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World Rankings 1996/97

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± Difference from last year's world ranking
LR Last year's ranking
PLS Points last season

Rk Name ± LR PLS Points
1. Stephen Hendry 1 25.340 36.911
2. John Higgins +9 11 22.560 32.341
3. Peter Ebdon +7 10 20.392 28.115
4. John Parrott 4 17.319 24.339
5. Nigel Bond +7 12 16.152 22.699
6. Alan McManus 6 14.712 21.492
7. Ken Doherty +2 9 15.057 21.161
8. Ronnie O'Sullivan -5 3 11.829 21.007
9. Darren Morgan -1 8 13.007 19.142
10. Steve Davis -8 2 11.154 18.252
11. Dave Harold +2 13 11.927 18.247
12. James Wattana -7 5 11.289 17.641
13. Jimmy White -6 7 10.957 16.620
14. Alain Robidoux +6 20 10.794 16.058
15. Tony Drago -1 14 10.909 16.031
16. Mark J Williams +23 39 12.130 15.988

17. Joe Swail +2 19 11.256 15.966
18. Andy Hicks -1 17 10.583 15.371
19. Gary Wilkinson +4 23 10.577 15.251
20. Rod Lawler +20 40 10.847 14.565
21. Neal Foulds +7 28 10.860 14.430
22. Anthony Hamilton +9 31 10.480 14.415
23. Terry Griffiths -8 15 9.246 14.226
24. Steve James +2 26 10.699 13.699
25. Willie Thorne 25 8.911 13.534
26. Dennis Taylor +6 32 9.231 13.229
27. Dene O'Kane -9 18 9.749 13.176
28. Dave Finbow +19 47 9.855 12.946
29. Jason Ferguson 29 8.722 12.839
30. Chris Small +32 62 9.130 12.788
31. Stephen Lee +6 37 9.390 12.751
32. Mick Price -11 21 7.581 12.101

33. Martin Clark -11 22 8.009 11.840
34. David Roe -18 16 7.276 11.804
35. Billy Snaddon -2 33 7.477 11.487
36. Fergal O'Brien +2 38 8.572 11.415
37. Anthony Davies +8 45 7.962 11.288
38. Dean Reynolds -8 30 7.140 11.019
39. Mark King +13 52 7.440 10.943
40. Drew Henry -5 35 7.815 10.913
41. Terry Murphy +20 61 8.177 10.855
42. Tony Knowles -18 24 7.425 10.853
43. Mark Bennett -1 42 7.715 10.786
44. Mark Johnston-Allen +5 49 6.990 10.541
45. Tony Chappel +8 53 7.107 10.358
46. Mike Hallett -12 34 6.322 10.035
47. Joe Johnson +9 56 6.812 9.785
48. Wayne Jones +9 57 7.145 9.725
49. Brian Morgan -22 27 6.142 9.719
50. Mark Flowerdew +4 54 6.335 9.510
51. Karl Payne +29 80 6.825 9.438
52. Nick Terry -6 46 7.042 9.320
53. Paul Davies +13 66 5.480 9.165
54. Jamie Burnett +19 73 6.820 9.115
55. Mark Davis +4 59 6.002 8.950
56. Jason Prince -1 55 6.765 8.864
57. Karl Broughton +21 78 6.695 8.643
58. Graeme Dott +132 190 6.734 8.584
59. Doug Mountjoy -23 36 5.160 8.445
60. Jimmy Michie +29 89 6.160 8.410
61. Stephen Murphy -11 50 5.302 8.238
62. Euan Henderson +28 90 5.005 8.173
63. Tony Jones -20 43 5.480 8.168
64. Jonathan Birch -1 63 5.730 8.044

65. Paul McPhillips -1 64 5.052 7.863
66. Chris Scanlon +20 86 5.910 7.840
67. Matthew Stevens +169 236 6.430 7.811
68. Jamie Woodman +28 96 5.510 7.748
69. Ian Brumby 69 4.855 7.718
70. Steve Newbury -10 60 5.267 7.473
71. Michael Judge +29 100 4.870 7.330
72. Gerard Greene +38 110 5.910 7.285
73. Yasin Merchant +34 107 5.680 7.270
74. Gary Ponting +39 113 5.900 7.252
75. Tony Meo 75 5.245 7.215
76. Shokat Ali +11 87 5.135 7.213
77. John Read +15 92 4.195 7.040
78. Paul Hunter NEW - 6.885 6.885
79. Barry Pinches +53 132 5.295 6.865
80. Nick Walker +14 94 4.820 6.848
81. Stefan Mazrocis -9 72 4.360 6.820
82. Nigel Gilbert -38 44 3.877 6.811
83. Matthew Couch -7 76 4.335 6.783
84. Nick Dyson +18 102 4.660 6.688
85. Marcus Campbell +31 116 4.855 6.680
86. Antony Bolsover +11 97 4.600 6.660
87. Dominic Dale -8 79 4.240 6.653
88. Stephen O'Connor -18 70 4.415 6.563
89. Stuart Pettman +34 123 4.890 6.515
90. Danny Fowler +29 65 4.707 6.500
91. Cliff Thorburn -50 41 3.237 6.456
92. Mark Rowing -4 88 4.535 6.413
93. Darren Clarke -25 68 4.095 6.345
94. Paul Cavney +18 112 3.840 6.333
95. Nick Pearce +109 204 5.188 6.318
96. Matt Wilson +38 134 4.333 6.316
97. Surinder Gill +1 98 4.815 6.305
98. Jason Wallace +22 120 3.860 6.290
99. Alex Higgins -48 51 3.877 6.202
100. Oliver King +22 122 4.500 6.140

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Comments

Stephen Hendry is still the No. 1 player, as he's been since 1990. John Higgins is the new runner-up. He jumps all the way from 11th to this a new personal best. Peter Ebdon also makes a major leap, from 10th to 3rd, the best he's ever had too. The No. 4 spot is still in the property of John Parrott, but Nigel Bond beats his previous best by entering 5th. Alan McManus keeps on to his 6th position for the fourth consecutive season. Completing the top eight are Ken Doherty and Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Irishman moves up two places to equal his personal best whilst Ronnie drops five places to No.8.

Further down the list three of the best known players in the world are struggling. Steve Davis drops to 10th, James Wattana to 12th and Jimmy White to 13th.

Dave Harold moves to a personal best 11th and at 14 we find the first of the two newcomers in the top 16, Alain Robidoux. He enters the elite at 14th from a previous 20th. Mark J Williams is the second "newbie". The young Welshman moves to 16th from 39th.

Terry Griffiths and David Roe lose their top 16 positions. Griffiths falls down to 23rd and Roe fares even worse; he leaves the top 32 and now lies in 34th.

Graeme Dott is the best second-year pro with a 58th position and Paul Hunter is the best rookie at 78th.

Other major movers are: Rod Lawler (40th to 20th), Neal Foulds (28th to 21st), Anthony Hamilton (31st to 22nd), Dave Finbow (47th to 28th), Chris Small (62nd to 30th), Matthew Stevens (236th to 67th) and Nick Pearce (204th to 95th).

Two former world champions, Cliff Thorburn and Alex Higgins are starting to find life tough in the major league as they drop to 91st and 99th respectively.

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