2017–18 snooker season
The 2017–18 snooker season was a series of professional snooker tournaments played between 4 May 2017 and 7 May 2018. The season began with the pro–am Vienna Snooker Open in May 2017 and ended with the 2018 World Snooker Championship in April the following year. Ronnie O'Sullivan earned a joint-record five ranking titles in the season. He joined Stephen Hendry (1990/1991), Ding Junhui (2013/2014), and Mark Selby (2016/2017) in winning five ranking titles in the same season.
The China Championship became a ranking event and was brought forward to a mid-August date, ahead of the Paul Hunter Classic. The Shanghai Masters was initially withdrawn from the season calendar, but was later rescheduled for November 2017. The biennial World Cup team event was played in July 2017. Another event not held every year returning in 2017 was the 2017 IWGA World Games. The Snooker Shoot Out was brought forward to the start of February, ahead of both the World Grand Prix and Welsh Open.
The second edition of the Home Nations Series was being held in this season with the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open tournaments. For a single winner of all four tournaments would earn a bonus of £1 million.
The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2017 World Championship, and the 31 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualified for the season (Rouzi Maimaiti has resigned his membership). Next, eight places were allocated to the top 8 on the One Year Ranking List who have not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another two players came from the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs, and a further 12 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners, and four best-ranked players in the Order of Merit). The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations. Hamza Akbar received a tour card as a special dispensation in place of America's nomination.
The list of all professional players in the 2017/2018 season consist of 131 players, including the standard field of the 128 players and three invitational tour cards (James Wattana has second year of a two-year invitational tour card while Jimmy White and Ken Doherty were awarded the new two-year permission). Beginning from this season, players with invitational tour cards are eligible to compete in any ranking event. These players are seeded after main tour professionals, but above amateur top ups taken from the Q School ranking list.
New professional players
All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.
The following tables outlines the results and dates for all the ranking and major invitational events.
Note that the "Seeding revisions" given below are just those rankings that are used for seeding tournaments. Other rankings are produced after each ranking event which are not noted here.
- "Season start" are the rankings at the start of the season, before the 2017 Riga Masters. These are not the same as the final rankings for the 2016/17 season. As well as players being added and removed as they join and leave the tour, the rankings at the start of the season excluded points gained in the 2015 Riga Open which had been included in the final rankings for 2016/17.
- "Seeding revision 1" included points gained in the 2017 Riga Masters
- "Seeding revision 2" are the rankings after the 2017 Indian Open
- "Seeding revision 3" are the rankings after the 2017 World Open
- "Seeding revision 4" are the rankings after the 2017 European Masters
- "Seeding revision 5" are the rankings after the 2017 International Championship
- "Seeding revision 6" are the rankings after the 2017 Northern Ireland Open
- "Seeding revision 7" are the rankings after the 2017 UK Championship
- "Seeding revision 8" are the rankings after the 2017 Scottish Open
- "Seeding revision 9" are the rankings after the 2018 Snooker Shoot Out
- "Seeding revision 10" are the rankings after the 2018 China Open
- "Seeding revision 11" are the final season rankings after the 2018 World Snooker Championship
Seeding revision 1
Seeding revision 2
Seeding revision 3
Seeding revision 4
Seeding revision 5
Seeding revision 6
Seeding revision 7
Seeding revision 8
Seeding revision 9
Seeding revision 10
Seeding revision 11
2017/2018 points distribution for world ranking events:
Finalists in ranking tournaments
- Snooker season 2017/2018 at Snooker.org