Stephen Hendry is still the No. 1 player,
as he's been since 1990. John Higgins is the
new runner-up. He jumps all the way from 11th to this a new personal best.
Peter Ebdon also makes a major leap, from 10th
to 3rd, the best he's ever had too. The No. 4 spot is still in the property of
John Parrott, but
Nigel Bond beats his previous best by entering
5th. Alan McManus keeps on to his 6th
position for the fourth consecutive season. Completing the top eight are
Ken Doherty and
Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Irishman moves up
two places to equal his personal best whilst Ronnie drops five places to No.8.
Further down the list three of the best known players in the world are struggling.
Steve Davis drops to 10th,
James Wattana to 12th and
Jimmy White to 13th.
Dave Harold moves to a personal best 11th
and at 14 we find the first of the two newcomers in the top 16, Alain Robidoux. He enters the
elite at 14th from a previous 20th. Mark J Williams is the second "newbie". The young Welshman
moves to 16th from 39th.
Terry Griffiths and David Roe lose their top 16 positions. Griffiths falls down to 23rd and Roe
fares even worse; he leaves the top 32 and now lies in 34th.
Graeme Dott is the best second-year pro with a 58th position and Paul Hunter is the best rookie
Other major movers are: Rod Lawler (40th to 20th), Neal Foulds (28th to 21st), Anthony Hamilton
(31st to 22nd), Dave Finbow (47th to 28th), Chris Small (62nd to 30th), Matthew Stevens (236th to
67th) and Nick Pearce (204th to 95th).
Two former world champions, Cliff Thorburn and Alex Higgins are starting to find life tough in
the major league as they drop to 91st and 99th respectively.