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World’s best snooker players heading to Southport for the first time

Snooker fans will have the chance to see the world’s leading players in Southport in the New Year.

The Coral Players Championship will run from February 24 to March 1 in 2020 at the Southport Waterfront. The leading 16 players on the one-year ranking list will qualify for the first professional tournament ever staged in the town.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the event last year when it was staged in Preston, coming through a strong field which included the likes of Judd Trump, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams. Top prize this time is £125,000.

A spokesman for World Snooker said: “We are thrilled to be taking this great tournament to Southport for the first time. This is a marvellous opportunity to see the very best players on the planet. Certain sessions are sure to sell out quickly so fans must book now. It is sure to be a strong field packed with players in form and a tremendous spectacle of sport over the six days.”

Tickets start from £15. For all details visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets