The 10-ball is 16 player invitational. I know it is top players, but a pretty small field. Do you count that event in the same category as these others?I can't ever remember a year in which there was this much competition for Player of the Year in pro pool. It's October and yet the picture is far from clear. Here is a year-to-date review.
Won the DCC 10-ball, World Pool Masters, UK Open, and won gold at the World Games. He got silver at the Derby City Classic 9-ball and Premier League Pool.
Shane Van Boening
Won the World Pool Championship gold and European Open silver.
Won the Premier League Pool and European Open. Won silver at the WPC.
Played some of the best pool ever seen at the Derby city Classic andtops the money list despite diminished opportunity to compete due to the Russian ban.
Won gold at the Derby City Classic 9-ball and at the World Cup of Pool, and managed silver at the UK Open. He's the #1 ranked player on Euro-tour, as well.
With the US Open 9-ball and the International 9-ball both to be played within the next month, I think all five of these are still in contention for Player of the Year. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, but Filler is surely the leader for Player of the Year to this point.
But certainly agree with your assessment that Filler is the leader at this point. Shame that Fedor has been excluded. The way he's been playing, not hard to see him being right there.