The waiting is nearly over, and the best 17 days of the year are upon us.
The first thing to say is that it is very odd that R.O'Sullivan has been scheduled to play on Day 1. And, given that him and M.Selby have been given difficult opening matches - it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that the 'Big 2' (because that is what they are) - could both be out by tomorrow morning. It gets the tournament off to a high profile start, but it's a strange decision. On the theme of O'Sullivan's schedule - his potential 2nd round match will be played over 2 days and not 3 - which is the first time since 2007 that this has been the case.
Anyway, everyone is full of optimism at this stage, me included, and hopefully this is the year The Hawk lands the title. He has had a bad year with family problems away from the table, but he's started to find a bit of form reaching the final of The Welsh Open and The China Open, he has a decent draw, and his schedule is ideal. He just needs to find his scoring boots. If he does, then another big Crucible challenge looks on the cards.
thought there were some shrewdies on here the Rocket's gone up too far in the handicap as a result of his wins this seasons ally that to the mini heatwave making the erstwhile soft/heavy going extremely tacky and you have a recipe for an upset havinf said that Maguire is nearly sans pareil at finding ways to snatch defeat from the jaws..
thought there were some shrewdies on herethe Rocket's gone up too far in the handicap as a result of his wins this seasonsally that to the mini heatwave making the erstwhile soft/heavy going extremely tackyand you have a recipe for an upsethavinf sai