Tartan Trio Through To Snooker’s World Open

Scottish cuemen Marcus Campbell, Alan McManus and James McBain have all qualified for the final stages of the World Open in their home city of Glasgow next month.

The qualifying rounds in Sheffield finished on Tuesday, with three Scots booking their place in the last 32 of the world ranking event, which runs from September 18 to 26 at the SECC. They will be joined at the venue by Stephen Hendry, Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott, whose last-64 matches were held over.

McBain, age 32, scored the best win of his career in the final qualifying round with a 3-2 victory over World No 10 Mark Allen, to earn a trip to a ranking event venue for the first time.

Former Masters champion McManus impressed in a 3-0 defeat of up-and-coming Scot Anthony McGill, while Campbell boosted his hopes of gaining a place in the top 32 of the world rankings for the first time by edging out Simon Bedford 3-2.

Legend Jimmy White, former World Champion Ken Doherty, Hong Kong's Marco Fu, former UK Champion Matthew Stevens and young talent Judd Trump were among the others to make it through the qualifying rounds. There will be an international flavour to the event as Brazil's Igor Figueiredo, Thai amateur Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, China's Liu Song and Belgium's Bjorn Haneveer also progressed.

Other star names whose last 64 matches were held over include Ronnie O'Sullivan, Steve Davis, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby.

The tournament features a random draw for each round, and the last 32 draw will be made on Sunday, September 19.

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