best of 11)
Group 1 Winner v Group 4 Winner

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
7pm | Semi-Final 1 (best of 11)
Group 2 Winner v Group 3 Winner

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
The Final (Best of 19)

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