The random draw format at the Royal London Watches Grand Prix has been a great success and the draws themselves full of excitement but MC Rob Walker, who presided over the quarter-final draw last night, made himself and the game look stupid by announcing Steve Davis had drawn John Parrott.
In fact, Parrott was about to play Ali Carter who, perhaps fired up by being completely forgotten, went through him 5-0.
Parrott himself was not impressed. He said: “To be perfectly honest I’m a little bit embarrassed about that. Ali came up to me behind the curtain and said ‘Good luck in the next round.
“I know that was a joke and I’m not blaming Rob for what happened in the match but he will have to do better than that.”
Many people like Walker's relentless enthusiasm. However, he is ultimately there to bring the players into the arena - nothing more, nothing less.
I hear he is planning to get children involved in the intros tomorrow.
World Snooker should not let this happen. The tournament is about the players, not the master of ceremonies and this is supposed to be one our major events so should be treated with the appropriate dignity.