Jack Lisowski reached the second round of the PTC Grand Finals in Galway today despite being told last month that his place in the tournament was not guaranteed.
Lisowski finished tied 24th with Michael White on the PTC order of merit but believed he had qualified because he had done the better of the two in PTC12, which was to be used to determine the standings in the event of a tie.
“World Snooker phoned my manager and said I’d have to play a play-off,” said Lisowski, after beating Barry Hawkins 4-3.
“I texted Matt from Prosnookerblog because he’s a fountain of knowledge and he texted straight back to say, no, it was clear in the PTC entry pack that I’d qualified.
“They wanted me to play an extra game before the Welsh Open qualifiers. I feel sorry for Michael but I’m delighted to be here.”
World Snooker said that the rule was not as clearly defined as it could have been.
Lisowski described his season as “rubbish.” He added: “I’ve been guarding points. I’ve had the wrong mentality but I’ve sorted that out now.”
The 20 year-old led 2-0 and 3-2 before Shootout champion Hawkins forced the decider.
From his initial chance, Lisowski knocked in a good long red and made 99 to go forward to a meeting with Neil Robertson tomorrow.