Snooker news: Sean O'Sullivan and Ryan Thomerson book spots on tour next season

March 20, 2022
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Sean O’Sullivan is back on the professional circuit (Picture: Getty Images)

Sean O’Sullivan and Ryan Thomerson have both secured their places on the World Snooker Tour for the next two seasons, securing tour cards on Sunday through very different routes.

Thomerson won the Asia Pacific Open Snooker Championship, beating fellow Australian Justin Sajich 6-1 in the final in New South Wales.

O’Sullivan faced a nervy weekend as he hoped to win his tour card through the Q Tour rankings as the fourth and final event was played in Leeds.

Si Jiahui topped the Q Tour rankings, but he has already secured a tour card, so second place after the fourth event would be given a card, which O’Sullivan was in pole position for after a good run in the second and winning the third competition.

However, an early exit for the Storm meant a nervy wait on Saturday and Sunday, but no one could capitalise and usurp him in the rankings. Simon Bedford’s semi-final defeat to Robbie McGuigan securing O’Sullivan’s success.

The 27-year-old from London has twice been on tour before, notably reaching the last 16 of the 2016 Scottish Open and the quarter-finals of the 2014 Riga Open.

McGuigan did him a favour by coming from 0-3 down to beat Bedford 4-3 in the Q Tour 4 semi-final, which meant O’Sullivan could not be caught, and he told the 17-year-old on Twitter: ‘A large supply of non-alcoholic champagne is on its way mate.’

Thomerson, 27, was thrilled with his result in New South Wales, with the Aussie securing a tour card for the first time having worked for it for years from his base in Cambridge.

‘Oceania Champion. Can’t believe it!’ Thomerson wrote on Instagram. ‘Have earned myself a spot on the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association for the start of the next season.

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Ryan Thomerson celebrated his win in Australia (Picture: Instagram)

‘There are so many people to thank and have been overwhelmed with the support from everyone.

‘Have been dreaming for this day for a long time and to now have achieved one of my goals I can now write new ones.’

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