Southport will host a snooker world ranking event for the first time early next year when the Coral Players Championship comes to the town. The event will run from February 24th to March 1st in 2020 at the Southport Waterfront. Tickets will be on sale soon. The Coral Players Championship features the leading 16 players on snooker’s one-year ranking list. Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title last season, beating Neil Robertson in the final. The match had a memorable finish as O’Sullivan made the 1,000th century break of his career in the last frame. Other top stars in the field last season, when the event was staged in Preston, included Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams. The one-year ranking list started at the Riga Masters last July, and the cut-off point for the Coral Players Championship is the Shoot Out which finishes on February 23rd. The top 16 on the list at that point go through to Southport. The 16 players will start in a seeded draw, with a knockout format. All matches will be best of 11 frames, until the final which is best of 19. It’s the second of three events in the Coral Series, preceded by the 32-man Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham (February 3-9) and followed by the eight-man Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 17-22). The player earning the most money across the series will receive the Coral Cup and a £100,000 bonus. All three events are televised live by ITV. Total prize money in Southport will be £385,000 with the winner to receive £125,000.