Judd Trump came one step closer to regaining the world number one spot thanks to the huge £100,000 he picked up for winning the World Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 29-year-old moved up to number four in the world thanks to his 10-6 victory over Ali Carter in Cheltenham.
Trump has held the coveted number one spot twice before, in 2012 and 2013, but relinquished it to Mark Selby both times, the man who currently tops the world rankings.
However, he is aiming to return to the top of the rankings, but must overtake Selby, Mark Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan to do so.
Beaten finalist Carter picked up £40,000 for finishing runner-up in Cheltenham and also moved up one place in the rankings to #18.
The men who lost out in the rankings to Trump and Carter were John Higgins who has slid to #5 and Joe Perry who has sunk to #19.
The Welsh Open began on Monday morning at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff with £70,000 available to the winner.
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