Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and rest of top 16 learn UK Championship schedule

October 27, 2022
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Phil Haigh ✍️  

Betway UK Championship 2016 - Day 13 (Final)
The UK Championship heads to York on 12 November (Picture: Getty Images)

The schedule for the top 16 players at the UK Championship has been revealed, with the world’s elite heading straight to the Barbican in York starting on 12 November.

There has been a big change to the tournament this year, with qualifying now running from 5-10 November in Sheffield, then 16 qualifiers joining the top 16 in York.

It is the same set-up as the World Championship, when previously 128 players all went straight to York for the full event.

The top players are yet to discover their opponents, with a draw to take place after qualification finishes on 10 November, but they do know when they will be at the table in York.

Defending champion Zhao Xintong opens the show on the Saturday morning, with in-form Mark Allen also playing in that session coming off his Northern Ireland Open win.

Neil Robertson enters the fray on Sunday afternoon, with John Higgins later that evening, before world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan starting his campaign on the Monday afternoon.

Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski play on Tuesday afternoon with Mark Selby in the final session of last 32 games on Tuesday evening.

UK Championship final stages schedule

Saturday 12 November, 1pm
Zhao Xintong v qualifier
Mark Allen v qualifier

Kyren Wilson v qualifier
Ryan Day v qualifier

Sunday 13 November, 1pm
Neil Robertson v qualifier
Luca Brecel v qualifier

John Higgins v qualifier
Barry Hawkins v qualifier

Monday 14 November, 1pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan v qualifier
Yan Bingtao v qualifier

Mark Williams v qualifier
Stuart Bingham v qualifier

Tuesday 15 November, 1pm
Judd Trump v qualifier
Jack Lisowski v qualifier

Mark Selby v qualifier
Shaun Murphy v qualifier

There will be £250,000 taken home by the winner in York, £50,000 more than Zhao won last year when he beat Luca Brecel in a shock final.

Things are very different this season with the change to the event’s format, with qualifiers coming in with added confidence thanks to at least two wins, while those coming in at round one would have to win four matches to make it to York.

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