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Since the snooker world rankings began in 1976 only seven players have held the number one position - Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Additionally, it has been twenty years since any player other than Hendry, (J.) Higgins, Williams or O'Sullivan has held the top spot. Also, every former World number one has been a former World Champion.

Alex Higgins would have been ranked number 1 in 1982/83 but had ranking points deducted as a result of disciplinary action.

The snooker players ranked number one in the world are listed below for each season since rankings began.

Season Name Nationality
1976/77 Ray Reardon Flag of Wales Wales
1977/78 Ray Reardon Flag of Wales Wales
1978/79 Ray Reardon Flag of Wales Wales
1979/80 Ray Reardon Flag of Wales Wales
1980/81 Ray Reardon Flag of Wales Wales
1981/82 Cliff Thorburn Flag of Canada Canada
1982/83 Ray Reardon Flag of Wales Wales
1983/84 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1984/85 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1985/86 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1986/87 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1987/88 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1988/89 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1989/90 Steve Davis Flag of England England
1990/91 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1991/92 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1992/93 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1993/94 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1994/95 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1995/96 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1996/97 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1997/98 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
1998/99 John Higgins Flag of Scotland Scotland
1999/00 John Higgins Flag of Scotland Scotland
2000/01 Mark Williams Flag of Wales Wales
2001/02 Mark Williams Flag of Wales Wales
2002/03 Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England England
2003/04 Mark Williams Flag of Wales Wales
2004/05 Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England England
2005/06 Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England England
2006/07 Stephen Hendry Flag of Scotland Scotland
2007/08 John Higgins Flag of Scotland Scotland
2008/09 Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England England
2009/10 Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England England
Snooker world rankings
Rankings explainedRanking TournamentsWorld Number OnesTop 16 Players
1976/77 1977/78 1978/79 1979/80
1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1989/90
1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00
2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11

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