As far as I’m concerned, Simon Bedford’s 5-4 defeat of Mark Williams in the final qualifying round of the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Prestatyn today will be one of the biggest shocks we will see all season.
Be honest, who saw it coming?
It means Williams misses out on the final stages of a ranking event for the first time since the 1996 World Championship.
And taken with Ken Doherty’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of John Parrott it proves how hard it is for top players to adjust to the qualifying set up after many years in the elite top 16.
But what’s interesting is that it isn’t the new faces getting through to venues, more some old stagers.
Parrott and Steve Davis both won this morning, as did experienced campaigners like Bedford, Dave Harold Anthony Hamilton, Jimmy Michie and Michael Holt.
Only Ricky Walden could be classed as an up and comer, and he’s been that for a few years now.