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This is a list of professional snooker players ordered by the number of "ranking titles" they have won. A ranking title is a tournament which counts towards the snooker world rankings. World rankings were introduced in 1976–77, initially based on the results from the previous three World Championships. The first ranking event was thus the 1974 World Championship, won by Ray Reardon.

Until 1982 the World Championship was the only ranking event. In the 1982–83 season, two more ranking events were added to the snooker calendar: the International Open and the Professional Players Tournament. In 1984, the UK Championship, initially a non-ranking tournament, became a ranking event for the first time. Over the years more ranking tournaments were established. In the 2018–19 season there were twenty events worth ranking points.

List of winners

Following the 2020 English Open

Ronnie O'Sullivan holds the record for the most ranking titles with 37, having passed Stephen Hendry's total of 36 by winning the 2020 World Snooker Championship.[1] John Higgins is third in the list with 30 wins, followed by Steve Davis with 28. Davis's wins were made between 1981 and 1995 and he held the record until Hendry's 29th win at the 1998 Thailand Masters. Mark Williams has 22 wins and is the only other player with 20 or more wins.

Name Titles First Latest


  Players currently not on the World Snooker Main Tour.

Ranking title winners by country

Following the 2020 English Open
Country Players Titles First title Latest title
 England 34 185 1977 2020
 Scotland 7 79 1987 2020
 Wales 8 37 1974 2018
 Australia 1 18 2006 2020
 China 3 16 2005 2019
 Northern Ireland 3 8 1982 2018
 Ireland 2 7 1993 2006
 Thailand 2 4 1992 2019
 Canada 2 3 1980 1990
 Hong Kong 1 3 2007 2016
 South Africa 1 1 1985 1985
 Belgium 1 1 2017 2017
 Cyprus 1 1 2018 2018
13 countries 66 363 1974 2020

Minor-ranking tournaments

In 1992–93 and from the 2010–11 to the 2015–16 season there were a number of tournaments which contributed to the world rankings but at a lower rate than standard ranking tournaments. Wins in these tournaments are referred to as "minor-ranking titles". There were a total of 69 minor-ranking tournaments; 4 in the 1992–93 season with the remainder played from 2010 to 2016 as part of the Players Tour Championship.

Mark Selby had the most wins in minor-rankings events with 7. Mark Allen was second with 5 titles. A number of players won a minor ranking event but have never won a ranking event: Tom Ford won two minor-ranking tournaments while Marcus Campbell, Tony Drago, Andrew Higginson, Ju Reti, Rod Lawler, Rory McLeod, Barry Pinches, Troy Shaw, Joe Swail and Ben Woollaston each won once.

Chronology of ranking tournaments

At the end of the 2019/20 season there had been a total of 361 ranking events and a further 69 minor-ranking events. Minor-ranking events have not been played since the 2015–16 season.

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Current tournaments
Riga Masters M M R R R R
International Championship R R R R R R R R
China Championship R R R
English Open R R R R
World Open R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Northern Ireland Open R R R R
UK Championship R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Scottish Open[n 1] R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R M R R R R
European Masters R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
German Masters R R R R R R R R R R R R R
World Grand Prix R R R R R
Welsh Open R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Shoot Out R R R R
Players Championship R R R R R R R R R R
Gibraltar Open M R R R R
Tour Championship R R
China Open R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
World Championship R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Former tournaments
Alex Higgins
International Trophy
[n 2]
M
Antwerp Open[n 2] M M M
Australian Goldfields Open R R R R R R
Bahrain Championship R
Benson & Hedges Championship M
Bluebell Wood Open[n 2] M
British Open R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Brugge Open[n 2] M
Bulgarian Open[n 2] M M M M
Canadian Masters R
Classic R R R R R R R R R
Dongguan Open[n 2] M
Dubai Classic R R R R R R R R
FFB Open[n 2] M M
Gdynia Open[n 2] M M M M
Haining Open[n 2] M M
Indian Open R R R R R
Irish Masters R R R
Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup[n 2] M M M
Lisbon Open[n 2] M
Malta Grand Prix R
MIUS Cup[n 2] M
Northern Ireland Trophy R R R
Paul Hunter Classic M M M M M M R R R
PTC events (unnamed)[n 2] 6M 6M 3M
Prague Classic[n 2] M
Rotterdam Open[n 2] M
Ruhr Championship[n 2] M
Ruhr Open[n 2] M M M
Russelsheim Cup[n 2] M
Shanghai Masters R R R R R R R R R R R
Strachan Open[n 3] R 3M
Thailand Masters R R R R R R R R R R R R R
Warsaw Classic[n 2] M
Wuxi Classic R R R
Xuzhou Open[n 2] M
Yixing Open[n 2] M M M
Zhangjiagang Open[n 2] M M
Zhengzhou Open[n 2] M M
Ranking events 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 6 6 6 6 8 10 8 10 9 9 9 10 10 8 9 9 8 9 8 8 8 6 7 7 8 6 8 9 11 12 11 10 19 20 20 17
Minor-ranking events 4 12 12 13 12 9 7


 R: Ranking tournament
 M: Minor-ranking tournament
 Tournament was either not held or carried no ranking points.

Notes

  1. ^ In the 2012/2013 season the event was part of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Event was part of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series.
  3. ^ In the 1992/1993 there were three minor events in the same season.

References

  1. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (16 August 2020). "O'Sullivan wins sixth world title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2020.

Sources

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