The Bullet is currently World No.17 and will miss out on qualification unless he can outgun his nearest Order of Merit challengers in Milton Keynes. He also admits it will be a weird scenario at the Marshalls Arena, unlike any other ProTour event held before.
“I’m 17 in the rankings. There’s also a possibility that not all the top 16 seeded players are going to come over for it,
you just don’t know what’s going to happen. I can never count my chickens.
“Obviously I’ll be trying my hardest in Milton Keynes to earn that spot. I think I’m about £3,000 behind on the ProTour Order of Merit. “If I can have a good five days in Milton Keynes then I can make it to Blackpool in my own right”.
Dependant on the government statement, due at the start of July, there are multiple ways for the Liverpool ace to make it into the final thirty-two. Over the five day of the Summer Series he could play his way into an automatic place. Failing that other players may opt or be prevented from attending.
But BUnting is intent on overcoming the many challenges he faces in order to compete on the biggest stages once again.
“IF I CAN HAVE A GOOD FIVE DAYS IN MILTON KEYNES THEN I CAN MAKE IT TO BLACKPOOL IN MY OWN RIGHT.
Perhaps Stephen, a passionate LFC fan, will be inspired by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, who return to action on Sunday!
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