It’s been a fairytale 16 months for Judd Trump.
The 30-year-old Ace in the Pack has scooped 8 ranking events in that time and has become one of the famous five who’ve won five ranking events in one season.
He joins Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui as a tiny elite who’ve accomplished this incredible feat of winning.
Trump’s fifth came over the weekend at the Coral Players Championship as he defeated 20-year-old Chinese talent Yan Bingtao cruising to a 10 -4 win.
All the hard work had been done in the first session as Trump came out on top 6 – 2, but Yan won the last frame of the session with a 95 break to give himself a squeak going into the second session.
The second session started with a slightly nervy Trump, as Yan knocked in a 77, winning the first two, but then Trump went through the gears and found the form to win comfortably in the end.
Let’s not forget the sterling season of Yan Bingtao. The Chinese youngster won his first ranking title in Riga at the Riga Masters, and he said after – aided by manager Victoria Shi, who runs the Victoria Snooker Academy in Sheffield, said Bingtao had no regrets this season and was happy with his win in Riga.
Trump’s spoils this season…
- 2019 Northern Ireland Open
- 2019 International Championship
- 2019 World Open
- 2020 German Masters
- 2020 Coral Players Championship
Prior to that, Judd had scooped the 2019 World Championship, the Coral World Grand Prix, and the 2018 Northern Ireland Open.
Stephen Hendry was the youngest ever World Champion at 21, and then went onto win five ranking events in the 1990/91 season. He couldn’t retain the World title though in 91 and that went to John Parrott.
Although there are a lot more events now, Trump’s win is as incredible as ever because of the depth in talent on the tour, and the number of events now on offer. With three ranking events left this season, including the World Championship, there’s a BIG possibility of Trump becoming the first player to win six in a season.
The last in the Coral series begins on the 17th March with the Tour Championship by the seaside in Llandudno, Wales.
Here’s a visual of who’s won how many so far…
Watch: Steve Davis explains Judd Trump’s unorthodox cueing at the 2018 World Championships…
Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years’ experience writing for the web.
He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!