The chosen ones

Since 1975 have been 11 The Chosen to occupy the Throne desired by every player

Ray Reardon

Cliff Thorburn

Steve Davis

Stephen Hendry

John Higgins

Mark Williams

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Neil Robertson

Mark Selby

Judd Trump

Ding Junhui

The first number 1 of the world was the Welsh player Ray Reardon, who held the position since the season of 1975/76 until the 1982/83. The canadian Cliff Thorburn interrupted Reardon's reign in the season 1981/82. England had its first issue 1 with Steve Davis, who dominated the circuit for the next several years, rising to the top spot during the seasons 1983-84-85-86-87-88-89 Y 90.

The Chosen Steve Davis
The Chosen Steve Davis

In the mid-1990s 80, a young Scottish player named Stephen Hendry, that was aiming very high, and showed it at the end of the same decade, defeating Steve Davis in two UK Championship finals. Stephen Hendry rose with the number 1 In the season 1990/91 and did not release said post until 1997/98. I would go back to the top in the season 2006/07.

The Chosen Stephen Hendry
The Chosen Stephen Hendry

The reign of Wales, England and Scotland, I continue with John Higgins, Mark Williams Y Ronnie O’Sullivan. The famous golden generation that debuted on the circuit in the year 1992. The British trio took the number spot 1 during 11 seasons (5 O’Sullivan – 3 Higgins – 3 Williams).

From the season 2010/11, the world circuit changed the scoring systems. To date, it was only updated at the end of the World Championship, and from that date, an update would be made at the end of each tournament, which led us to have several numbers 1 during the same season.

With the new system we had several numbers 1, some repeated how John Higgins and Mark Williams and others rose to the top for the first time, like the australian player Neil Robertson, Englishmen Mark Selby Y Judd Trump, and the Chinese player Ding Junhui. They were the Chosen to fill the number 1 world. The protagonist of these is the English Mark Selby, who finished the season seven times in first place: between 2010/2011 Y 2017/2018.

Judd Trump currently ranks number 1 world

Season Ranking 2019/20

The Chosen Ronnie O'Sullivan
The Chosen Ronnie O'Sullivan

PLAYERS NUMBER 1 OF THE WORLD

AT THE END OF THE SEASON

Season country Players
1974/1975 Welsh Ray Reardon (1)
1975/1976 Welsh Ray Reardon
1976/1977 Welsh Ray Reardon
1977/1978 Welsh Ray Reardon
1978/1979 Welsh Ray Reardon
1979/1980 Welsh Ray Reardon
1980/1981 Canada Cliff Thorburn (2)
1981/1982 Welsh Ray Reardon
1982/1983 England Steve Davis (3)
1983/1984 England Steve Davis
1984/1985 England Steve Davis
1985/1986 England Steve Davis
1986/1987 England Steve Davis
1987/1988 England Steve Davis
1988/1989 England Steve Davis
1989/1990 Scotland Stephen Hendry (4)
1990/1991 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1991/1992 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1992/1993 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1993/1994 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1994/1995 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1995/1996 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1996/1997 Scotland Stephen Hendry
1997/1998 Scotland John Higgins (5)
1998/1999 Scotland John Higgins
1999/2000 Welsh Mark Williams (6)
2000/2001 Welsh Mark Williams
2001/2002 England Ronnie O’Sullivan (7)
2002/2003 Welsh Mark Williams
2003/2004 England Ronnie O’Sullivan
2004/2005 England Ronnie O’Sullivan
2005/2006 Scotland Stephen Hendry
2006/2007 Scotland John Higgins
2007/2008 England Ronnie O’Sullivan
2008/2009 England Ronnie O’Sullivan
2009/2010 Scotland John Higgins
2010/2011 Welsh Mark Williams
2011/2012 England Mark Selby (8)
2012/2013 England Mark Selby
2013/2014 England Mark Selby
2014/2015 England Mark Selby
2015/2016 England Mark Selby
2016/2017 England Mark Selby
2017/2018 England Mark Selby
2018/19 England Ronnie O’Sullivan

NUMBER PERIODS 1 OF THE WORLD

No. country Players Since Until
1 Welsh Ray Reardon 3 Mayo 1975 20 April 1981
2 Canada Cliff Thorburn 21 April 1981 16 Mayo 1982
Welsh Ray Reardon (2) 17 Mayo 1982 2 Mayo 1983
3 England Steve Davis 3 Mayo 1983 29 April 1990
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 30 April 1990 4 Mayo 1998
5 Scotland John Higgins 5 Mayo 1998 1 Mayo 2000
6 Welsh Mark Williams 2 Mayo 2000 6 Mayo 2002
7 England Ronnie O’Sullivan 7 Mayo 2002 5 Mayo 2003
Welsh Mark Williams (2) 6 Mayo 2003 3 Mayo 2004
England Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) 4 Mayo 2004 1 Mayo 2006
Scotland Stephen Hendry (2) 2 Mayo 2006 7 Mayo 2007
Scotland John Higgins (2) 8 Mayo 2007 5 Mayo 2008
England Ronnie O’Sullivan (3) 6 Mayo 2008 3 Mayo 2010
Scotland John Higgins (3) 4 Mayo 2010 26 September 2010
8 Australia Neil Robertson 27 September 2010 12 December 2010
Scotland John Higgins (4) 13 December 2010 2 Mayo 2011
Welsh Mark Williams (3) 3 Mayo 2011 11 September 2011
9 England Mark Selby 12 September 2011 4 November 2012
10 England Judd Trump 5 November 2012 9 December 2012
England Mark Selby (2) 10 December 2012 17 February 2013
England Judd Trump (2) 18 February 2013 31 March 2013
England Mark Selby (3) 1 April 2013 9 June 2013
Australia Neil Robertson (2) 10 June 2013 5 Mayo 2014
England Mark Selby (4) 6 Mayo 2014 6 July 2014
Australia Neil Robertson (3) 7 July 2014 10 August 2014
England Mark Selby (5) 11 August 2014 7 December 2014
11 China Ding Junhui 8 December 2014 14 December 2014
Australia Neil Robertson (4) 15 December 2014 24 January 2015
China Ding Junhui (2) 25 January 2015 8 February 2015
England Mark Selby (6) 9 February 2015 24 March 2019
England Ronnie O’Sullivan (4) 25 March 2019 11 August 2019
England Judd Trump (3) 12 August 2019 Here I'm

PERMANENCE TIME

IN THE NUMBER 1 OF THE WORLD

System 1975-2010

Seasons Consecutive country Players
9 8 Scotland Stephen Hendry
7 6 Welsh Ray Reardon
7 England Steve Davis
5 2 England Ronnie O’Sullivan
4 2 Scotland John Higgins
3 2 Welsh Mark Williams
1 1 Canada Cliff Thorburn

2010-Present format

Days In a row country Players
2246 1505 England Mark Selby
483 330 Australia Neil Robertson
287 146 Scotland John Higgins
260 183 (10 Feb 2020) England Judd Trump Nº1
132 132 Welsh Mark Williams
140 140 England Ronnie O’Sullivan
22 15 China Ding Junhui

 

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