PTC Grand Final 2014 Snooker: Daily Results, Updated Schedule and Prize Money

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PTC Grand Final 2014 Snooker: Daily Results, Updated Schedule and Prize Money
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Snooker’s elite return to the Guild Hall, Preston, for the first time in nine years as the Players Championship Grand Finals get underway from March 26 to March 29.

According to the official World Snooker website, "The Guild Hall previously staged the UK Championship from 1978 to 1997 and the Grand Prix in 1998, 1999 and 2001 to 2005," and it counts some of the best players to ever take to their green baize amongst its champions.

Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White, John Parrott, John Higgins, Mark Williams and Ronnie O'Sullivan have all reigned supreme at the Guild Hall, and the latter three will be hoping to use their past glory to put together a strong run at the tournament this week.

Higgins, Williams and O’Sullivan join the European and Asian Tour’s top players in Preston who earned their cueing rights with strong performances over the 2013/14 season.

Since the tournament’s birth, the Players Championship Grand Finals has brought about some thrilling action, none more so than last year’s final as China’s Ding Junhui came from 3-0 down to win the title with a 4-3 victory over Neil Robertson, as reported by Eurosport.

Ding scooped the £100,000 first prize in dramatic fashion, and the same reward awaits this year’s victor on March 29.

Prize Fund (via World Snooker website)

Winner: £100,000
Runner-up: £38,000
Semi-finals: £20,000
Quarter-finals: £10,000
Last 16: £5,000
Last 32: £2,500
High break: £2,000
Total: £300,000

O'Sullivan enters this week’s tournament as the favourite, naturally, being the current world champion and recording four titles already this season including the Masters and the Welsh Open—and above all else, being Ronnie O'Sullivan.

The Rocket can’t afford to take anything for granted, though, with 14 of world snooker’s top 15 all in action in Preston: Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Barry Hawkins, Ricky Walden and Shaun Murphy are amongst several other talented potters looking to thwart O’Sullivan’s title charge.

The best-of-seven format brings about thrills, spills and comebacks galore, and with such a talented field, it’s safe to say that the Grand Finals is anyone’s tournament. One thing is for sure, though, it’s going to be a classic from the first red to the last black.

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