The World Grand Prix concluded on Sunday night – in Cheltenham of all
places – and the Welsh Open began on Monday morning.
The Snooker road-show is clearly very congested, meaning there is precious little time for players to rediscover lost form in-between competitions. From a punting viewpoint, this hectic schedule makes life a lot simpler and allows us to draw a line through John Higgins and Mark Williams when trying to identify the winner of the Welsh Open. And you have to question where Mark Allen’s head is at given he conceded a frame and match with 11 reds still left on the table last week. So he’s another to avoid.
Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan do look irresistible right now and Mark Selby looks to be simmering in time for the World’s. Alas they are the top three in the betting for this £366,000 competition.
So, at a bigger price of 16/1 , my outright recommendation is Barry Hawkins who saw off Ryan Day (4-1); Ronnie O’Sullivan’s conqueror, Marco Fu (4-1); recent German Masters winner, Kyren Wilson (5-2) and only lost to Judd Trump (6-5) in the semi-final of last week’s World Grand Prix.